We place top priority of the health of our wonderful golden retrievers and this starts with good food. Over the years as breeders, we have had the opportunity to try out many different brands of dog food, starting with some cheap off brands from big box stores and moving eventually moving toward the overall health of our dogs. The cheap brands made our dogs less vibrant with dry coats, flaky skin, and bad odor. We didn’t want to see our dogs suffer from bad food, so we moved up to a slightly more expensive dog food that promised to be more beneficial to our dogs. Instead of a great improvement, they still maintained their thrifty appearance, dull coat, and a generally uninviting appearance.
The shelves at the big box stores have so many different choices, so we started trying one food, then another. Our dogs turned their noses up to some foods, and liked others, but we were less than satisfied with the overall result even though we were now spending at least twice as much as we initially did. Here are three Windy Knoll Goldens approved dog foods.
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We happened to be glancing through our Facebook page and noticed a message from someone telling us about a dog food product called PawTree. I had never heard of it. It offered both good grain and grain free options — something I knew from research was much better for our pets than wheat, soy or corn ingredients. It also didn’t contain white potatoes which is high in starch which is high glycemic and can lead to diabetes. We were intrigued. By the end of her sales pitch we were hooked. No recalls, top notch ingredients, no fillers, no starches, low glycemic. This was almost the dream food we had been searching for. We say almost, because we knew it wasn’t as good as a raw food meat and veggies diet. But as far as kibble goes, it was the best we had ever heard of. Click here to order the puppy starter kit!
The Honest Kitchen is one of the few brands that you can count on for the highest quality human grade organic dog food with good grain or grain free varieties. While they have kibble, we are more interested in the low heat dehydrated dog food that is a better option than straight kibble. Like PawTree, they offer many natural options including dog food, treats, snacks, and supplements. Click here to get 20% off your first order!
B.A.R.F. is a truly raw food which gives growing puppies the best nutrition possible; especially if you make your own food, sourcing ingredients from organic farms. They offer various formulas which are freeze dried raw food. This preserves vital nutrients that your dog needs to be the most healthy. This is probably the most true-to-life food you can get for your golden retriever. You can also choose to make your own dog food based on the B.A.R.F. formula, which requires some extra work, but the results are worth it if you have the time and money to maintain this diet for your golden. Here is one such formula!