Why Personalized Dog Food Matters
This post was sponsored by Just Right by Purina. All Opinions are my own.
Whew. What a crazy couple of weeks, friends. Not only did we sell our house and buy a new one, but we were handed quite the challenge with the process when the sellers pushed back our closing date, essentially making us homeless for three days. I’ll save the details of that story for another time, but we finally got the keys to our new home last week and moved in as fast as possible before packing up again for our annual Moab Jeep trip. We’re home now and FINALLY getting settled and organized and unpacked and helping our dogs get adjusted to their new digs.
Teddy and Rosie are still a little on edge about their new space. Rosie has always suffered from separation anxiety, but it’s definitely been at a higher level since the move. Even though she has all of her toys and her puppy bed at the new house, she still gets really nervous when we leave and tries her best to squeeze out the door with us. Teddy seems to be doing a bit better but has been extra barky and on alert. He barks at any little noise he hears, including the air conditioning turning on at 2 AM. They slowly are getting more used to their new space and loving going for walks in our new neighborhood.
With the seasons turning and the warmer weather coming, I’ve once again realized the importance of having personalized dog food for my two fur babies. As you may know, I’ve had my dogs on Just Right by Purina kibble for over a year now and have had nothing but amazing things to say about our experience with them. JRBP allows you to personalize your dog’s kibble through their online website so that it’s specific to their needs as an individual dog.
Rosie has terrible allergies during the spring-time. The poor girl gets super flakey skin, big goops in her eyes, and is prone to developing hot spots all along her legs. Our vet recommended that we go grain free to see if that helped prevent her skin from freaking out, so we changed her JRBP formula to a grain-free Salmon-based formula. The added oils and benefits from Salmon contribute to a healthier coat and skin and we’ve noticed improvements in the last few weeks. She also hasn’t developed any hot spots yet, so we’re already doing better than last year!
Teddy is also on a grain free diet for the time being, as per recommended by his surgeon. If you’re new, last year our little doodle was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia and needed surgery to help reduce his pain and improve his mobility. We were told to switch him to grain-free kibble for the next year to help reduce inflammation and keep his weight manageable while we worked him back to a fully active pup. We were able to create a new kibble blend, tailored to Teddy’s energy levels and his need for a grain-free diet and switch him over within a week!
On the completely other side, our friend Courtney has two beautiful English Cream Golden Retrievers (Theo & Luli) and she has her dogs on a chicken based kibble with grain. The reason why she chose this blend is because DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) has become more prevalent in Goldens over the last decade. Her last Golden was on a grain free diet her whole life and she developed DCM at age 7. Recently UC Davis linked DCM to grain-free diets as some of the substituted ingredients can block absorption of necessary amino acids. She decided to move her dogs away from grain-free and back to a basic chicken and grain diet.
It was honestly so fascinating to hear about the way Courtney personalized her dog food for her babies and how different it was from the blends I have for my dogs. It just goes to show that JRBP philosophy when it comes to dog food is 100% on track – no two dogs are the same, so it doesn’t make sense to have just one kind of kibble. Personalized kibble is the way to go!