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Pet Foods Recommended for Healthier Skin and Coats


NZYMES.COM has NO ‘direct relationships’ with any specific pet food manufacturers or suppliers; we simply recommend foods that meet our specs for Super-Premium or Holistic. Such foods are manufactured to higher overall quality standards. This means several things: 1) being “meat based”; 2) they are more wholesome, nutritious and better balanced; 3) they typically include a “vitamins and minerals” package designed for better absorption by a pet’s body; 4) they avoid high-glycemic carbs (fast sugar delivery).

Why Should I Change Pet Foods?

After more than 20 years of working with top Veterinarians and Pet Nutritionists around the pet industry, we have clearly witnessed increased volumes of problematic “Pet Health Issues” related to the poorer quality pet foods and treats being sold commercially in the USA and globally. Such foods do not provide your pet with the sort of nutrition they actually NEED.

NOTE: Be sure to check the ‘guaranteed analysis’ for any considered food, to ensure it is appropriate for that BREED. Differences in needs of certain ingredients can VARY by breed or ‘size’. We urge you to spend time checking this.

Remember “NO-GRAIN” is Not a Guarantee of NO SUGAR”!

Sugar content is very problematic with pet foods. And sugar FEEDS the inflammation issue at the heart of so many pet health issues, especially arthritis and itchy ‘dog skin problems’. The majority of commercially available foods found in local “supermarkets, large pet retailers and wholesale discount stores” utilize primary carbohydrate ingredients having a higher glycemic index – causing a ‘speedy’ conversion to sugar upon consumption. Check the top 8 ingredients in your pet’s food and if you see “wheat, corn, white rice, tapioca, potatoes, sweet potato, or any form of gluten” then for sure you need a food change.

Review the Ingredients of Typical Pet Food Sold at the “Big Retailers” Described Above

INGREDIENTS: Beef, whole grain corn, barley, rice, whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, oat meal, poultry by-product meal, glycerin, egg and chicken flavor, mono and dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, poultry and pork digest, dried spinach, dried peas, dried carrots, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), folic acid, biotin], choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Red 40, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 2, garlic oil.

What About Meat?

When it comes to meat, please avoid any sort of “By-Product Meal” in choosing pet food. But, even when a meat is listed as 1st ingredient, such as Chicken or Beef, this indicates “weighed wet”, which means it will not be the actual primary ingredient (by weight) after water and bone is extracted.

All premium-quality foods will list a specific source of MEAT MEAL as the first or second ingredient. Meat listed in meal-form means the meat has been weighed only after water has been extracted, and contains higher real-meat concentrations. Such higher-quality foods will also be devoid of by-products as well as dangerous preservatives and additives. Pet foods of this quality are not generally found in supermarkets or large chain-stores, including the large corporate pet stores or discount chains. Instead, they will be found in small local pet stores within your community. Store-locator links on this page can help you find such dealers.

BEGIN HEALTHY PET FOODS LISTING
Kibble and Canned

These Brands/Formulas listed below are ‘suitable’ or OK for use with:
The NZYMES Healthy-Skin Program
Or with Basic Digestive Yeast Overgrowth or Candida Problems

IMPORTANT NOTE: The kibble listings provided here are not intended to be all-inclusive, or to infer that here are no other foods that will work for these common problems. But the ‘structure’ of the food is the most critical issue. GRAIN-FREE ‘Kibble’ foods are “allowed”, but ONLY those with a low glycemic profile like we’ve listed above.

If the foods listed here are not available in your area, please look online at Petflow.com or Jet.com. Remember, KNOW YOUR BRAND first as lesser foods are sold there too. Both sites offer reasonable shipping options.

 


Recommended Pet Foods – Kibbles & Canned

RECOMMENDED BRANDS & Allowed Formulas


NutriSource – PureVita – Natural Planet

3 NutriSource Brand Names – Available US/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 800.525.9155

Standard Kibble, Dogs

NUTRISOURCE DRY

• Adult – Chicken and Rice Formula
• Senior
• Performance

Grain-Free Kibble, Dogs

NUTRISOURCE GRAIN-FREE

• Chicken & Pea formula, OR…
• Both Large & Small Breed Chicken/Pea formula
• Prairie Select
• Lamb Meal & Peas formula + Large Breed version
• Woodlands Select (minor concern)
• Seafood Select
• Small-Breed Seafood Select

NutriSource Canned, Dogs

NUTRISOURCE CANNED DOG FOODS

• Standard Canned Formulas – ALL 3 CHOICES
• Grain-Free Canned Formulas – ALL 9 CHOICES

 

Pure Vita Kibble, Dogs

PURE VITA DRY – (The NutriSource ‘Holistic’ Label)

• Chicken & Brown Rice Formula
• Duck and Oatmeal

NOTE: No Treats from their list.

