Dog Food

Red Meat Recipe for Large Breed Dogs

Grain Free Value Series


Pork meal, peas, pea starch, pork fat ( preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid ), potatoes, lamb meal,

 alfalfa, red lentils, natural flavour, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3

 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine

hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate,

 copper sulfate, manganous oxide, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite,

choline chloride, chicory, pumpkin, blueberries, bananas, apples, cranberries, carrots, spinach, tomato, sweet

 potatoes, broccoli, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation

 product, dried Bifidobacterium fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product,

 glucosamine hydrochloride, yucca schidigera extract, peppermint, garlic, parsley, green tea extract, turmeric,

 thyme, rosemary, cayenne, cinnamon, chamomile, chondroitin sulfate.


Guaranteed Analysis:

·        Protein 25%min

·        Fat 16%min

·        Fibre 4%max

·        Moisture 10%max

·        Calcium 1.2%min

·        Omega-6 fatty acids 2.5%min

·        Omega-3 fatty acids .34%min

·        Glucosamine 300mg/kg min

·        Chondroitin 100mg/kg min

·        Phosphorus 1.0%min

·        Calorie Content: 3693 kcal per kg (393 kcal per cup)

Here at Annquest Farm we have had great success feeding this “all life stage” food to our large and small breed pets.  The extra Glucosamine in this food does not interfere with the small breed’s body system.


Masterfeeds Puppy Food is a palatable, complete and balanced food that meets or exceeds all the nutrients required for growing puppies. Puppy Food provides optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, protein and energy to keep puppies growing, healthy and energetic.


Crude Protein (minimum)28.0%

Crude Fat (minimum)18.0%

Crude Fibre (maximum)5.0%



High quality chicken protein sources.
Supply the protein and amino acids required for growth and performance.

Choice, high quality fat is included as a concentrated source of energy.
Improves digestibility and palatability.

Omega-6 fatty acids.
Added for healthier skin and a shiny hair coat.

Contains Bioplex®.
Trace minerals are better able to meet the high nutrient needs of pets for overall health, growth and skin and coat condition.

Contains Sel-Plex®.
Alltech’s proprietary organic form of selenium yeast, is better absorbed, stored and utilized by animals than inorganic Selenium.

Brewer’s rice.
Added as a source of dietary fiber and stool conditioner.

Increased digestibility.
Results in lower feeding rates and thus lower cost per day.

Optimal levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate.
Promotes healthy joints and mobility.

Contains Zeolite.
Promotes firm stools.

Does not contain any by-products.

Ingredients: chicken meal, brewers rice, oat groats, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried beet pulp, natural flavor, dried egg product, flaxseed, salt, potassium chloride, lecithin, yeast autolysate, choline chloride, chicory, zinc proteinate, glucosamine hydrochloride, iron proteinate, yeast active dehydrated, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, corn starch,  manganese proteinate, yucca schidigera extract, vitamin E supplement, niacidamide, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, zeolite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract.

I recommend switching from puppy food to adult food by 6 months of age.  Unless your pet is extremely active the high protein in puppy food is hard on the kidneys as well as can cause rapid growth in puppies leading to bone and muscle problems.

*Both can be purchased at a feed supply store (we purchase ours at JEMCO Feeds in Rimbey) or online.


Any Flavour

The above canned food should not be used as the main sorce of diet.

Here at Annquest Farm our pets are given a small amount as a treat each evening.

Can be purchased at Wal-Mart




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Costco Treats


Wal-Mart Treats

Feed the Following in Moderation


 Grooming Your Pet

Grooming is a very important part of your pet’s routine.  Good grooming practices can contribute to better coat and skin health in return making a happier pet. Below are some guidelines I use on my own pets.  Please remember that when in doubt contact your veterinarian.


Brushing is very important for your pet wither your pet has long coat or short coat.  It frees the coat and skin of debris and stimulates healthy circulation and coat oils.

