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If it says it on the bag, it must be true! (right?)

How fun is the dog food aisle at Walmart? Row after row of pretty colored bags featuring happy dogs and promises of keeping your pooch well-fed. “It says it on the bag, it must be true!” Sadly, it’s just not. Manufacturers of cheap dog food care more about convincing you it’s a good product than actually delivering a good product. Yeah, not so fun anymore. These dog foods might be easy on your wallet, but they are detrimental to the health of your pup. Hopefully you wouldn’t feed your daughter Suzy Fruit Roll-ups for her meals every day  - and you don’t want to feed your pup junk food for their meals, either.

My friend Dan learned about dog food the hard way. For several years he fed his sweet Boxer Oscar an inexpensive, low-quality dog food. As many of us dog owners do, we trust the manufacturers – “Oh, look, says right here that its good stuff, and way affordable – we’re good to go!” Dan didn’t realize what damage the fillers, by-products and artificial flavors were doing to Oscar’s digestive system.

His pooch started presenting worrisome symptoms:

  • nails split and bled
  • seizures
  • weird fatty tumors
  • constant diarrhea

Dan spent a truckload of money on vet bills as a result. He eventually began feeding Oscar higher quality food, but the intestinal damage had already been done.  Oscar continued with diarrhea and vomiting.  Had his pooch been eating a higher-quality, well-balanced diet throughout his life much of this would probably have been avoided. If not solely to blame, the food was a main factor.

Does every dog experience this high level of physical stress as a result of eating cheap food? No. But wow, who would want to take that chance??  Lots of us are like Dan – caring dog owners who love our pups and only want the best for them. So, how do we give them the best?  How do we educate ourselves about what dog foods are good and which ones aren’t? How do we decipher that crazy list of ingredients?

Luckily, there’s a guy with unbiased opinion out there doing it for us. Mike Sagman is considered an authority on reading and interpreting pet food labels. He created the Dog Food Advisor. In addition to educating us about dog food ingredients and how things are made, Sagman reviews dog foods of all kinds are rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being the highest quality. These numbers are determined by study of the ingredients list and meat content.

BOGO Bowl is proud to share that we come Highly Recommended with the Advisor’s second highest rating of 4 Stars. Yay! (Our No Grain Formula even received 5 stars!) BOGO Bowl contains the right amounts of proteins, fruits, vegetables and vitamins to keep your pooch energetic and strong . We don’t try to attract buyers with fancy coloring or shapes your dog doesn’t care about anyway. BOGO Bowl cares about the health of your dog. And, just as importantly, we care about the health of the shelter dog that receives that free matching bag.

So next time you’re buying dog food, remember your dog can’t speak for himself. I doubt a life of malnutrition, low-energy, and pain is at the top of his list if he could.

And as to those Fruit Roll-Ups? Nah, I’ll pass.

BOGO Susan

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