Dog food mixes are designed as a base to which you add fresh foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products (yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese) to make a complete diet. Although more expensive than a homemade diet, they offer similar nutritional benefits and facilitate preparation, while helping to ensure that all of your dog’s nutritional needs are met (as long as the mixture meets AAFCO’s instructions).
There are many products on the market, ranging from those that are complete diets even without added foods (but are designed to stay balanced when fresh foods are added), to those that provide little nutritional information and should not be relied upon to provide a complete diet. , but can be used for occasional feeding. Pay attention to these details when choosing the product to feed your dog.
The following foods are prepared to meet AAFCO instructions when fed according to the instructions:
|Honest cooking|| It offers dehydrated foods that can be used as whole diets, but are designed so that you can add your own fresh foods. Preference and new varieties of Hale and Kindly should have fresh food. Only for adult dogs.
Available on Amazon. The food is prepared in a food factory and tested for melamine. “All our food, except for the tastes, is designed to meet and exceed the nutritional characteristics of AAFCO.
|Balance the authentic IT mixes||Balance IT, a company that has just started making a mixture of vitamins and minerals (see below), also offers “original blends”, designed to be fueled by extra meat and, in most cases, oil. Mixtures are a mixture of oats or potatoes, plus olive oil, cellulose powder (insoluble fiber) and all the synthetic vitamins and minerals in the regular supplement.|
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Mixtures of vitamins and minerals
These blends of vitamins and minerals are designed to balance deficient home diets, including providing the right amount of calcium. Some of them use whole foods with synthetic ingredients, while others use only synthetic ingredients. Note that they differ from traditional vitamin and mineral supplements designed to be added to complete diets.
|Balance IT|| Balance IT Canine is a supplement designed by veterinarians to balance a very limited diet rich in carbohydrates (similar to mixtures of vitamins and minerals added to commercial foods). I do not recommend their recipes that have an extremely high carbohydrate content with minimal amounts of protein. Instead, choose recipes that are higher in meat and lower in carbohydrates.
A new version called IT Carnivore Blend Balancing is designed to balance a diet rich in protein. Recipes include only meat and vegetable oil (without carbohydrates).
IT Balance supplements use only synthetic ingredients and not whole foods. A complete nutritional analysis is provided.
Note: Balance IT also manufactures Canine-K, a low-phosphorus supplement for dogs with kidney disease (the new Plus version has no phosphorus at all!), And Canine-Cu, a copper-free supplement for dogs with liver disease. Both need a prescription from your veterinarian.
Note that Balance IT has a strong odor that can frustrate many dogs.
|Fresh + Oasis Canine||A mixture of vitamins and minerals that are meant to balance a meat diet. It seems to be only suitable for adult dogs. It mainly uses synthetic ingredients. Partial nutritional analysis is included. It seems complete, but no AAFCO statement has been provided.
Note that it is better to feed a variety of different foods, not just meat.
|The farmer’s dog||It offers DIY recipes and customized supplement mixes, which cost about $ 3-7 (including shipping) per bag, each of which produces about 5 pounds of food. ” We have designed all our meals to meet the requirements of AAFCO and NRC. ” There is only one sample of beef recipe + sweet potato on the site to get an idea of what their food includes.|
|Homemade hearth||Hearthstone Homemade offers two cookbooks, one for ready meals and one for raw, as well as two blends of supplements designed to complement their recipes. Type A is a mixture of vitamins and minerals and type B is fish oil and vitamin E. When measured and used according to instructions, each container of type A powder will last about a month. for 50 pounds. dog, two months for a 23 kg dog and 4 months for an 8 pound dog. dog. Formula B oil will last more than 3 months for 50 pounds. dog. See Example of a cooked recipe. You can also order a free program guide. A complete nutritional analysis is included for each recipe.
Dr. Tudor will also consult your veterinarian to provide personalized prescriptions for specific health conditions.
|Complete veterinary innovations||iViBlend provides trace elements and vitamins that are often lacking in limited home diets. WARNING: It does not provide calcium, which must be added separately! The company sells two calcium supplements separately: TerraCal, made from egg shells and beef, so it provides calcium and phosphorus and Calga, a calcium supplement based only on red seaweed (the amount of other ingredients in the two supplements is negligible). You can also use your own calcium supplement.|
|JustFoodForDogs JustDoItYourself Kits||This company manufactures cooked and frozen foods using customized supplement mixes. You can also buy JustDoItYourself kits that include the recipe and blend of custom supplements to prepare your own food at home. Each pack of supplements produces about ten pounds of food.
The company will also make custom blends for a single amount of $ 195. Then you can choose to have the company prepare the food for you or you can buy the customized supplement mix to make it at home.
|Learn more about pet food||It offers several varieties:
Better on the rough, designed for those who eat raw food (there are two versions, one with liver and one without for those who include liver in the diet).
