Hello my name is Tasha and I am a four year old Terrier/Chihuahua mix. I was born into a breeder shop which specialized in breeding Terriers, but according to that nasty man I was deemed unacceptale because somehow my litter was “contaminated” by a Chihuahua. I had no monetary value to him and some very bad things could have happened, but he placed me and the rest of my litter with a local rescue mission. Luckily for me my parents didn’t view me as unacceptale or contaminated. They loved me for who I was and took me home the first day they saw me and luckily they found Blue Buffalo Dog Food.

Soon after my first birthday I began scratching, and chewing my paws. My parents thought it was from the grass, or the soap I used to take a bath, or maybe the material my bed was made out of. They never thought it could be my FOOD. They thought they were feeding me good dog food from a well known name in the dog food industry. Well soon my parents brought home my brother Toby who had lots of medical problems. When they began doing research to find a good dog food for Toby, they started to learn a lot about what is in most brands of dog food. Turns out there is a lot of bad stuff out there, and it was making me sick. Let me tell you I was miserable. Turns out that big dog food makers go through a lot of trouble to artificialy boost the protein levels in their foods. They use cheap ingreidients like corn, soy, and plant waste. Yuckkk, that doesn’t sound like good dog food. Dogs are predators, and predators eat MEAT. That’s right I am a carnivore and proud of it. My canine species has developed with sharp teeth, short digestive track and only one stomach. In short I don’t do beans.Soy (a major ingreidient in most dog foods) is a bean. I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that humans eat soy, in fact you are encourged to eat soy products in place of meat. Well let me clear up some confusion. Human beings are Omnivores. Omnivores (from Latin: omni, meaning “all, everything”; vorare, “to devour”) are species that eat both plant and animal material as their primary food sources.(Wikipedia). And as I stated before dogs are  Carnivore (play /ˈkɑrnɪvɔər/) meaning ‘meat eater’ (Latin, carne meaning ‘flesh’ and vorare meaning ‘to devour’) is an organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging. ( Wikipedia). Now there is debate on just how good soy products are for humans but that is for different blog. Now with that being said the large pet food manufactures use not only the whole soybean as an ingredient, they also use soybean protein powder, soy bean isolate or soybean meal, soybean oil and soybean sauce. Whew that’s a lot of bean protein!! And because they know some consumers are on the look out for soy products they have found ways to disguise soybean by using terms such as vegetable broth, or TVP (Textured Vegetable Broth).

Another source of cheap protein is corn. Or even more likely corn meal. Ever notice how a cow has flat teeth? They also have large intestine tracks with multiple stomachs. Do you know why? Because cows are vegetable and grain eaters. They grind their food with their teeth, swallow it into their first stomach, regurgitate the content and start the whole process over again. Dogs can’t do that. Have you ever eaten whole kernel corn and have it leave your body the next day still as whole kernel corn? That’s because corn doesn’t break down. It ferments. Cows and other such animals have certain amino acids that aide in this process. Dogs do not have this digestive make up. Instead the corn meal sits in our intestines and ferments. This leads to bloating, gas and odor. In addition many dogs are allergic to these things. This is what leads to the constant scratching, paw chewing, watery eyes and smelly ear discharges. If the dog of your dreams is one who is fat and smelly and one with lots of gas then finding a dog food for you will not be difficult. If however you want a healthy dog who will be happy and live a long fruitful life then you also have choices.

Blue Buffalo is one such choice. Blue Buffalo is manufactured in the United States using only the highest quality of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals which are the building blocks of good dog food. All BLUE recipes contain real meat as the first ingredient, along with wholesome whole grains, garden veggies and healthy fruit. No corn, wheat or soy products are used in any BLUE formula. While the high-quality ingredients included in BLUE are the foundation of  a healthy, holistic diet, what they choose not to include is of equal importance.

There are many ingredients that are considered less than desirable by pet parents like you who want to feed their dog  with the same care as a family member using only good dog food. Surprisingly, when you look at dog food  labels, you’ll see some of these ingredients in many of the leading pet food brands – but not in BLUE.

Chicken or Poultry By-Product Meals:

The definition of Poultry By-Product Meals, as stated in the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Publication 2009 reads, “Poultry [Chicken] By-Product Meal consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices. If the product bears a name descriptive of its kind [i.e. “Chicken By-Product Meal”] the name must correspond thereto.”                            Wow that’s a long way to say you can use all the trash left over from processing something else to make dog food just don’t let them see the feathers!

At Blue Buffalo their  “Chicken Meal” or “Turkey Meal” made from the whole meat of the birds, not by-products.  Poultry or chicken by-product meals cost a lot less than meals made from whole meat.   At Blue Buffalo they think the cost is well worth it to know exactly what’s in their food.

Corn, Wheat or Soy Proteins (Glutens)

All of these are less complete and lower quality sources of protein and are common allergens in dogs. Grain proteins do not contain the complete amino acid profiles specific for dogs  and are not as easily digestible as meat-based proteins. Many dog food companies use the less expensive glutens to increase protein levels without the complete amino acid benefits of using more expensive meat, poultry or fish proteins.Simply put, these ingredients are cheaper, lower in nutrition, and things  never included in a BLUE recipe.

Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Preservatives:

Preservatives like BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, propylene glycol provide no nutritional value and have been associated with possible side effects. Some pet food brands resort to artificial colors and flavors in an attempt to make food look and taste better. These chemicals are never included in any BLUE formula.

Blue Buffalo  is divided into five product lines, Blue Life Protection Formula is the original formula and is of high quality and lasting nutrition. Blue Freedom is the grain free line. Blue Wilderness is higher in protein concentrations, Blue Basics is for dogs with sensitive stomachs and Blue Longevity is a weight control line. All formulas consistently rate as either highly recommended or enthusiastically recommended. The Good Dog Food Store recommends the entire line of Blue Buffalo products.

A note from Mike: Tasha had many adverse reactions to environmental elements. Dog allergies can run any range from mild symptoms to severe and even lead to death. Once we changed her to a food free from corn and artificial dyes and preservatives her symptoms disappeared and her overall health improved dramatically.  This post is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to be a substitute for qualified veterinarian advice. Good Dog Food Store researches and reviews various brands of dog food. Only those brands that meet the standards we believe should be in good dog food will be featured for recommendation on our site. Until next time Happy Tails!

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