TLC Dog Food: Our Favorite Dry Dog Food
We highly recommend and feed TLC dog food. It has no corn, wheat, soy, or vegetable proteins, and has high levels of meat-based protein. Plus it does not have peas, other legumes, or potatoes as the PRIMARY ingredients (listed as one first in the ingredients label on the dog food bag).
Dogs with sensitive stomachs do well on TLC because it has probiotics and a little bit of grain for fiber.
TLC has just the right amount of the ingredients that we look at when evaluating dog food. TLC can only be bought directly from the company. It is not sold to distributors or stores so that it always comes fresh from the manufacturer without sitting in warehouses or store shelves for months. Shipping is free and our dogs love it. Click on the picture below to go to their website and get $5.00 off your first order. Read on below for more information on why we recommend it.
We have been very impressed with the ingredients, service, and honest representation of the TLC dog food. It can be difficult to understand dog food labels but the people at TLC have made it a priority to be forthright with regard to ingredients in their food. Some dog food manufacturers have become experts in hiding things while still complying with labeling regulations. Some of these hidden ingredients can be dangerous. Marketing tactics (especially within the grain-free industry) has caused a huge increase in DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy), a nutritionally linked and dangerous heart disease that has come to the forefront of nutritional dog discussions in 2018. It is refreshing to work with a dog food company who is trustworthy and makes it easy to learn about the nutrition of their dog food.
Picking out a Dog Food
First of all, we recommend (require for our puppy buyers) that you rule out all foods that are rated less than 4-stars on www.dogfoodadviser.com. The people who run this site are very knowledgable but they do not seem to be totally up-to-date with regard to a few new developments in canine nutrition. It does make a great starting place but we recommend further research. We often prefer a 4-star food to a 5-star food because of some of the new knowledge that has recently surfaced with regard to grain-free foods as well as because of the positive effect of fiber on the dog’s digestive tract. Many 5 star foods are rated as 5 stars because they have very high protein levels. Many dogs can handle these high levels in dry food, but some cannot and end up with loose stools.
Fixing Your Dog’s Loose Stool with Dog Food
If your dog or puppy has loose stools, we recommend first checking his/her weight. Most people tend to over-feed their puppies thinking that the very normal but lanky look of a 3-6 month old puppy is an indication of a puppy needing more food. It is not. Puppies at this age are SUPPOSED to look thin; they start to fill out at about 6 months. Adult dogs need to be thin enough to have a waist and thin enough to lightly feel the ribs. If you can’t feel your dogs ribs, he is overweight. Cutting back on his food could fix the loose stool.
If cutting back the amount of food doesn’t fix the problem, then try a food with some grain in it and a lower percentage of protein. Do not go the extreme of feeding your dog or puppy a veterinary prescription food filled with corn. It will fix the loose stool but at the expense of good nutrition. You need a LITTLE more grain; not a whole bag of it. A small amount of grain gives plenty of fiber to firm up loose stools. We think that TLC has just the right amount to keep stools firm without compromising on nutrition.
We at Summer Brook recommend foods high in meat-based proteins, with some grain in them, with minimal potatoes, and with no vegetable proteins. Many grain-free products are excellent, but too many grain free companies are hiding the lack of meat protein by replacing it with vegetable proteins.
For more information on choosing a dog food, see our How to Choose a Dog Food page.