Critical Information on Nutrition & Vaccines

“You Are What You Eat” and for dogs that is first and foremost a raw diet.  We at OCPoundhounds highly recommend a raw or home cooked diet, of which our dogs eat while they are in foster care awaiting their furever home.   Please review the following video’s to learn about the dog food industry:

What Animal Fat and Protein Meal Really Is (Graphic)

Dr. Becker on Pet Foods

Learn Where YOUR dog food falls in the list of a good and bad dog foods:  Check Out Your Dog Food

You can easily make your own dog food: Simply Make Your Own Dog’s Food

For those willing to feed a raw diet, we highly recommend TigerTail Foods.  The dog’s health benefit’s so much from the raw food…..their natural diet!

If the idea of raw food feeding sounds great but you don;t think you can deal with the look Freshpet’s Vital line is an excellent alternative and gets a 5 star rating from the Pet Food Advisor web site.

For the few refusals we do get when an OCPoundhound is offered a raw diet our next offering is The Honest Kitchen…..Most cannot help but partake in this diet when served.


SOJOS COMPLETE DOG FOOD MIX is a wholesome GRAIN-FREE pre-mix that you simply combine with water to create your own fresh, homemade pet food. Made with USDA FREEZE-DRIED raw meat and all-natural ingredients.  You can add yogurt, meat, fish etc to increase the protein or feed as a complete meal – our OCPoundhounds love it!  Click on the bag to buy at the best priced location!

If KIBBLE is better for you then we recommend the following kibble:


Quality, premium kibble for Adult and Puppy alike.  Merrick’s Before Grain and Grain Free is a 5-star top of the line kibble and their 70/30 line is ideal for our small breed dogs, the favourite being the Dick & Sweet Potato formula.

Feeding raw (prey feeding) and raw meaty bones has been amazing for our rescue dogs.  Our shedding dogs, such as our Chihuahua’s, Chihuahua mixes and Pomeranians have significantly reduced their predisposition to shed.  Allergies and ear infections have cleared up and no more irritable bowels.  Chewing on the raw bones cleans the dogs teeth.

Most Veterinarians (unless they are Holistically trained) have not had any specific nutritional training.  They obtain their nutritional information from the Sales Representatives of the dog food companies such as Science Diet, Iams and Purina for which they receive discounts for selling in their practice.

Our OCPoundhounds love the Trader Joe’s Strips and Sticks and their Chicken Breast Wraps!  These are made in America and are nice and wholesome.

Trader Joes Treats


Flexi-leashes are another bane of the dog world that we highly recommend AGAINST using as they do not give the Pet Parent enough control in high traffic areas.  Dangers of Flexi-Leashes