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I’m always interested in finding out about what people are feeding their dogs. I have to admit: sometimes I like getting discussions about dog food going, simply to see the horror in people’s eyes when I tell them that I just feed my Boxers the store brand.
My reasons for feeding generic dog food are pretty simple. The first reason is simply: “It ain’t broke.” And we know, don’t we, that if it ain’t broke, we don’t need to fix it! I’ve raised many, many dogs to well beyond their life expectancy, so I’m pretty confident that what I’m feeding them is just fine. My vet agrees with me.
The second reason is that it saves me money: a lot of money. A writer’s life doesn’t bring in a lot of the green stuff, unless, of course, you’re a freakin’ powerhouse like Stephen King or Joyce Carol Oates. Still, I don’t go hungry, and I’m able to keep up with the mortgage payments on my little house. Anything I save on dog food can be spent on toys for Janice and Leroy, or on books about dogs, so I think the benefits outweigh any potential downside. And I haven’t yet found a downside to feeding store brand dog food.
Of course, I have to follow this by pointing out that I’ve never showed dogs, and I’ve never entered my dogs in athletic competitions. If I did engage in either activity, I expect that I would probably be on the hunt for a dog food more appropriate to those needs.
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I’m not going to go into that here. Every dog food has its good and bad points. The best dog foods simply have more good than bad. Pretty much everyone, too, has a brand that they swear by. You wouldn’t believe some of the heated discussions people get into down at the dog park – the Blue Buffalo people will insist that their brand is best, the Beneful people swear by their brand, the Ekanuba folks won’t even consider anything else, and the Fromm contingent will tell you that you’re just killing your dog by degrees if you feed any other brand!
It gets pretty crazy. If you think talking religion or politics brings out the worst in people, just start on dog food!
Anyway, the other day down at the dog park, the discussion was raging – “Ekanuba!” “No, Blue Buffalo!” “Purina!” And then, a little voice piped up, “Nutrisca.”
Everyone kind of went silent, because honestly, most of us hadn’t heard of Nutrisca.
Well, I was curious. Curiosity is, of course, pretty much my default setting. So when I got home, I parked myself at the computer and set about learning more about Nutrisca dog food and the ingredients it contains. Now, I’ll share what I’ve learned with you, and you can make your own decision as to whether Nutrisca dog food has the ingredients that will give your dog the nutrition he needs for his breed and level of activity.
Perhaps the reason many of us hadn’t heard of Nutrisca is that it’s actually a subsidiary of a company known as Dogswell. Dogswell is the brainchild of Marco Giannini, who was something of a visionary when it comes to dog health. He was of the belief that many health problems that are common to dogs can actually be corrected by means of proper nutrition. So he set to work developing filler-free dog food that contained no artificial ingredients, and was rich in vitamins and minerals. His first products contained glucosamine and chondroitin, which were almost unheard of as dog food additives back in 2004 when he started his work.
Following the introduction of Dogswell, Giannini expanded the brand to include Happy Hips, Boundless, Super Boost, Vitality, and Nutrisca. All brands were predicated on healthy ingredients as well as added vitamins and minerals.
As a feeder of generic dog food, you can imagine that it takes something pretty good to get me excited about a “brand name.” I have to say, though, from what I’ve been able to determine, Nutrisca dog food really does have ingredients that you can get excited about. Even a lot of the really expensive brands have me sort of going “Meh” when I read the ingredient list and discover that they’re not really any higher in nutrients than my generic brand, and the nutrients that they actually are higher in aren’t the important ones.
So, just for the heck of it, and because I never take anything that I read online to be the absolute truth, I went out and bought a bag of Nutrica dog food to see the ingredients list.
First of all, there’s no artificial flavoring or coloring. That, in itself, is impressive. Second, there are no fillers like soy or corn, so if you prefer a grain-free diet, that’s a plus. I don’t mind a bit of filler in my dogs’ food, but then, as I’ve said, I’m not showing or doing agility.
One thing I really, really love about this dog food, though, is that the manufacturers seem to understand that dogs are omnivores.
I know, some of you are going to get mad at me and say “Dogs are carnivores!” but with all due respect, you’re wrong. If you’ve ever, for instance, taken your dog for a walk through a blueberry batch and watched him nibble at the available fruit, you should know that you’re wrong! If you’ve ever seen a dog happily dig through his food to extract the cooked carrots that he likes a lot more than his dry or canned meaty offering, then again, you should know that you’re wrong.
Yes, dogs do best on a mainly meat diet, but they love other things, as well, and benefit from them. Nutrisca adds veggies, fruits, and other things that will keep your dog healthy and happy, while leaving out the things that you might not want – like corn and soy.
Yes, there is, but it has nothing to do with the Nutrisca dog food ingredients. Rather, it has to do with the fact that a lot of stores don’t carry Nutrisca, so you might find it difficult to obtain. You can, however, buy Nutrisca grain free dog food at Amazon, and usually for less than what you would expect to pay at a retail outlet.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that you will also pay more for Nutrisca, even at Amazon, than you will for most other dog foods. This could be considered a downside, but given the quality of the food, I think it’s relatively low on the “downside” scale. This is an incredibly nutritious food. Just take a look at this breakdown:
These figures far exceed what’s available in most dog foods. Just as an example, the minimum crude protein in a dog food for it to be considered nutritionally sound is 18%. Now, compare that with the 32% in the Nutrisca dog food ingredients!
Keep in mind, too, that the main proteins in Nutrisca’s dog food ingredients come from sources like lamb, salmon and chicken. When you add in the fruits and vegetables, you have a dog food that will give your best buddy everything he needs to enjoy a long, happy, healthy life.
As a footnote, I might also mention that there have been no recent recalls reported on Nutrisca, so you can be assured that this food is absolutely safe for your dog.
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Am I going to start giving Janice and Leroy Nutrisca dog food? No. The ingredients are fantastic, and I have no problem at all recommending this food for your dog, but as I’ve said, my dogs are neither show animals nor athletes. They don’t need it. I’m sticking with the status quo.
If your dog does need something a little more robust than what I give my guys, though, I have to tell you that I’m very happy to have found this little-known brand, and to pass on what I’ve learned to you. If you don’t mind spending a bit of money to get a really good, high-quality, high-protein food for your dog, then you could do a lot worse than Nutrisca. Two thumbs up, for sure!