Natural Planet Kibble, Dogs

NATURAL PLANET ORGANICS
DRY by KLN Enterprises, Inc.

• Chicken Formula – All life stages

NutriSouce Kibble, Cats

NUTRISOURCE DRY

• Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice
• Cat & Kitten Chicken Meal, Salmon & Liver
• Senior / Weight Management Cat

GrainFree Kibble, Cats

NUTRISOURCE GRAIN-FREE

• Country Select Entrée
• Ocean Select Entrée

N.Source-Canned, Cats

NUTRISOURCE CANNED

Chicken, Turkey, Lamb & Fish Kitten Formula
Chicken, Turkey, & Lamb Cat and Kitten Formula
Chicken & Rice Cat Formula

Pure Vita Kibble, Cats

PURE VITA DRY – (The NutriSource ‘Holistic’ Label)

• Grain-Free Chicken & Peas
• Grain-Free Salmon Entree
NOTE: No Treats from their list.


Acana Pet Foods

Available – USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 780.784.0300

Acana Hertiage (kibble), Dogs

ACANA Heritage

• Free-Run Poultry
• Freshwater Fish
• Heritage Meats

Acana Regionals (kibble), Dogs

ACANA Regionals

• Meadowland
• Wild Atlantic
• Grasslands

Acana Singles, Dogs

ACANA Singles

• Lamb & Apple
• Duck & Pear
• Pork & Squash
• Wild Mackerel

Acana Healthy Dog TREATS

ACANA Singles Treats

• Lamb & Apple
• Duck & Pear
• Pork & Squash
• Mackerel & Green

Acana CAT Formulas, Kibble

ACANA Regionals

• Meadowland
• Wild Atlantic
• Grasslands
• Appalachian Ranch


ZIWI-Peak- Pet Foods

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 877.464.9494

ZIWI - Air Dried Dog Food

AIR-DRIED DOG FOOD

• Beef
• Lamb
• Venison
• Venison & Fish

ZIWI - Moist Dog Food

MOIST DOG FOOD

• Mackeral & Lamb
• Venison
• Lamb
• Rabbit & Lamb
• Tripe & Lamb
• Beef

ZIWI - ORAL Health Chews

ORAL HEALTH DOG CHEWS

    • Deer Hoofer Dog Bone
    • Lamb Tripe
    • Beef Weasand
    • Lamb Trachea
    • Lamb Drumstick
ZIWI - Air Dried Cat Foods

AIR-DRIED CAT FOOD

• Beef
• Lamb
• Venison

ZIWI - Moist Cat Foods

MOIST CAT FOOD

• Mackeral & Lamb
• Venison
• Lamb
• Rabbit & Lamb
• Beef


ORIJEN Pet Foods

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 877.464.9494

Orijen Dry Dog Food (kibble)

DRY DOG FOOD

• Adult Dog (chicken & turkey)
• Puppy or Puppy Large
• Six Fish Dog
• Regional Red
• Senior Dog
• Tundra

Orijen Dog Treats

HEALTHY DOG TREATS

• Origina
• Tundra
• Regional Red
• Black Angus Beef
• Alberta Lamb
• Alberta Bison
• Free Run Duck
• Wild Boar

Orijen Dry Cat Foods

DRY CAT FOOD

• Cat & Kitten
• Six Fish
• Regional Red

Orijen Cat Treats

HEALTHY CAT TREATS

• Original
• Tundra
• Regional Red
• Ranch Raised Lamb
• Alberta Wild Boar


FROMM Family Foods

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 877.464.9494

GOLD Nutritionals For Dogs

GOLD NUTRITIONALS FORMULAS

• Adult Gold
• Large Breed Adult Gold
• Puppy Gold
• Large Breed Puppy Gold
• Reduced Activity Senior

NOT APPROVED:
Heartland Gold, Gold Coast, or Canned choices from this Brand

GOLD Nutritionals for Cats

GOLD NUTRITIONALS FOR CATS

• Adult Gold
• Kitten Gold
• Mature Gold

NOTE: No Treats from their List


Wysong Pet Foods

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 800.748.0188

Dog Food Formulas - Kibble

DRY FOOD FORMULAS

• Adult
• Fundamentals
• Growth
• Senior
• Anergen
• Anergen 2
• Epigen all varieties (canned OK)
• Synorgon
• Nurture with Quail

