Aside from a Flying Dutchman burger, Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray prefers Honest Kitchen’s tasty homemade dehydrated dog food as his meal of choice. But this week, we ran out of Honest Kitchen! Now what?
You see, Tripawds’ dog house on wheels is camping in the desert this month, and we’re far from any utilities, services or shopping. Without the convenience of Honest Kitchen, it looks like we’ll need to prepare some home cooked meals for our voracious eater.
Recently we asked members how they picked their dog’s diet (see “How Do You Pick a Dog Diet for your Tripawd?“). Now, we’ll share how we choose what Wyatt eats on the road.
Wyatt Eats Like We Do
Three year-old Wyatt gets the benefit of what we learned about supermarket-grade dog food several years ago, when Spirit Jerry started having seizures. Although we can’t trace his seizures back to the suspect dog food, coincidentally they stopped once we upgraded Jerry’s diet by feeding him better kibble and more raw meaty bones.
Now that we know better, Wyatt regularly eats a Dog Food Advisor-approved, higher grade of commercial grain-free kibble, such as Earthborn Holistic or Taste of the Wild. There are higher rated dog kibble brands on the market, such as Orijen or Wysong, but Earthborn and ToW both fit into our budget.
Each day while we’re camping, Wyatt will get more than kibble. As usual, a rotating selection of unprocessed fresh foods is on the menu. We attribute this as the main reason fleas stay away from his shiny fur.
Although he won’t get his usual cup of Honest Kitchen added to his kibble, Wyatt will get to gnaw on raw chicken, a mish-mash of finely grated fresh veggies and when we can find them, raw buffalo bones. Buffalo bones are much stronger than beef bones. They’re more expensive but they last longer and unlike with cow bones, the marrow rarely causes less digestive upset in his sensitive belly.
We sometimes home cook large pots of stew for Wyatt, but not when we are dry camping in our RV without full hookups. Since water is a precious commodity, making a huge mess like this isn’t an option.
When we’re camped out in the desert, Wyatt eats much of the same foods that we do; lots of veggies, occasional meat and of course, kibble. We also supplement with eggs, fish oil and a good probiotic to keep his system running smoothly.
Feeding healthy foods to your dog doesn’t have to be expensive. Our own philosophy for Wyatt’s diet is the same as it is for ourselves: while organic is preferred, it’s not always affordable or feasible, especially when we’re in rural, remote areas.
We just do the best we can to eat a healthy diet, with few processed foods and bad fats. In the end, eating well won’t be as cheap as a bag of Ol’ Roy, but ultimately we’ll likely have fewer health issues.
What’s your approach to feeding your Tripawd? Do you have multiple dogs? How do you feed them? Tell us about your meal plan below.