The Importance of Feeding Your Dog a Balanced Diet

The importance of a healthy, well-balanced, nutritionally-complete diet for dogs has become increasingly clear recently. Unfortunately, that understanding has come at the cost of some ill pooches. Health issues are commonly caused by one of two culprits: commercial dog foods having too little (or too much) of a nutrient, or well-meaning owners putting their dogs on diets that lack the appropriate nutrients or contain dangerous ingredients.


Providing a balanced canine diet can be tricky because, despite being fellow mammals, the nutritional requirements of canines and human beings aren’t the same. Commercial formulations are generally preferable to homemade because they have been engineered specially for canine physiology. The trick to ensuring that your pooch eats healthy dog food is finding the right commercial formulation, and that can be harder than it seems.

Homemade Diets

There are two popular classes of homemade diets: raw and cooked. The philosophy inspiring the raw diet seems like it’s sound: Dogs have very recently (as the timeline of life goes) evolved from wolves, and wolves evolved to eat raw meat. Therefore, dogs are evolutionarily predisposed to eating raw meat (and bones and fruits and veggies), like the little wolf-creatures they are.

The thing is, look at a Chihuahua; as closely related as domestic dogs remain to wolves, they’ve all undergone a good bit of divergent evolution. Not only can raw dietsbe nutritionally insufficient, they canalso be downright hazardous. Raw meat poses an infectious pathogen risk to both dogs and humans. Additionally, bones pose a choking hazard, can break or damage teeth, and are capable of obstructing or perforating a dog’s digestive tract. Human food and human grade dog food aren’t necessarily the same thing.

Cooked dog meals eliminate the pathogen risk but are still virtually always, like raw diets, nutritionally incomplete without supplementation. And that supplementation practice can be extremely complex. The cook has to be aware what specific nutrients a dog requires, what nutrients are in each meal to begin with, in roughly what quantities, and how much of those that aren’t there that need to be added. Precision counts too, because while nutritional deficiencies can have long-term health consequences, too much of a vitamin, mineral, or protein can be toxic.Recently, a study found 95% of homemade recipes to be nutritionally unbalanced. Plus, there’s the risk of cross-contamination from all those human foods that are poisonous to dogs.

Commercial Dog Foods

Considering all of the risks, research, and hassle accompanying attempting to formulate your own balanced dog meals, several times a day, every day, it’s a small wonder that commercial preparations are far more popular. But sadly, as mentioned, those commercial foods are also not without risks.

To clarify, a good portion of commercial dog foods are safe. But there have been issues. Specifically, nutrition-related incidences of commercial food issues include those with too few nutrients, excessive levels of nutrients, or recipe formulations that have been demonstrated to be insufficient. For instance, a number of higher-end “grain free” brands were recently linked to an increase in canine dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be fatal, likely due to a deficiency of taurine. (Fortunately, taurine can be found in animal livers such as beef liver and turkey liver.)

The point is, even the commercial brands can make mistakes, which adequately demonstrates the risks of people without doctorates in veterinarian nutrition making up meals for their dogs. The best bet for fresh, safe, delicious, nutritionally-complete dog food is to find a reputable provider of cooked, human grade dog food with a formulation that’s overseen by a veterinary nutritionist.

About Grocery Pup

Grocery Pup was founded by dog lovers, and for them, on the principle that dogs deserve safe, healthy, nutritious, delicious food every bit as much as we do. To reach as many of our furry friends as possible, they specialize in quick, convenient, reliable home delivery of their amazing human grade dog meals. Every bite of Grocery Pup’s canine cuisine, which includes sensitive stomach dog food, has been vetted and approved by a veterinarian nutritionist. And all of it is prepared to tail-wagging perfection with flavor-sealing sous-vide technology in a human-grade kitchen.

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Kicking Kibble: Canine Cuisine Taken Up a Notch

If you have a dog and an internet connection, you’re probably aware that pet owners sometimes disagree about things. You’re also probably aware that on the internet, “sometimes disagree” means “argue profusely.” One of the most contentiously debated topics among those who debate pet-related issues on the internet is what to feed your dog. Or, far more importantly, what not to feed your dog.

It seems the most contentious of pet foods is kibble. The sheer volume of impassioned claims made for and against kibble vs. raw and fresh dog food can obscure the actual facts.


So, according to those facts, what should a responsible dog owner actually feed their pup?

The Trouble with Kibble

As is the case with most big questions in life, the answer is more about a gray area than necessarily spelled out in black and white. Still, the anti-kibble crowd is backed up by some pretty compelling stuff. Many of the complaints are pretty common sense. Dry kibble can contain around 40-60% carbohydrates, it retains very little moisture (hence, “dry” kibble), and the protein in kibble is typically cringe-worthy feed-grade rendered meat. Not the highest quality, most appetizing stuff imaginable, and research on mammalian digestion found that, not too surprisingly, carnivorous pets digest actual foodstuff better than extruded kibble.(Though the worst consequence cited by that research is the possibility of bloating.)

