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Food is an integral part of my life – my passion is cooking, eating and sharing with family and friends. It’s not only important for us humans, but for those precious little fur babies in our lives. If you’re like me, you’re not only very particular with what you put in your own body, but also what you give your pet. The taste and nutritional components are super important. Today I’m sharing a dog food review and how to switch your pet to a Rayne Clinical Nutrition diet.
Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you something a little different. If you follow my blog or Instagram, you know how important Riley is to me, aka my fur baby. Look at that adorable little face! Don’t be fooled, though, he sometimes gets into mischief, loves to rip up toys looking for the squeaker, and is a total bed hog.
I’m constantly telling Riley that ‘I’m gonna squeeze his little face right off’ or I could ‘hug him to bits’. Honestly, I’m not violent. And his nicknames are ever growing –
- monkey (the most common one I call him)
- fluffer knuckle
- Fuzzy buns
Besides the cute names and all the fun stuff that goes along with having a pet, I’m very particular with what I give Riley. He is spoiled rotten to say the least. Get this – my husband and my father are in rotation making homemade beef jerky for the little guy. I don’t even get that kinda treatment, lol.
Rayne Clinical Nutrition Dog Food
When I had the opportunity to work with Rayne Clinical Nutrition, I jumped at it! How fun would it be to do a blog post centered around Riley’s experience with eating?! Plus, hey, he gets to contribute to the household, lol. Start pulling your weight lil’ fella. Just kidding!
Because Riley is 8 years old and joint health is super important (especially considering he is always jumping) we were recommended the “Healthy Reduction” variety for him from the Rayne Clinical Nutrition experts. This variety has higher protein and is highly digestible. Healthy Reduction-MCS also contains the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids to support joint health and ease the pain of osteoarthritis (not that that’s a problem for Riley at the moment, but it’s good to think of his health not only for now, but in the years ahead). The first five ingredients in this dog food? Turkey, dried peas, brown rice, fish meal and pea protein. Good stuff.
Starting your Pet on a New Diet with Rayne Clinical Nutrition
For the past few weeks, I’ve tried Riley on Rayne Clinical Nutrition – both for meals and for treats. You should slowly introduce your pet to the new food over the course of 5-7 days to avoid digestive upset and allow your pet to adjust to the new food. This guide from PetMD is a good reference. You should, however, consult your veterinarian for what’s best for your particular fur baby.
As you can probably tell, I’m not feeding Riley just anything. Rayne Clinical Nutrition is a Canadian company that believes in whole food nutrition with less processed ingredients and a more natural approach. The food is backed by scientific research done by veterinary and nutritional experts. Sounds good, right?
Doesn’t he just look like a guy caught in the act? Exhibit A—->
Riley wasn’t as fond of the soft food, but that’s no reflection on the product. Riley is a real textural guy. He loves crunchy food…even broccoli. Yes, he loves broccoli! Funny, huh?
Rayne Clinical Nutrition Treats
Every morning and every night before bed Riley is looking for a treat. He even knows where they are stored. No lie. Riley also pretty much tells us when he is ready to go to bed. It’s usually around 10 pm and he sits in the middle of the living room floor giving us the ‘look’. That means he wants his bed-time snack and wants to cuddle in. I’m starting to wonder who is trained….me or him! For treats we tried –
- Rayne Rewards S.I.T Apple & Pumpkin Biscuit
- Rayne Rewards S.I.T Sweet Potato Crunch
- Rayne Rewards S.I.T Turkey Jerky (these smell particularly goooood)
I think if Riley could have laser eyes, he would have them right now—>
Like with treats for us humans, treats for your pet should be given in moderation. It is a ‘treat’ after all! The turkey jerky was Riley’s absolute fave! He went crazy for the stuff! He spotted the bag, tried to behave, and then couldn’t resist himself. I honestly can’t blame him! It smelled really good and I was almost tempted to take a bite myself 😉
The first ingredient in this turkey jerky? Turkey. Just what I want to see.
Considerations Before Adopting a Pet
This topic is very important to me. Getting a pet is a serious commitment. You’re essentially adopting a new family member that, hopefully, will be in your life for a really long time.
Things you should consider before adopting a furry family member –
- Are all family members on board with getting a fur baby?
- Training your pet – do you have the patience and will you put in the time it takes? i.e. house training and manners.
- Do you have the time to devote to taking care of your pet on a daily basis? Do you work a lot, travel or are gone a significant amount of time? When you are away, do you have anyone available to properly care for your pet?
- There will be pee and poop accidents and maybe other unpleasant things. Are you prepared to clean up after your pet? Pets, especially as babies, do have the occasional accident. As pets age, they could have issues as well, like us humans. Are you prepared to deal with an aging pet that may require even more attention?
- Will you make time to exercise your pet?
- Are you prepared to spend financial resources on your pet? Pets require food, medication (such as flea control and vaccinations) and regular vet visits and check ups. Plus, there may be unexpected things that pop up. Also, as pets age, the vet bills could really add up.
- Does the personality of the breed match your lifestyle? Every breed and every pet is different. Some are laid back, while others require a lot of attention and activity.
- Do you have the interior and/or exterior space available for the size of your pet?
- Have other pets in the household? Will they be ok with you adding another family member or will it stress them?
- I would not recommend adopting a pet during a busy time, i.e. Christmas. People often think of adopting a pet and giving as a gift. It’s a busy time of year, lots going on and it could be overwhelming for the pet as well as yourself.
If you haven’t guessed it already, there’s lots of time, energy, financial resources, commitment and love that goes into adopting a pet and you should be prepared for that. You want to give that little fur ball the best possible life ever, right?? I’m certainly trying to do that for Riley right down to the food he eats on a daily basis. He really has enriched the lives of myself, hubby and all of the family.
Riley is more than a pet to me. He is a true member of the family and I have more photos of him than of anyone else (sorry hubby). Riley goes everywhere with me….even to work. Yep! I think he is starting to get permanently attached to my side…no lie.
Feeding Riley a quality food gives me all the warm and cozy feels. It’s something good that I’m doing for him and he deserves that. The folks at Rayne Clinical Nutrition are pet owners too so they understand the strong bond people have with their pets; they aren’t going to promote just any product.
If you’re considering changing your pet’s diet and looking for a quality dog food to give your furry family member, be sure to check out Rayne Clinical Nutrition. They offer a wide assortment of food and treats suited to specific dietary needs for both dogs and cats, alike.
To purchase check out any of these vendors or your local veterinarian. You and your lil’ buddy won’t be disappointed.
Hope you enjoyed this dog food review and I’ve inspired you to think of your pet’s diet – it’s important!
I’d love to hear in the comments below about your fur baby!
Until next time take care and chit chat again soon 🙂
~Dawn (and Riley) XO
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