Pets! They turn our houses into homes and give back to us a kind of happiness and love that is unparalleled to anything else . With all the unfaltering dedication, love, happiness, and joy they bring to our lives, we want them to have the best, healthiest, and happiest lives they can. As a small animal veterinarian, I am sadly diagnosing pets with terminal illnesses at younger and younger ages. As with humans, environment, lifestyle, and nutrition are playing significant roles in our pet’s overall health and lifespan. While some of these factors are out of our hands, the choice to provide a whole nutrition diet for your pet is not. This alone can be the most important choice we make for our pets.
Choosing the food you feed your pet is one of the most important decisions you can make for your pet’s health and wellbeing. I can happily say I have seen a significant shift in the way pet parents are feeding their pets. Pet nutrition has become one of the most talked about and relevant topics concerning our pet’s health. Just like us, what we feed our pets is a direct reflection of their energy level and overall health. It is imperative that pet parents are aware of the different diet options out there and feel confident in the food they are feeding their beloved pets.
These are a few of the reasons I am extremely excited to announce my partnership with Side by Side Pet, a pet food company that believes in the power and benefits of whole food nutrition for your pets. With nutrition being one of the most important and impactful factors in providing your pet with a long, healthy, and happy life, I am excited to discuss the amazing unique benefits that Side By Side Pet brand food and treats provide for your pets. So, let’s get started:
WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT ABOUT SIDE BY SIDE PET FOOD?
- The way the food is cooked preserves all the natural minerals, vitamins, and nutrients in the food. Side By Side Pet sources the highest quality ingredients, and prepares the food at the lowest temperature (165 degrees Fahrenheit) in the shortest possible time. This cooking method preserves the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are inherently in whole natural foods. Kibble based diets are placed through an extrusion process for four hours at very high temperatures to create the kibble. Kibble based foods lose their inherent vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in the cooking process. The kibble is typically then sprayed with synthetic nutrients to replace the nutrients lost in the cooking process.
- No artificial or synthetic nutrients. As discussed above, because the food is not cooked at extremely high temperatures, or for long periods, the inherent nutrients in the ingredients are not lost. Therefore, there is no need to add in any synthetic nutrients after the cooking process.
- Highest quality ingredients. All of the ingredients are sourced from the best and highest quality places. The salmon is sourced directly from Alaska wild streams, and the chicken is raised cage free and antibiotic free. Every single ingredient utilized in Side By Side pet products come from the absolute best sources and environment.
- Ability to have your pet, their medical concerns, and personalities combined to individually assess what the best diet is for your pet. Side By Side Pet created an online questionnaire about your pet that will help to determine the best diet for your pet.
- Combining eastern and western forms of healing and medicine to promote healing and wellness from the inside. The nutrients and diets are formulated based upon the benefits of whole food nutrition, as well as food therapies and herbal supplements used in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine.
- Nutrition that honors our pets. The nutrition in Side By Side Pet foods and treats prevent illness, heal disease, and nourish healthy pets.
WHY DO I LOVE AND RECOMMEND SIDE BY SIDE FOOD TO PET PARENT
- Whole food that is a high-quality diet. Feeding your pet a high-quality food has a huge impact on your pet’s overall health, while preventing ailments from affecting your pet down the road. High quality food originates from the ingredients that make up the diet. Higher quality diets include unrefined, minimally processed foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and proteins. Higher quality foods contain no by-products, no fillers, no chemical preservatives, or artificial colors and flavors. These diets may contain all-natural supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids, which are also helpful to your pet’s health.
- AAFCO approved. AAFCO is the Association of American Feed Control Officials. This is the organization responsible for safeguarding the health of animals and humans from the food they eat. AAFCO is responsible for regulating the manufacturing, labeling, distribution and sale of animal feeds – resulting in safe, effective and useful feeds by promoting uniformity amongst member agencies. Diets that have been AAFCO approved have been tested to assure they provide a healthy and balanced diet with all the proper minerals, nutrients, and vitamins needed for your pet.
- Complete and balanced diet. Not all diets are created equally. It is imperative that the food you are feeding your pet is balanced for all the nutrient requirements that they need. There are strict guidelines and ratios of carbohydrates protein, fats, as well as proper minerals, nutrients, and vitamins needed for your pet to create a balanced diet.
- No harmful ingredients. Side by Side Pet food never place harmful or synthetic ingredients such as artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, sodium nitrite and nitrate), synthetic chemicals, artificial flavors (corn syrup, propylene glycol, molasses and MSG), or fillers (wheat mill run, rice bran, corn brain, hulls and certain pulps) in its products. Harmful ingredients can pose health concerns and cause a negative effect on your pet’s overall health and wellbeing.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE SIDE BY SIDE PET FOOD?
If you live locally in the South Florida or Fort Lauderdale area, please visit my animal hospital, Victoria Park Animal Hospital for a full line of Side By Side Pet diets and treats. You can also shop online in the shop section of our blog on Forever Freckled or directly from Side By Side Pet.
With the increasing knowledge and awareness of nutrition and its impact on our overall health, it is only natural that people want to feed their pets the healthiest and best foods too. The pet food market is growing rapidly, and higher quality foods are becoming more readily available for our pets. It is more convenient and easier than ever to ensure your pet is getting the best. As a small animal veterinarian, I love that pet parents are becoming more actively involved in the health and wellness of their pets and nothing is more important than nutrition. Our pets rely on us to make the right choices for them. Providing them with the highest quality whole natural ingredients is one of the most important choices we can make for them. That is one of the many reasons I am honored to partner with Side by Side Pet to provide the healthiest, and longest life possible for our pets. Your pets will thank you for providing them with a high quality whole ingredient diet with many years of unfaltering devotion, love, and health.