* No Vegan – No Biscuits

RAW Dog Food

RAW FORMULAS

• Archetype

Healthy Dog Treats

Healthy TREATS

• Dream Treats

Dry Cat Food Formulas - Kibble

DRY FOOD FORMULAS

• Fundamentals
• Nurture
• Vitality
• Uretic
• Senior
• Anergen
• Anergen 2
• Nurture with Quail
• Geriatrx™

* No Vegan – No Biscuits

RAW Cat Foods

RAW FORMULAS

• Archetype

Healthy Treats, Cats

TREATS

• Cat Treats


Horizon Pet Nutrition

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 403.279.5874

Pulsar Dog Food

PULSAR DOG FOOD

• Fish
• Chicken
• Turkey

Amicus Dog Food

AMICUS DOG FOOD

• Puppy
• Adult
• Senior

Legacy Dog Food

LEGACY DOG FOOD

• Puppy
• Adult
• Senior


Zignature Dog Foods

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 88.897.7207

Dry Dog Food (kibble)

DRY DOG FOOD

• ALL 17 Formulas, as of 5-15-19

Wet Dog Food

WET/CANNED DOG FOOD

• All 15 Formulas, as of 5-15-19

NOTE:  N’ZYMES tends to recommend that KIBBLE should account for a higher majority of the diet, for more complete nutrition.

RAW Diets – Introductory Info


BARF BASICS - Understanding Their Usage

There are 4 types of Raw Diets that can be purchased, so it is CRITICAL to call the company and ask HOW to properly use these diets to ensure they are balanced and complete.

  • Complete diets – with vitamins minerals and balanced calcium/phosphorus ratio.
  • Straight raw meats (incomplete diets) – which need to be balanced in their calcium and phosphorus ratio before you use them. This is done with a companion product the company will instruct you to purchase. (These must be used with a variety of other foods in order to fufill a “complete diet” requirement).
  • Grain/veggie/fruit diets – where you must add the raw meat.
  • Commercial kibble – which is calculated to use up to 20% raw meat with the kibble.
PREPARED NATURAL FOODS - Just Add Raw Meat

CONSTRUCTION:

    • These foods are a preparation of whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
    • You must supply the meat protein and follow their directions exactly or you can unbalance the diet.
SUPER PREMIUM KIBBLE AND RAW

RECOMMENDATIONS:

    • Please DO NOT use “just any kibble” mixed with meat for your pet’s complete diet.
    • Kibbles shown below are calculated specifically so you can add NO MORE THAN 20% RAW MEAT with them and maintain the proper calcium and phosphorus levels especially important for large breed puppies.

Begin RAW Foods Vendor Listing


 


Primal Pet Foods – International

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 866.566.4652

RAW for Dogs

RAW FROZEN FORMULAS

• Beef
• Chicken
• Duck
• Lamb
• Pheasant
• Quail
• Rabbit
• Turkey & Sardine
• Venison
• Beef & Salmon

Primal Treats OK to Use

TREATS OK TO USE

• Dry Roasted Buffalo Liver Chunks
• Dry Roasted Chicken Shredders
• Dry Roasted Venison Liver Slabs
• Dry Roasted Venison Lung Puffs
• Jerky Chicken Chips
• Freeze-Dried Turkey Liver Munchies
• Jerky Chicken Nibs

Primal RAW for Cats

RAW FROZEN FORMULAS

    • Beef & Salmon
    • Chicken & Salmon
    • Turkey
    • Venison
    • Rabbit
    • Pheasant

Stella and Chewy’s

Availability:  USA/Canada/International
Store Locator —- Tel. 888.477.8977

RAW Food for Dogs

FROZEN OR FREEZE-DRIED – Patties or Morsels

    • Beef
    • Chicken
    • Turkey
    • Lamb
    • Duck/Goose

Or, to Choose According to Breed & Weight PRODUCT SELECTOR

Stella's Dog TREATS

WHOLESOME DOG TREATS from S&C

      • Raw Coated Biscuits
      • Carnivore Crunch
      • Wild Weenies
      • Single Ingredient
RAW Food for Cats

FROZEN RAW DINNER MORSELS

    • Chick, Chick Chicken Dinner
    • Duck, Duck Goose Dinner
    • Absolutely Rabbit Dinner
    • Tummy-Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner

Or, to Choose According to Breed & Weight PRODUCT SELECTOR


Spring Meadows Natural Pet Food

*Preferred Food Source for our Nzymes Winnipeg/CA Associate – Brenda Johnson
Availability:  Canada ONLY —– Find Retailers —- Tel. N/A