U-Stew, for those who eat cooked diets (same ingredients with the addition of probiotics and digestive enzymes).
Better pieces, for those who eat commercial diets.
The site says its products “meet and exceed AAFCO’s guidelines” and that U-Stew is a batch of human-quality dry ingredients to prepare a balanced homemade diet for all stages of life, but the amount of calcium and Phosphorus mentioned in their nutritional analysis would not be sufficient for puppies. The amount of fat in the diet would be very high if you use 85% lean beef shown in their example. Use better fatty meats unless you have a working dog.
|Mixed meal for dogs, by Dr. Mercola||As with Balance IT above, this product is designed to balance the homemade recipes you create using their recipe maker by choosing your own meats, vegetables and starchy foods. Recipes are intended for adult dogs, but take into account the level of activity. The recipes are designed to match a package of meal mix supplement and are then divided (for small dogs) or multiplied (for large dogs) in quantities suitable for your dog. The nutritional profile shows quantities per 1000 kcal only and does not show the total amount of protein or fat other than a percentage rather than grams per 1000 kcal (I hope this will change in a future version).|
|MyPetGrocer Canine A mixture of vitamins and minerals for dogs||Mixture of vitamins and minerals designed to balance a cooked diet Each pack of 1 pound balances 40 pounds of food. The recipes are no longer published on the site, but my previous notes show, “They use about half the meat and half the starchy vegetables, with water and oils. Note that the recipes use very low fat meats with a lot of oil added (they won’t) you wanted to add as much oil if you use fatty meats, even with low-fat meats, the amount can be very high, about 1 tablespoon per pound of food, which provides 13.5 grams of fat and more 120 calories will recommend reducing the amount of sunflower oil and flaxseed added to 1/4 maximum than suggested (about 1 tablespoon of each food for 10 pounds). ”
No nutritional analysis is provided, but this product is used by Rayne Clinical Nutrition, where you can see a nutritional analysis of their maintenance diets (which may be the same as MyPetGrocer recipes) using this mixture.
|Natabol Petz Organics Petabolics||Petabolics contains all the vitamins and minerals required by AAFCO for adult dogs (not suitable for puppies). Although he claims to be “for raw, homemade, dehydrated, lyophilized and dry croquettes”, It is only suitable for homemade diets that do not include beef liver. If added to a complete commercial diet of any kind, it could be very rich in copper, iron and zinc (especially copper is a cause for concern). If added to a complete commercial diet approved for all stages of life or a homemade diet that includes raw meat bones, the amount of calcium may be higher than safe in some cases.
Keep in mind that this company’s website and product label are confusing. The label indicates the actual amounts of nutrients, but not the amount of supplement to which these measures apply or their relationship to the recommended dosage. Some people claim that this supplement meets the needs for fatty acids, but this does not apply to linoleic acid (omega-6), which would require additional supplementation if you follow a homemade diet that does not include fat. poultry, leather or vegetable oils. The company manufactures a range of meal mixer products, including meal balancers, meal cutters and PawR foods. Only Petabolics and PawR claim to comply with AAFCO guidelines. Peaks do not appear to contain vitamins and minerals, and many make unfounded medical claims.
|The call of nature of Wysong||Powder designed to balance all meat-based diets (homemade without diet). It uses whole foods as well as synthetic ingredients. No reference to AAFCO. Nutritional analysis is provided.|
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Obviously complete diets
These blends seem to provide a complete diet when fresh food is added according to the instructions, but AAFCO is not mentioned on their websites. It should be nice to use as part of a spin, but I wouldn’t feed them exclusively:
|The health of Dr. Harvey’s dogs and Veg-to-Bowl||The health of Dr. Harvey’s dogs is a mixture of cereals, vegetables, herbs and dehydrated and lyophilized supplements. The company also offers Veg-to-Bowl, a similar mixture without grains. Both are designed for mixing with meat, oil and water.
The ingredient lists for both products were changed in 2012 to include supplements, indicating that neither of these products was complete before that date, even if they were marketed as such. It is still questionable whether these mixtures provide a complete diet, as no analysis or statement is provided by AAFCO.