Short Coats:

I recommend using a rubber grooming tool/glove or a stiff bristle brush similar to those pictured below.  It is good practice to brush before bathing and after.


Nail Trimming:

There are several types of dog nail trimmers, including scissorsgrinder tools specifically

 designed for dogs, and guillotine types. You can use whatever type you are most comfortable

 with, or whatever works best for your dog. It’s a good idea to have some styptic powder or

 other clotting powder on hand to stop bleeding in case you cut a nail too short.


Here are the steps to follow to properly trim your dog’s nails:

1.    Pick up a paw and firmly, but gently, place your thumb on the pad

 of a toe and your forefinger on the top of the toe on the skin above

 the nail. Make sure none of your dog’s fur is in the way.

2.    Push your thumb slightly up and backward on the pad, while

 pushing your forefinger forward. This extends the nail.

3.    Clip only the tip of the nail, straight across. Include the dewclaws,

 located on the inner side of the paw.

4.    Avoid clipping past the curve of the nail or until you see a dark

 inner circle or you risk hitting what is called the quick (the pink area

 of the nail that contains the blood vessels). A nick there is painful

 and will bleed.


Grinding Your Dog’s Nails:

 How to Grind Your Dog’s Nails:

Grind your dog’s nails using a safe tool.

 Only grind a small part of your dog’s nail at a time.

Support the dog’s toe firmly but gently.

Grind across the bottom of the nail and then carefully in from the tip of the nail, smoothing rough edges.

For better control, hold the grinder higher up, towards the top.

Keep your dogs comfortable and take note of any sensitivities.

If your dog has long hair, make sure to keep it back from the grinding tool so it doesn’t get caught.


Failing to Cut Your Dogs Nails:

 Regular nail maintenance is more than cosmetic. Unhealthy nails can cause pain, and in rare instances, trigger irreversible damage to the dog. A dog’s nail consists of the living pink quick and the hard outer material called the shell. The quick supplies blood to the nail and runs through the core of it. Nerves in the quick cause bleeding and discomfort when cut. Regular nail trimming will cause the quick to recede from the end. Short quicks are the preferred length for the dog’s well-being and easy maintenance. Long nails can turn a sound paw into a splayed foot and reduce traction, and they can cause deformed feet and injure the tendons over an extended period. As the long nail hits the ground, the pressure puts force on the foot and leg structure. Some dogs wear their nails down and won’t need to have them clipped as often.  I suggest trimming the tip off the nail every 2 weeks to keep the quick regressed.  Letting the nails get very long can also cause the quick to become long.  Getting the nail back to a healthy length will then be a long process.

Cleaning the Ears:

As dog owners, we know that keeping our dogs’ ears clean is an important part of their everyday care.

But cleaning your dog’s ears can challenging if your dog isn’t conditioned to accept regular ear cleaning, or we don’t feel comfortable cleaning our dog’s ears.

Some dogs naturally have healthy, clean ears and may almost never need to have their ears cleaned, while other dogs require regular ear cleaning to prevent the build-up of dirt that can lead to ear infections.

Checking the health of your dog’s ears is something you should do on a regular basis as part of basic grooming.

 Your dog might enjoy having their ears rubbed when they are healthy, but if your dog pulls away from having their ears touched, then their ears may be sensitive or sore.

Gently handling your dog’s ears is a simple way to check in on their condition every day.

How to Tell When a Dog’s Ears Need Cleaning:

Before you break out the dog ear cleaner, check to make sure your dog actually needs to have their ears cleaned. Over-cleaning your dog’s ears can lead to infection and irritation, so familiarize yourself with what a healthy, clean ear looks like (pink, odourless, and not dirty or inflamed) and smells like (not yeasty or stinky), and clean it with a cleanser only when you notice a change.