Less benign-seeming, over years of testing, a whole slew of nasty-sounding and potentially carcinogenic chemicals have been found in kibble. In fact, the high temperature production method for making kibble has been linked to the Maillard reaction, which has been shown to create carcinogens—and that’s not what you want in your pup’s next meal.

As a caring, cautious dog owner it’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to what you serve your pup. After all, you probably wouldn’t dish up a meal for yourself with by-products, rendered meats, fillers, and chemicals—which are often found in commercial dog food—so why would you for your fuzzy best friend?

Next-Level Doggy Dining

There is an option that bypasses the aforementioned kibble issues. And apologies to the raw dog food camp—it’s not turning to a raw diet. Though the use of real human grade food in raw diets, when served in the appropriate portions, can be great for dogs, the risk of pathogens in raw food is considerably higher than it is for kibble.

The key is finding a reputable fresh dog food delivery outfit online that prepares human grade dog food and employs a “gentle cooking” method, such as sous-vide, to cook your pup’s meal safely and kill pathogens. This method provides your canine connoisseur with safe, moist food that has the balanced vitamin, mineral, and general nutrient content that only real food has. And, perhaps most importantly to your pup—flavor that blows kibble out of the water.

If you’re concerned about kibble, give fresh dog food delivery ago. Your canine companion will love you even more—if that’s possible.

About Grocery Pup

Grocery Pup is your pup’s dream come true. For dog lovers by dog lovers, they specialize in home delivery of delicious, nutritious sous-videcooked meals for your fuzzy friends. It’s perfect for fussy eaters or pooches who need sensitive stomach dog food. Grocery Pup is proud to provide your pup pals with a healthy, well-rounded diet created with a veterinarian nutritionist. Grocery Pup meals are crafted from human-grade whole food ingredients and cooked in a USDA-certified human grade kitchen. This means you’ll find no rendered meats, fillers, chemicals, or by-products in any Grocery Pup product. Instead, you’ll find real, high-quality ingredients your pup will love.

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Prepping Your Home for Your New Puppy’s Homecoming

Making the big decision to introduce a furry friend into your household can be exciting, especially if you’ve been wanting to find the perfect puppy for a while. This is a huge milestone for you and your new dog, and you’ll want to make sure everything’s in place before they come home. It’s important not only to gather all of the supplies you need but also to remember to make your home feel as comfortable for your new fur baby as possible.

Before your puppy’s homecoming, here are a few things to do to make sure this transition goes as smoothly as possible.


Assign Responsibilities

Unless you’re going to be the sole caretaker for this pup, assigning responsibilities to trustworthy family members establishes who is doing what early on. Different things to talk about before you get a puppy include:

  • Who’s taking him or her on multiple walks every day?
  • Does a specific person feed them fresh dog food in the morning and night?
  • Can someone play with him or her in the afternoon during the week and can someone else take them to the dog park on the weekend?
  • Where does the new puppy sleep?

If you plan on taking your puppy to get training, try hard to get everyone on the same page about commands, treats, and good habits.

Meal Plan

Ask the current caretaker for your puppy which foods your pupis currently being fed. Puppies’ stomachs can be more sensitive than when they’re full grown. Choose a sensitive stomach dog food to useas a topper on puppy kibble as a gentle way to encourage them to eat up so they get all the nutrition they need to grow big and strong. (Or, for smaller breeds, louder and more hyper.)

Don’t forget to put out a water bowl for your puppy that they can access at all times. If your furry friend tends to eat everything in front of them no matter what, specific meal times might work better.

Find a Veterinarian 

Choosing a vet clinic before you pick up your pup not only gives you peace of mind but also makes it easy to set up your first appointment soon after your puppy’s homecoming. Check online reviews and ask for pet owners’ recommendations for top-notch veterinarians in your area.

Questions to ask your vet during your first appointment can include:

  • What should I be feeding my puppy and how often?
  • When can I introduce him or her to more social situations with other dogs?
  • Is there anything about this breed that I should look out for?
  • How many shots does he or she need over the next few months?

Gather paperwork from the breeder or shelter and bring it to your vet appointment. Things they’re looking for include current shots, age, breed, and previous health issues.

Puppy Proof

The easiest way to keep your pup out of trouble is to remove any chewable items or block off areas he or she shouldn’t go into. Tape electrical cords to furniture or baseboards, put shoes away in the closet, gate off the stairs, and put people food out of reach of their curious snouts.

Choose a Potty Spot

This is super important! If you live in an apartment, you’re probably going to need designated paper areas for your new furry addition. Or, if you have a backyard, anywhere with grass might be okay for number ones but not number twos. Decide ahead of time to make house training easier once your puppy arrives.

Confusing a young pup with directions is the best way to make sure you have frequent indoor accidents. Stay on top of taking him or her out every hour for the first few days and reward them for going potty outside.

About Grocery Pup

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