This link will take you directly to PawTree’s website: www.pawtree.com/bluehaven
We are often asked, “What do you recommend that I feed my puppy and what should I use when he/she is older?” The truth is that there are a lot of good dry dog foods out there for puppies and for adult dogs, and your Frenchie will grow and be relatively healthy and happy on most of them, but there are definitely differences among them. We have been breeding Frenchies for many years and in that time we have had the opportunity to use and evaluate several different brands and formulas. Until recently we had been using Royal Canin Mini-Starter for our puppies and moms, and it is a good dog food in may ways, but we are always on the lookout for something better. We have learned from experience with our Frenchies that they do best overall with a diet free of corn, wheat, and/or soy, and, unfortunately, Royal Canin does contain corn and wheat. Of course, puppies and adults also need a high level of proteins, fats, fiber, chelated minerals, and all of the other necessary vitamins and nutrients.
Recently, we were introduced to a great young company which has not only wonderful dog food products formulated as we believe they should be, it also has many other outstanding products for our beloved pets. Our main concern is giving our Frenchies high-quality food, so we knew we would have to give it a try. After all, nothing is too good for our puppies:-). After several months of evaluations, we are sold on this company and its products and we are now using PawTree for our puppies and moms.
There are several reasons we decided to do this. First of all, all of their dogs foods have high percentages of proteins and fats which come from meat as the first ingredients; they contain all of the other vitamins, chelated minerals, fiber, and nutrients necessary for good health; they are very easy to order (just click on the link on this page); they are very competitively priced for such high-quality dog foods; and additionally this company produces a variety of wonderful products for all life stages for our beloved pets. In fact, the puppy food be are now using (their Salmon, Sweet Potato, and Pea recipe) is fantastic, not only for puppies, but also for adult dogs, which means that once your puppy is on PawTree you will never have to change his/her diet; only the quantity they eat will change. We have also used the Turkey and the Lamb formulas with great success, and we have found that a change of pace in their diet works well for our dogs.
Many dogs, including quite a few Frenchies, are allergic to grains, especially corn, wheat, and soy, and we do not believe that these grains should be given to dogs as they can be hard on the digestive tract and they can produce gas (which is good to avoid:-). If grains are included in the recipe, they should be brown rice, oat groats, barley, and/or a few other healthy grains – never corn, wheat, or soy. This company believes and practices that philosophy. We have chosen to use the Salmon, Sweet Potato, and Pea recipe even though it is a little more expensive than some of their other formulations. Most Frenchies will do great on turkey, lamb, chicken, duck, or fish with one of the other main ingredients, i.e., brown rice, oat groats/meal, peas, chickpeas, lentils, barley, &/or garbanzo beans. Occasionally, a Frenchie will be allergic to one of the various proteins or other ingredients, but we have not had any that are allergic to the salmon recipe. If you start your puppy on this recipe, in all probability you can use one of their other recipes as desired to give them a little variety in their diet with no problems at all. They are all formulated for all life stages for our beloved companions.
Based on some research we have done, we discovered that packaged pet food was developed during World War II when it was formulated from left-over grains that were rejected for human consumption. It was determined very quickly that grains alone would not provide adequate nutrition, so protein was added, with the source being meat rejected for human consumption; dead, diseased, dying, disabled, or drugged animals met the criteria. In many dog foods today, not too much has changed. Ingredients in some commercially available pet foods today lead to shorter and less healthy lifespans due to excess stress that is put on the kidney and liver functions. Wheat, corn, and soy are some of these ingredients, which are also responsible for many pet allergies. By-products such as chicken heads, duck bills, fish heads, chicken and turkey feet, bones, and diseased & contaminated slaughterhouse meat are also included in many pet foods! Don’t our wonderful Frenchies deserve better!!!
This relatively new company set about to develop a much better product, and that they did. Fortunately, they have made it available to dog breeders, and as breeders we can make it available to our clients and potential clients. We are very enthusiastic about all of the products we have used and we would love to hear your feedback. We contend that PawTree is the highest quality dog food available, while being competitively priced with other “high-quality” dog foods on the market.
Just click on the following link to order food for your puppy or adult Frenchie, or to review any of the other great products they produce: www.pawtree.com/bluehaven
We recommend the following protocol when transitioning your Frenchie from your current brand to PawTree.
Day 1-2: Feed ¼ PawTree and ¾ of the old diet.
Day 3-4: Feed ½ PawTree and ½ of the old diet.
Day 5-6: Feed ¾ PawTree and ¼ of the old diet.
Day 7: The transition period is over and you can feed the recommended amount of PawTree.