Food is one of the most important things in a dog’s life, which means finding healthy dog food is a top priority at our house. Back when Mom was in college and then just starting out in the job world she had cats. She fed the cats whatever was cheap at the grocery store until one of her cats got extremely ill and had to go to the vet for expensive treatment. This was the first time Mom had ever heard about a difference in food quality. Pet food has come a long way over time and ever since Mom got her first dog, she has made a point to buy only “good quality” food. While it may cost more, in the long run it will keep us healthier, thus lowering costs at the vet.
What to feed a dog is a hot topic these days and I want to say that everyone has their own opinion to howl about and this post is about my opinion only. My sisters and I have absolutely no food allergies or health concerns at this time, so we are open to eating just about anything (and trust me Bailie does eat everything which is rather frightening). We recently switched to Innova by Natura and as luck would have it Peggy’s Pet Place had a giveaway and I won a free bag! At the time we needed more puppy chow, so I chose that for my free bag. Innova was right on the ball with the giveaway, contacted Mom and sent out the food within a week. Thank you to Peggy’s Pet Place and Innova for the bag of food!
Mom had been mulling over switching us to a different food for quite a while. Katie and I were fine with the food we were eating but it seemed like the quality wasn’t as good as it used to be and there was so much talk about raw, grain free, etc., she thought we should make a switch. Mom talked to our vet about what we needed, if grain free would be best or not, raw or not, we talked to several food reps at some functions we attended. We read blog posts from friends that were eating and trying different foods. It is just so overwhelming with so many choices.
In September, Bailie arrived and she needed puppy food, making it an ideal time for us to all switch to a new food. If possible we wanted to eat the same brand. We had ruled out raw leaving the only question to be grain free or not. Mom attended an open house where there were food reps from Natura. She was already leaning towards NOT going grain free (if you don’t have grain issues there are reasons to not go totally grain free, but that it way too much to write about today), and these guys confirmed that decision. On that day, she decided we would all switch to Innova by Natura. We love that the first ingredients are turkey and chicken, there are also plenty of veggies and other healthy items in the food. On line it usually gets four out of five stars which is good enough for us, no food is really perfect and 4 or 5 stars always varies by the place you read the review.
Bailie switched first and loved it, but since she eats anything that isn’t saying much. Katie was next and she loved it too. Even I, Emma the picky eater, loved it. It is more expensive than our previous food, but we think it is healthier and worth the extra cost. We are all happy with our new food and look forward to eating many more bags of Innova.
Currently, I eat the Adult, Katie eats Large Breed Senior, and Bailie eats Large Breed Puppy. We feed Bailie large breed because it typically keeps puppies from growing too fast which can put strain on their joints. With our long backs we like to stay on the safe side.
If you are considering switching to a new food, my sisters and I highly recommend Innova!
Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this review, nor compensated for it. I simply wanted to share information about a product I love with my readers.