Nutrition is the most important for us. We love our boutique with all super nice products but nutrition is what makes it worth and give a sense to Well Bred existence. We don’t carry anything that we would be reluctant to give to our own pets.
We are committed to fair prices and offer Frequent Buyers Programs or Special Programs on most of foods and carry have a wide range of foods for every pocket.
We focus on foods that are:
- nutritious with all nutrients that dogs need
- have high quality ingredients
- are made by the companies with high ethics.
- Meat based with lower amounts or no starchy fillers as we believe that dogs should eat quality meats and not starchy fillers
- no wheat, no soy, no corn, no by-products, no gluten meals and no flavors instead of meat, as we believe they are harmful for dogs and cats.
We are very transparent and share with our customers our knowledge on the foods and their manufacturers, so you can make your educated choice.
Here is an overview on foods at Well Bred. Please also check our articles on healthy nutrition (published in reputable sources, included those written by the owner of Well Bred, Joanna Bronowicka)
Types of the foods at Well Bred:
Food generally fall in following categories: raw, freeze and air-dried, dehydrated, canned and dry (kibble).
Raw Frozen Foods
Raw frozen foods are considered the healthiest dog and cat foods available. They are made from fresh meat, not treated with hormones or antibiotics and the ones we carry, don’t have any starchy fillers in them.
That food is grounded and frozen and it looks like fresh hamburger meat but of course, it’s more complicated than a hamburger.
In short, raw food is a made from meat consisting of 60% muscle meats, 30% organs (hearts, liver), 10% of bone and appropriate amount of animal fat. That make-up mimics the whole pray model or in other words, what your dog or cat would eat if they can catch their own food.That makes the food complete which is very important as each of those elements have their own function.
For example, if there is not enough fat, the food will have too much protein and that can prompt body to make too much uric acid. If there is not enough bone, not enough natural calcium will cause phosphorus to increase. Bone also works as fiber and firm the stool. In cat food, bone is replaced by egg shell that has the same function. Organs are necessary for other nutrients and minerals.
Most of the foods we carry have 90-100% meat content. The rest are non-starchy veggies, fresh eggs, sometimes fish or fish oil.
Starchy vegetables/fillers are very high in sugar (high glycemic index). Starch feeds yeast making dog itchy, promotes ear infection and alter guts flora. Starch also is responsible for big puffy stool. This is why prefer foods that don’t have any starches in them.
Raw food has very high content of moisture, therefore the protein and fat content is very low – usually about 15% protein and about 10% healthy fat. That food is very easy to digest but it requires a gradual introduction if the dog(cat) has digestive issues.
All raw foods are 100% tested for harmful bacteria and based on FDA information, they have the lowest incident of recalls. It’s because of extra steps ensuring clean meats and the way they are handled.
Some of those foods use Fermentation or High Pressure Processing to prevent bad bacteria. Fermentation is the oldest method people used to prevent the food from spoiling or making water drinkable. HPP process kills bad bacteria by using high pressure, however it also kills good enzymes and beneficial flora so it is a bit controversial.
Feeding raw foods is very easy but more expensive than feeding classing dry food in the form of kibble as this is food made 90-100% from very high quality meats while dry foods don’t use that quality of meats and the meat content is much lower. Foods with high content of meat are more filling so you will feed much less than dry or canned foods.
See the information about the brands we carry, why we like them, the price range and cost of feeding in here: Raw Foods at Well Bred
Freeze Dried and Air Dried Foods
Freeze dried foods are next on our list of healthy foods. They are basically raw foods with the same proportions of muscles, organs, bone, fat and veggies that have been freeze-dried. That methods saves nutrients and was originally developed to dry astronaut foods. They are made in the form of dried patties, nibbles or mixers and very easy to serve. Since they are very dry, they should be hydrated with water or raw goat milk and serve in mush consistency.
Those foods provide a combination of healthy and convenience as they don’t need to be refrigerated. The only inconvenience is that they should be hydrated with water because they are very dry.
Freeze dried foods, are more expensive than Raw frozen foods because of the extra step of freeze drying. Therefore, we recommend them mostly to the owner of small dogs or cats or as a food toper (to increase a meat content) for bigger dogs.
See below more information about the brands we carry, why we like them and cost of feeding in here: Freeze Dried & Air Dried at Well Bred
Dry Pet Food (Kibble)
Dry foods are a mixture of meat (or meat products) and starchy veggies so they can be formed into the kibble. Dry food is very convenient way of feeding and for years we were made to believe that it was the only way to feed a balanced diet. But the reality is that dry foods are “processed food” in human terms. For more the details about it see our article Dog Food Mystery Uncovered.
We realize that in many situations, dry food is the best option for the pet’s parents and therefore, we have a good selection of dry foods that we carefully researched. Our foods cover most of the needs and most of the budgets.
At Well Bred, we focus only on foods that have high quality ingredients and higher content of meat. Ideally we want to see 60%-85% of meat in the food as that 85% drops down to about 50% after the food is cooked. It means that the rest of the food are starches.
Starches usually increase sugar in the blood higher than table sugar and are inflammatory and change acidity of the dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems (dogs’ IG track is acidic unlike people) and if there are too many starches, they may impair good bacteria in the stomach and digestive function. However, it’s physically impossible to make dry foods without starches. Therefore, we focus on foods that have less starches and more meat. Same starches are better than the others and we only focus on foods with “better” starches.
Therefore, we don’t carry foods containing wheat, corn and soy, because they have very high glycemic index (90 vs table sugar of 67), are sprayed with roundups and some of them contain highly inflammatory gluten.
We also don’t carry any foods that would have any by-products and any gluten meals or flavors.
See our page “Dry Foods” with tips how to choose the best food for your dog based on her needs as well as the price range.
Cans & Pouches
Caned food is usually considered more appropriate for our dogs and especially cats, because it contains high content of moisture and is less processed. It also provides more variety of meats and texture. But it’s only a true, if the food is made from good ingredients and in fact it has high content of meat and not flavored corn or soy pretending to be meat.
At Well Bred, we focus only on high meat content, high quality meats foods that don’t have any wheat, corn, soy, by-products and gluten meals. We carry the same philosophy for can foods See a guide on canned foods here: Canned Food
We believe that cats as ultimate carnivores, should eat high meat content foods. The most appropriate foods for cats are those with high moisture content. Therefore we recommend Raw, Freeze Dried (hydrated with water or raw goat milk) or cans.
Since cats tend to be picky we offer a big variety of flavors, textures, and types. If your cat doesn’t eat moisture foods, we offer high quality dry foods that don’t contain much of the inflammatory starches and don’t change the ph of your cats digestive track.
At the same philosophy that we use when selecting dog foods. Check here to learn what we recommend: Cat Foods