Some dogs require infrequent ear cleanings, while others, such as those predisposed to ear infections or dogs that spend a lot of time in the water, may need ear cleanings more often. The Merck Veterinary Manual recommends that a dog’s ear canals be kept dry and well ventilated by using topical astringents for dogs that swim frequently, and by preventing water from entering the ear canals during bathing.

If you notice a mild odour or see that your dog is shaking their head more than usual, it’s probably time for an ear cleaning. If your dog’s ear looks red and inflamed, smells yeasty, or they appear to be in pain, contact your veterinarian. These symptoms could indicate an ear infection, fleas, or ear mites, or allergies, and require medical attention. Cleaning an already infected ear often causes more harm than good.

How to Clean Dog Ears in Three Easy Steps:

1.    Assemble your supplies so everything is at hand and nearby you and your dog. Try to clean your dog’s ears when your dog is calm, as this will help make the process easier. Don’t be afraid to use treats to make it a positive experience for your pet.

2.    A) For very dirty ears squeeze a veterinary ear-cleaning solution to fill your dog’s ear canal. Place a couple of large cotton balls in the ear and massage gently at the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. You will hear a squishing sound as the product works to dislodge and dissolve any debris and build-up. Don’t let the tip of the applicator touch your dog’s ear, as this can contaminate the solution with bacteria.

     B)  For less dirty ears use ear cleaning wipes.  Simply take one pad and wrap around your finger.  Gently insert into ear cleaning any dirt and debris.

3.    Let your dog shake their head. This is where a towel comes in handy — you can use it to protect yourself from spray and wipe down their face if the solution drips out of their ears. Once your dog has finished shaking, take a cotton ball or gauze and gently wipe out the ear canal, going no deeper than the depth of one knuckle. If your dog appears to be in pain during the ear cleaning process, stop and consult your veterinarian.

Ear Cleaner


Healthy teeth and good physical health go hand and hand with your pet.

Rotten teeth and gum disease can cause a variety of health problems for your pet.  Having regular Veterinarian checkups is recommended.

To aid in good dental health there are a few things that we can do to help our pet stay healthy.

 1.    Don’t feed strictly canned or soft dog food. Feeding only a diet of soft or canned food can lead to plaque build-up resulting in rotting teeth and gum disease.

2.    Provide to your pet a variety of options to chew on that will stimulate the gums and help to reduce the chance of tartar build-up and gum disease.

 3.    Brush your pets teeth on a daily basis with pet approved toothpaste and instruments.  There are a few options available to help with this.  One being a toothbrush with a specially shaped tip meant for your pets shape of mouth.  Another option is a finger brush, a rubber attachment you slide over your finger.

Dental Toys:

Above I have pictured a few examples of what is available to aid your pet with good dental health.

There are many more options available and it may be a bit of trial and error in finding what is preferred by your pet.


Bathing your pet:

Although it is a matter of opinion I do suggest bathing your pet at least once per month.

 Under bathing can result in itchy dry skin as well as sores from dirt and debris.  Having said that, over bathing can also lead to skin issues.

 Your pet has naturally produced oil on their skin which helps protect against the elements and parasites.

 Over bathing strips these oils leaving your pet open to possible irritated skin.

 Even bathing once a month will strip the natural oils therefore it is important to try and replace some of the oils removed by shampooing by using conditioner.

This will close the follicles in the hair resulting in a cleaner and less tangled pet longer as well as closing the pours on the skin keeping out debris and certain pests away.

Please remember to check if your shampoo and conditioner are tearless (won’t hurt the eyes) before putting any product close to the eyes.

Shampoo & Conditioner:

This is a great product for healthy skin and coat.  Keeps pet smelling great for a longer period as well.

*Do not get close to eyes, this product is not tearless.

Purchased from Amazon.

This is a good product for around eyes, this product is tearless.

Can be purchased on Amazon.

This product is great for making white or light patches brightly colored.

*This product is not tearless, do not use close to eyes.

Can be purchased on Amazon.

*For pets with skin allergies please consult your Veterinarian.


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