RAW for Dogs

RAW FORMULAS for Dogs OR Cats — Many Protein Choices


Northwest Natural’s

Products for Dogs or Cats
Store Locator —– Tel. 866.637.1872

RAW for Dogs

RAW FROZEN AND FREEZE-DRIED DIETS FOR DOGS

      • Chubs
      • Dinner Bars
      • Freeze Dried Diets
      • Freeze Dried Treats
      • Nuggets
      • Nuggets – Fruites & Veggie
      • Raw Meaty Bones
RAW for Cats

RAW FROZEN AND FREEZE-DRIED DIETS FOR CATS

      • Frozen Cat Nibbles
      • Freeze-Dried Cat Nibbles

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

Scheduled Delivery — CALL for Info
Tel. 877.738.6325

Darwin's Natural Dog Food

DARWIN’S NATURAL SELECTIONS

• Chicken & Vegetable
• Turkey & Vegetable
• Beef & Vegetable
• Duck & Vegetable

Darwin's Raw Cat Food

DARWIN’S NATURAL SELECTIONS

• Chicken & Vegetable
• Turkey & Vegetable
• Lamb & Vegetable


Shebang’s Natural Selection – South Indiana

CALL – for Ordering
Tel. 812.649.5000

RAW for Dogs

RAW GROUND PET FOOD

      • Shebang’s Secret
      • Decos Delight
      • Midoris’s Mix

Final Recommendations and Advisements


 

Food Types OK to Feed w/Candida-Yeast Overgrowth Issues
  • MEATS & PROTEIN SOURCES OK TO USE: Beef, Buffalo, Duck, Chicken (eggs), Fish, Rabbit, Turkey, Cornish Hen, Lamb, Eggs.
  • NOTE: (No RAW Northwest Pacific Salmon or Steelhead).
  • VEGETABLES OK TO USE: Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Spinach, Squash, Yellow Beans.
  • YOGURT PRODUCTS: Use plain yogurt only – NO SUGAR ADDED! Adding the NZYMES supplements to plain Yogurt can serve as an effective method of feeding the supplements to the more finicky pets.
  • TREATS OK TO USE: Try to use treats that are MEAT-BASED ONLY, with NO wheat (especially wheat gluten), isolated white rice (& brewers rice), potatoes, or corn meal.  Some suggestions are offered on the next Tab.
Foods to Avoid When Battling Candida-Yeast Overgrowth Issues

Evaluating PRIMARY or SECONDARY Food Items for the Main DIET: 

In Choosing Premium Dog Food: The first 8 ingredients should NOT include – potatoes, sweet potato, white rice (brewers), corn products, wheat products, gluten(any form), or Tapioca.

TO PROTECT YOUR PET YOU SHOULD:

Avoid PET FOODS or Treats that Contain: Meat-by-products, poultry-by-products, Tapioca, sausage, bacon, corn beef, lunch meats, smoked turkey, ham, sauces or gravies.

AVOID THESE GRAINS: Enriched flour, wheat, wheat gluten, white rice*, brewers rice, rice flour*, corn meal, corn gluten, millet, rye, alfalfa, prepackaged breads, cereals, cookies, crackers, pretzels and pasta. (*White rice may be ok if properly balanced in a quality food with brown rice or ricebran).

AVOID THESE WHOLE VEGETABLES: Corn, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, Carrots, yams, etc. (amounts of these vegetables used in holistic pet foods are usually very small and likely not problematic).

AVOID PRODUCTS LIKE: Peanuts.

AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS LIKE: Buttermilk, cheeses and cottage cheese.

AVOID ANYTHING SWEET: Sugar, sorbitol, caramel coloring, honey, molasses, maple syrup, corn syrup or Dextrose.

AVOID THESE TREATS: Milk Bones, Bonz, Beggin Strips, Snausages, Jerky Treats, Greenies, rawhides, pig ears and others. Look closely at ingredients.

Other Dietary Recommendations

ADVISE EVERYONE ABOUT YOUR PETS’ RESTRICTED DIET

Make sure that ALL family members, neighbors, utility company employees and Postal workers are aware that your pet is on a RESTRICTED DIET and that it is NOT OK to give treats or any of the “problem foods” (no feeding from the table).

USE FILTERED WATER (Avoid Chlorine)

If possible, use filtered water for your pet. Chlorine used in city water will contribute to the breakdown of the GI tract’s natural Flora, making it more difficult to resolve yeast issues. Therefore, we suggest examining options to provide your pet either filtered water or bottled water. Two economical options would be – 1) an inexpensive Brita filter pitcher for your counter; 2) bottled water by the gallon or 2.5 gallons is quite inexpensive and will greatly help to protect your pet from further Flora damage – now and future. Dogs (especially) tend to drink lots of water in warmer months of the year – sometimes drinking for minutes at a time – and if that water is chlorinated, it can wreak havoc on digestive Flora.