This Month’s Pick
Staff Member: Bekky M.
Dog: Apollo (aka “Lito”), 6 yr old Miniature Pinscher
I adopted Apollo about a year ago from a rescue organization for Miniature Pinschers. When I went to pick him up, I instantly fell in love. He rode home from Maine on my lap the whole car ride like he had known me his entire life. I knew he was a little chunky, but when I got him home to meet his new sister Penny (my first Miniature Pinscher who I have had since she was a puppy), I realized that standing next to her, Apollo was definitely in need of a diet. Penny was a little apprehensive to have a new brother after being an only child for the first 5 years of her life, but now they are the best of friends. People ask all the time if they are from the same litter (they are both 6 years old now) and they look enough alike now that they honestly could be!
Apollo’s PortionPaksApollo’s diet starts with Wellness Super5Mix® Complete Health Lamb, Barley and Salmon Meal Recipe in PortionPaks. I absolutely LOVE PortionPaks because they are premeasured and each meal I open a sealed bag, so I know the food is always fresh. Apollo and Penny eat the same kibble but their PortionPaks do not contain the same amount of kibble. It is much simpler to feed from PortionPaks that are labeled with each dog’s name, the name of the food and the amount of food in each Pak. The bonus is that when I go somewhere with them or they stay with their grandparents, the feeding instructions couldn’t be easier…open and pour!
Apollo’s Meals Continued…
I am a firm believer that dogs should not be on a kibble-only diet. Kibble is high in carbohydrates (yes, even the highest quality kibble) and dogs don’t generally need excess carbs unless they are working dogs or getting a ton of exercise. In addition to his PortionPaks, Apollo also gets the LiveSmart Harvest Mix and LiveSmart Hearty Salmon Stew. I added the LiveSmart Harvest Mix to Apollo’s meals to add some fruits and vegetables to his diet. He absolutely loves the taste and I love that he is getting all the benefits that come with fruits and veggies without the hassle of having to cut them up. The LiveSmart Hearty Salmon Stew is Apollo’s absolute favorite. He goes nuts for it, jumping up and down on his hind legs when he sees the shiny foil pouch come out at dinner time. I feed the stew because it a healthy human-grade protein source, the most important part of the meal for a dog. The salmon variety gives him additional omega 3s which have countless health benefits including giving him a shiny, healthy coat. Apollo also receives the Fruitables Pumpkin Digestive Supplement with his meals. I like it because it is a high-fiber, low calorie addition to his meal, allowing me to give him less kibble which really helped to get the excess weight off of him. The pumpkin also helps with digestion and contains B-vitamins, beta carotenes, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C and E. You may read this and think I’m a little excessive but my dogs are very healthy and rarely need to go to the vet (other than for their annual exams), which I believe has to do greatly with their diet.
Apollo’s Canine SmartPaks
Even though Apollo doesn’t have any noticeable joint discomfort, I feed SmartCanine Joint in order to lessen his chances of developing joint problems down the road. Because he was overweight, he was also dealing with a bit more stress on his joints than he should have been.Apollo also came to me with a sensitive stomach and a chicken intolerance. I started him on SmartCanine™ Digestion because I knew I would be changing his diet and wanted to prevent as much stomach upset as possible. The probiotics and digestive enzymes made the food transition a breeze and I have decided to keep both Apollo and Penny on these supplements to make sure they are getting and utilizing all the nutrients from their food.
Why Bekky Uses Canine SmartPaks
I started using Canine SmartPaks because of the convenience. With PortionPaks, pouches of stew and Canine SmartPaks, feeding couldn’t be easier. Apollo’s feeding regiment seems a bit complicated but with Canine SmartPaks, each supplement is appropriately dosed, sealed for freshness and ready when I need them because they are on an auto-ship program. My friends and family are always amazed at my dogs’ healthy meals. Now if only I could train myself to eat so well!