Note that Dr. Harvey is obviously a chiropractor, not a veterinarian or someone with dog food training.
|A sample without Grandma Lucy’s grains||Everything in Grandma Lucy’s homemade mixes, but you provide the source of protein. It appears complete but there is no AAFCO statement on the site.|
|Pure natural dehydrated (UNITED KINGDOM)||Human quality food (made in human quality facilities. Most are complete diets, but Vegi Plus is designed to add your own meat. It looks complete but there is no AAFCO statement on the site.|
|Sojourner Farms||Sojos offers Original Dog Food Mix (formerly European style), grain-free Dog Food Mix (formerly Europa) and Monzie’s Organic Müesli. All of these blends are designed to be balanced when adding fresh meat. According to the analysis of the nutrients, however, it is clear that the original version is incomplete, as it does not have vitamin E and does not have enough extra calcium to balance the added meat. The grain-free version better meets nutritional needs. It also offers Sojo Whole Dog Food Mixes, which include meat and grain-free.|
|NDF by Wendy Volhard (Natural Diet Foundation)||It is now available as a unique blend (NDF2) in addition to the original AM and PM blends.|
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Probably incomplete plans
These mixtures either contain little nutritional information or are contradictory and should not be used to provide a complete diet, but they could be well fed occasionally or for a limited time:
|Birkdale Pet Mix||Whole foods plus calcium. No nutritional analysis or AAFCO report.|
|Essex cottage farms||It is manufactured by the same company as Urban Wolf (see above). Guaranteed analysis of their food is not provided. I recommend using less oil than they say for use.|
|Food for happy dogs||Two varieties have a mixture of cereals and vegetables, one without cereals. Each sample is accompanied by a separate dietary supplement to be added. There is no AAFCO statement and the amount of calcium in the supplement is not enough to meet the AAFCO instructions when fed according to the instructions.|
|Kingdom of NOA||Any pre-mix of natural dog food is a mixture of cereals, vegetables and herbs. No specific calcium is reported. No nutritional analysis or AAFCO report.|
|Healthy PetMix doctrine||This mixture does not mention a source of calcium between its ingredients and therefore cannot provide a complete diet when fed according to the instructions. In fact, this food would be dangerous to eat for a long time for this reason.|
|Urban wolf||No grains The mixture uses sweet potatoes and vegetables. It also offers a balanced diet for Puppies. The formula for adults states that “Urban Wolf meets and exceeds AAFCO guidelines. I think the amount of oil they say they add (3/4 cup of oil to 2 pounds of meat) is dangerously high and could lead to weight gain and Even pancreatitis. My calculations show that if the recipe is fed according to the instructions, 67% of the calories in the recipe come from fat. That’s too much – even sled dogs should only get about 60% of the calories. of them from fat. 41% of the total KON calories comes from oil, mostly empty calories. If you use this food will significantly reduce the amount of oil used in the recipe.|
|Well done from the Cloud Star||Κάθε ένα από αυτά τα αφυδατωμένα μείγματα Cloud Star, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της ποικιλίας Garden Vegetables, ισχυρίζεται ότι είναι πλήρες και ισορροπημένο, με ή χωρίς προσθήκη κρέατος, αλλά όταν ζήτησα μια διατροφική ανάλυση, έδειξε περισσότερο φωσφόρο από το ασβέστιο στο μείγμα. . Αυτό σημαίνει ότι αυτά τα μείγματα από μόνα τους δεν πληρούν τις οδηγίες της AAFCO και η προσθήκη κρέατος θα επιδεινώσει την ανισορροπία.|
|Κυνικός ζωή στη δυτική ακτή||Προσφέρει πολλές διαφορετικές ποικιλίες, συμπεριλαμβανομένων διαφορετικών μιγμάτων για όσους τρώνε ωμό κρέας οστά (όπου τρώγεται το οστό) και εκείνους που δεν το τρώνε. Έχουν επίσης ένα μείγμα ειδικά για κουτάβιακαι ορισμένα μείγματα για συγκεκριμένες συνθήκες υγείας, όπως προϊόντα χωρίς γλουτένη, αν και δεν είναι όλα αυτά κατάλληλα χωρίς πρόσθετα συμπληρώματα διατροφής. Δεν παρέχεται πλήρης ανάλυση και δεν υπάρχει αναφορά στο AAFCO και επειδή δεν υπάρχει βιταμίνη Ε σε αυτήν τη συνταγή, δεν θα συμμορφώνεται με τις οδηγίες της AAFCO. Υπάρχουν πολλά πράγματα στη σελίδα Διατροφική ανάλυση που δεν έχουν νόημα, και οι απαιτήσεις NRC φαίνεται να είναι το 1985, όχι το 2006. Η ποσότητα λαδιού που ισχυρίζονται ότι προσθέτουν (1/2 φλιτζάνι το λάδι έως 1,5 # κρέατος) είναι πολύ υψηλό. Το μείγμα είναι κατάλληλο για διαλείπουσα σίτιση ενηλίκων σκύλων. Δεν θα συνιστούσα τη χρήση της συνταγής τους για κουτάβια, τα οποία είναι πιο πιθανό να επηρεαστούν από διατροφικές ανεπάρκειες ή περίσσεια.|
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