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Hi, Roger -

I have asked you questions in the past and you have been so helpful.

I was wondering what you thought of the Zignature line of dry dog food.  I do incorporate wet canned food to my boxer's diet as well because you had made mention of dehydration and how a strict dry diet is not recommended.
Also, I only use Grain free.  I am using Fromm dry and Evangers or whatever grain free canned that I can get at a reasonable price.


Hi Lisa,

Not familiar with the Zignature line but I looked it up and it does sound like a good food. But as we say, the best dry food is still the worst diet for any dog.

But it can certainly make up part of the diet and I'm glad to hear you are feeding some wet foods. Try and get it to at least 50/50 with wet and dry.

Then, always add enzymes and probiotics to each meal. This is very important. The best canned and bagged foods are still void of these vital nutrients.

I'm sure I mentioned it before but in case not, get yourself a good enzyme and probiotic formula. One we like,use and sell in our store is from Animal Essentials. There's contain both in one powder.

Without getting this in their food, they will not break down the food stuffs far enough to get all the nutrients from it.

The enzymes insure that the foods get broken down. A dog can eat a really good food but if they are not breaking it down far enough, most of the nutrients are going right through them.

There are many good formulas out there that supply enzymes and probiotics. Get some and add it in, it's very important.

To help cost on your foods, go to the manufacturers websites. Many will have coupons or rebates or frequent buyer programs.

Same with both wet and dry. We give a discount when you buy a case at a time. We even allow mixing. Ask wherever you buy your foods if they offer discounts or frequent buyer programs. Hopefully they will have one that allows you to get different foods on one program. This helps to rotate the diet and not have to leave them on one thing a long time.

Another really good food to check out and see if it's in your area is from My Perfect Pet. There foods are "lightly cooked" meaning they only cook to around 170 degrees.

Remember, the more you cook or process any foods, the worst it is for your dog and even yourself.

It's processed right in between raw foods and canned foods. They use very good ingredients. If you can get a little of this in your boxer's diet, the better. Variety is always good.

We feed raw exclusively to our dogs but it's just not for everyone. We still believe this to be the ultimate diet as that is what nature intended them to eat and thrive on.

Make sure to add some omega's to your boxer's diet as well. This helps the eyes, brain, and joints. As well as a good antioxidant.

You can use a little salmon or other fish oil, a little canned tuna or salmon once in a while or some of the best is canned sardines. Get the ones in water and spit a can a couple times a week. Very good stuff.

The Zignature looks good, just look into any company that you are thinking about going with. Look at their practices and sources.

I hope this helps, good to hear from you again. Let me know if you have anything else.



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