BENEFITS OF SMALL BREED DOG FOOD CALIFORNIA GOLD
- Real Food (Whole food), not artificial or processed
- Raw, not cooked (except when cooking rice formula), therefore preserving nutrients
- Weight Control--feeding portions according to dog size chart included on each label
- HIgh Quality Control: each bag of the best small breed dog food prepared and filled individually and manually
- Controlling Contamination: no processing and shipping of meat products
- Vitamin and Mineral Potency: supplied separately, not cooked or processed
- Time Tested: 26 years on the market feeding small breed dogs.
SWITCHING OVER TO OUR SMALL BREED DOG FOOD
Many pet owners are hesitant to switch for undestandable reasons. The pet's stomach and other systems are used to one thing for years. Then a new thing comes along and it is not used to it--not prepared. We need to make the transition smooth--to prepare.
One transition method is to bring the new food a little at a time, perhaps mixing it in with the older food. Some pet owners just want to get rid of the older one and let their dog sniff and wander off several times refusing the food until they are hungry and eat the new food.
Almost all of the dogs turned on to California Gold love it and will it right away. Particularly if you have follow these directions:
Start them out on cooked chicken as raw meat is more pungent and may take getting used to. If you have a crockpot, throw a chicken in with a cracked garlic clove and a little water. When done, use a little of the broth to pour on the cooked or non-cooked food, and mix in boneless pieces of the chicken. Never give cooked bones to your dog! There are very few dogs who will turn down this meal! Gradually you can introduce small tidbits of raw ground turkey or cooked chicken into the food, and eventually you will not need to add chicken broth to the cooked or non-cooked food—just plain water (purified, distilled, or reverse-osmosis is an absolute must).
Since many dogs like warm meals, picky eaters will prefer our "Cook/Rice" formula. The warm rice and soft vegetables with the addition of freshly cooked chicken or turkey (or raw) can hardly be turned down!
Easiest meat to use is ground turkey. You can find 5lb tubs or rolls in the frozen meat department of your store. Cook up a batch and freeze what you don't use right away, keeping a 4-5 day supply in the refrigerator and use as needed.
WHY IS DOG FOOD RECALLED?
What we hear is that dog food is recalled because it was contaminated, usually by an organism in the food that can cause illness in the pet--such as salmonella. Salmonella is usually associated with animal producst such as eggs, egg products, meat, meat products, etc.
This is the main reason why we don't have meat or meat products in our food. California Gold Small Dog Food does not contain any animal product. We believe in supplying you with the cleanest product from the beginning. You can then be the supervisor of introducing the best, healthiest specific selection of meat or animal product into the food for your pet should you desire to introduce these.
ALLERGIES? and GRAIN-FREE FOOD
Many small breed dogs have allergies or allergic reactions caused by products such as wheat glutten. soy and soy products and corn by-products. California Gold does not contain any wheat or wheat by products, no soy or soy-products, and no corn or corn by-products. California Gold ingredients are oats (or brown rice), vegetables and the packets of protein, vitamins and minerals—nothing else! All are human-grade.
There a very large number of dogs that itch constantly. Many of these cases are not a cause of the food they eat. Many of these cases are due to a low tolerance of environmental factors and many are due to hereditary factors including over breeding and passing on health issues genetically from one generation to the next and on and on. From the many small breed dogs I have owned, rescued and those pet owners who I have talked to, I have seen that no matter what food you switch to, in the case of genetic health issues, the itch continues. In this case you would have to spend a large amount of money in allergy testing and it usually doesn't show one main culprit. I have yet to see research on anything that alleviates this in a natural way, except for a result that a customer of mine with dogs that itched a lot. She gave them cod liver oil. Other than this case, unfortunately anti-histamines and steroids would make life a little easier, but then you are introducing more chemicals and both of these aids are not to be used in a prolonged way and steroids can cause serious issues. Consult your veterinarian or health professional.
There is a popularity amongst small breed dog owners with "grain-free" pet food. Some believe that grains in the dog food are the cause of their allergies. This is seldom the true case, grain allergy is very rare. However if you wish to feed your dog a grain-free pet food we do have a formula for you.
CONTROLLING YOUR DOG'S WEIGHT WITH CALIFORNIA GOLD SMALL DOG PET FOOD
Is your dog overweight? If so, an overweight dog can and will have more health problems and possibly a lesser quality and length of life.
With the best small breed dog food by California Small Dog Pet Food, an added plus is overweight pets can lose weight easily and painlessly on this food, underweight pets can easily get back to normal weight, and normal weight pets can easily maintain their proper weight, just by varying their portions.
Each bag's label comes with a portion chart that covers different sizes of dog and amount of portions to feed according to weight. This way you cannot overfeed your dog--your dog will lose weight if it is heavy. For puppies and underweight dogs, you can increase the portion.
You have complete control of your dog’s weight with this diet--this is truly healthy small breed dog food!
Please note: it is important to not only follow these guidelines, but to also refrain from adding other foods, table scraps, etc. A very minimal amount of healthy treats is okay if your dog is used to that--please read the ingredients before you buy them some treats that we recommend are small pieces of apples, carrots, or healthy and lean cookie type treats.
PROCESSED VS REAL FOOD
Most pet foods on the market manufacture in very large quantities and therefore need to process the food to make it economically feasible.
One part of the processing can involve cooking, heating, radiation and more, so that the food can stay longer on the shelves of stores. This is dead food with litte or no nutritional value.
In an attempt to further the shelf life, many manufacturers add preservatives--most of them being very unhealthy like BHT and others.
Now we need to add color to the dead food to make it appealing. Most colorants are extremely carcinogenic such as the "red, blue, green dies with a number attached to it.
Since the dead food has no nutritional value, we need to add vitamins and minerals to it.
If we add the vitamins and minerals and then process the food, we will kill or contaminate
them. In addition some vitamins and minerals may come from questionable sources. Sitting in a warehouse for weeks or months and then in a store for longer can reduce or eliminate any of the vitamin and minerals potency.
Since the processed/dead food can be tasteless or bad tasting, ingredients such as animal parts and such, artificial flavors (more chemicals) are added.
Real food is whole food--unprocessed and/or unaltered to a large degree. Very simply put, we can use the example, in humans, of eating Cheerios or Corn Flakes for breakfast (processed or junk food) or eating a bowl of rolled oats, a slice of whole grain bread, with honey or nut butter and a banana or apple--real/whole food. Big, big difference!
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COMPLETE AND BALANCED DIET?
Many pet food labels indicate that the food is a "complete and balanced diet". This is almost impossible to achieve since each breed and each dog will require something different. Is there a complete and balanced diet for humans? The football player, the swimmer, the farmer and the computer tech all eat and require vastly different diets. The canine is no different. One has to tailor-fit the food to each individual dog. Marketing and sales tactics are not always in the best interest of the dog's health and can be very misleading and/or false.
The term "all-natural" became very popular a while back and is still used today, but the food cannot be "all-natural" if it is processed, altered. In addition if some of it is indeed whole, but some of it is not, then that label can be misleading and/or false. All-natural should mean Whole, just like an oat is all-natural but an oatmeal cookie, or an oatmeal flavored cookie is not "all-natural".
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