Firedance - Firedance Rhodesian Ridgebacks Nutrition
Choosing the Right Diet
We place a great deal of importance on choosing the best food available for the dogs we breed. We believe that even the best commercial Kibble is only an imperfect highly cooked substitute for a dog's natural diet.
Most commercial kibbles use meat by-product (feathers, hides and the like) and some rendered meats as the protein source. This is the lowest quality (cheapest) ingredient available.
We cannot stress enough the importance of feeding a quality diet. Brands like Iams, Pedigree, and Pro Plan are NOT high quality foods. These companies spend a lot of money on advertising and end up cutting quality to remain competitively priced.
We feed the highest quality kibble available. It must be a hormone and antibiotic free meat source. We recommend "Eagle Pack Holistic Select" for the large breed puppy. We suggest keeping him on this food until he is 1 year of age. Below is a list of kibbles that are of comparable quality just in case you cannot find Eagle Pack.
You also want to feed your dog RAW, antibiotic and hormone free meat mixed with vegetables. It is important to remember that your puppy is a carnivore and giving him raw meat is giving them a natural whole diet. You can give raw fresh meat from a few different sources. Most pet stores and natural food grocery stores carry these brands:
Convenient Meat & Veggie
Another way to get your puppy the raw meat and vegetables is with a dehydrated food called Honest Kitchen. We use Embark or Force, made with USDA hormone-free turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, apples, kelp, eggs, sesame seeds, bananas, cranberries, rosemary and vitamins. You can purchase Honest Kitchen products online or find a local distributor in your area.
Supplements are important even though you feed your puppie a high quality food that provides the nutritional balance it needs. We add Nupro which includes Norwegian kelp, ground flax seed and garlic. This will boost your puppy's immune system and maintain a full and healthy coat.
Another very important aspect of your puppy's healthy is to keep his gut and digestion healthy. We highly recommend using digestive enzymes every time you feed. We use either Prozyme (800-522-5537) or Gene Flora.