How to Choose a Pet Food

How to choose a pet food


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Choosing a food for your pet can be overwhelming!  There are so many choices and promises out there it’s difficult to know what your dog or cat should be eating.  Muttropolis has taken out the guesswork by providing you with only the healthiest foods that contain all the nutrients needed for a complete diet. 

What should you look for in a pet food?

Protein: the most important part of a nutritional diet for your pet is animal protein.  Make sure the first ingredient is a meat source you recognize (chicken, venison, duck, fish, etc.)

Fruits and Veggies: these provide the best and healthiest carbohydrates your dog or cat need so look for an ingredient list with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Natural Vitamins and Minerals: naturally occurring minerals, vitamins and antioxidants will minimize the need for additional supplements.

Fillers: avoid foods where the main ingredient is a filler such as grain.

What are some benefits of grain free food?

  • Grain is commonly used as “filler” in many dog and cat foods however a pet’s natural digestive system has a hard time breaking down the elements found in grain so it passes through their system without providing any health benefits.
  • Less ”fillers” means less waste.  When all the ingredients are used in digestion, less waste is produced which is great for both of you!
  • Avoid allergies. Talk to your vet and you may be surprised to find your dog’s allergies can be addressed just by changing their diet.

 Top reasons to choose a premium food:

  • Quality Ingredients: Contains all human-grade ingredients and no by-products, rendering animal fats or other non-nutrient substances used to preserve lower grade commercial foods.  Contains essential proteins, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals and supplements for continued health and wellness. Higher protein contents replace fillers and preservatives.
  • Reduce allergies:

    Allergy formulas designed with novel proteins and healthy carbohydrates provide an alternative to costly medications, prescription foods and topical treatments.
  • Improved health:

    Increases alertness, improves skin and coat, aids in digestion, and may even improve your pet’s overall ability to cope with stress and everyday activities.
  • Appropriate for all life stages:

    Ultra premium foods can be used for dogs of all ages, even puppies. The serving sizes vary depending on age and weight so be sure to read the instructions on the bag.

How do I transition to a premium food?

  1. Slowly begin adding the new food to what you’re currently using, increasing the amount over a few weeks.  Don’t rush it and keep an eye out for any digestive upset which is a sign to slow down but not necessarily that the new food is a problem.
  2. Once in the grain-free family, it should be easy to transition across brands until you find your pet’s favorite. Switching flavors frequently can combat boredom and finicky eaters.
  3. What works for one dog, may not be the best for the next, so don’t be discouraged if the first one isn’t a winner!  You can always start out with a trial size if you have a picky eater!
  4. Now that you’re educated it’s time to choose!  Each brand is a little different but all are tried and trusted by Muttropolis.
    Find out what brand will work for your dog or cat:


Grain Free Foods:


Standing behind their “Biologically Appropriate” philosophy, this award-winning, family-owned and operated Canadian pet food maker is grounded in a passion for pets.  The biologically appropriate concept means Orijen strives to mirror the natural diet and digestive anatomy of your dog or cat.  Key ingredients include free-run chicken, turkey & ducks, whole Grade A eggs, free range wild boar, bison and heritage pork, grass-fed lamb, and a variety of wild-caught freshwater & saltwater fish. 

5 unique flavors for Dogs:
Orijen 6 Fish Dog Food
Orijen Adult Dog Food
Orijen Puppy Food
Orijen Large Breed Puppy Food
Orijen Senior Dog Food

2 unique formulas for Cats:
Orijen Cat and Kitten Food
Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food

Wellness Core
Each grain-free recipe is packed with meat from deboned turkey and chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, whitefish meal and chicken liver along with a proprietary blend of fruits, vegetables, oils and botanicals that nurture your dog to the core.
Considering your animal's whole health, Wellness CORE is made with the meat content you're looking for but without the excess nutrient levels your dog does not need. CORE provides incredibly flavorful, protein-focused nutrition the Wellness Way with nothing in excess and everything in balance.

Wellness Core Dry Dog Food
Wellness Core Dry Dog Food- Ocean
Wellness Core Dry Cat Food

Evo pet food stands out with the important promises of high quality, whole nutrient rich ingredients, high quality cooking methods and no shortcuts. Evo also has small bites version for smaller breeds.

Evo Chicken and Turkey Dry Dog Food
Evo Red Meat Dry Dog Food- Large Bites
Evo Red Meat Dry Dog Food- Small Bites A unique formula for small dogs.

Nature’s Logic

Nature’s Logic does not permit dangerous synthetic nutrients that appear in many commercial dog foods today.  Instead Nature’s Logic is high in a variety of animal proteins and low in carbohydrates and natural sugar. Nature’s Logic creates all of its diets with enough real whole food ingredients to derive all nutrients naturally. 

Nature`s Logic Dry Dog Food – 4 delicious flavors

Nature`s Logic Dry Cat Food – 3 delicious flavors

Nature’s Variety Instinct

Taking their cue from nature and your pet’s instinctive diet, Instinct food is real meat, lean poultry and wholesome fruits and veggies.  You can be sure Instinct is grain, gluten, and filler free and appropriate for all life stages.

These high quality animal proteins provide the nutrition your dog needs to be strong and active. Such superior nutrition supports healthy skin, a glossy coat, appropriate weight control, and the energy your dog needs to enjoy life every day.

Choose from 2 delicious flavors:

Nature`s Variety Instinct Duck and Turkey Dog Food

Nature`s Variety Instinct Chicken Dog Food

A Natural Meaty Diet for Cats:
Natural and healthful ingredients are the ideal way to properly nourish your carnivorous feline friend. The natural results of high quality nutrition include a soft glossy coat, a healthy urinary tract, and energy to fuel her zany attitude.

Nature`s Variety Instinct Chicken Cat Food

Nature`s Variety Instinct Rabbit Cat Food

Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Food
– Select flavors contain some grain Honest Kitchen takes pride in preparing fresh, healthy products that make a meaningful difference in pets' lives and in our world.  They offer completely gluten-free or grain-free diets and all their products are guaranteed 100% wheat free.  For those diets that do include grain, you can be sure it is certified organic.

Six delicious varieties:

Force: A delicious grain-free chicken-based recipe for adult maintenance. Especially suitable for sensitive dogs.

Keen: A low-gluten turkey-based recipe for adult maintenance including health-conscious hounds on a budget.

Verve: A hearty recipe with beef and organic grains, for adult maintenance. Excellent for senior and less active dogs.

Embark: A rich, grain-free turkey-based recipe for all life stages include growth, pregnancy and lactation as well as active adult dogs.

Preference: A grain-free, meat-free dog food premix to combine with your own choice of protein including exotic meats or fish.

Prowl: A hearty, grain-free chicken-based cat food recipe.

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