We believe in feeding our kids the most healthful foods and as organic of fruits & veggies we can, so we feed our Labs the same way!
Healthy feeding for dogs is important for many reasons. The better you feed your dog, the longer your dog may thrive. The less Vet bills you will incur, and the better quality of life your beloved Lab will have.
I get grossed out reading commercial dog food labels off the store shelves. The ingredients are loaded with unidentified items, preservatives, chemicals, and just nastiness. I can’t imagine feeding any of it. Glyphosate, Cancer Tissue from ill animals being used as ingredient (think lamb, cow, chicken, etc), Fluoride, Gluten, and even grains. I’m going to be honest, I have personally found hair/string/something in commercial dog food on more than one occasion. It’s just gross!
Healthy Feeding for Dogs
We’ve developed a holistic + organic feeding routine that provides human-grade nutrition covering what domesticated dogs need. We also give natural supplements for added support to their bodies and brain. The organic veggie and fruit base we use is grain free and loaded with goodness. We feed grass-fed raw meats, wild-fish, & other real foods are given for daily protein. Yep, that’s right, veggies, fruit, nor bone broth lasts too long at our house. Raw chicken feet are a calcium/collagen loaded and beloved treat too!
There’s a lot of organic and holistic minded dog treat recipes on our website.
We include Coconut Oil as a treat & we give Salmon Oil with different meals if that meal doesn’t include an oily fish. Both are very healthy oils that support a dog in different ways. We do prefer to get the Omega’s in via fresh fish but Salmon Oil is an excellent supplement. Coconut Oil is given to our Labs to help with digestion and a soft coat with conditioned skin. Salmon Oil is given to them to add support to their brain development and immune systems. Plus it really helps keep their joints in good condition. Chia Powder is another great supplement. We grind seeds into powder for absorption. The seeds don’t really digest well. Hemp Hearts or Hemp Heart Powder, Green Lipped Mussels.. Lots of goodness in the kitchen for these California silver Labs!
Not Everyone Feeds Dehydrated + Raw (and sometimes cooked)
We didn’t always raw feed. In the beginning when we were considering what to feed, we looked around at more holistic dog foods with fresh and real ingredients. I asked the breeder we got our male from and he pointed me to Life’s Abundance. I didn’t know anyone who fed the brand to their dogs so I was glad to have some one to ask about it. He confirmed everything I’d read. That made me comfortable with the products.
The food was developed by a holistic Veterinarian, it’s produced in small batches, the freshness and quality is guaranteed by a refund policy. No recalls on any of the products. Ever. There are grain-free options and many choice treat options. We fed our male this top-grade kibble as our base feed for the first six months and then began feeding it as part of a hybrid with raw meats and veggies and fruits before we moved to dehydrated + raw feeding. This is the kibble we recommend when we’re asked for kibble recommendations.
I’ve been asked how we can recommend a kibble we don’t feed. It’s pretty simple, we did feed this kibble. If we went back to kibble, we would feed Life’s Abundance for all the reasons I wrote about above. We prefer to raw feed because we feel it’s best for our dogs and our lifestyle preference.
Puppies eat Life’s Abundance
Because 90% (I made that statistic up because it sounds pretty on target, lol) of our puppy families are going to feed kibble to their fur-babies, we chose to feed our puppies Life’s Abundance. This helps transition the puppies easier at their new home if they’re already eating a high-grade kibble. This further supports our recommendation of feeding Life’s Abundance when using a kibble. Again, we use it! They get yummy goat’s milk and other awesome goodness too. All Turning Leaf Labs are holistic fur-babies, lol!
PS. A tablespoon of kefir or plain yogurt or plain pure pumpkin every once in a while will get you a smile every time, we promise!
Amy | Turning Leaf Labradors 🍃