Backpacking With Your Dog

The wonders of nature are best when shared with a friend. There are few things more enjoyable than taking your dog backpacking; however, when it comes to packing, you have to plan carefully.

Overpacking is the quickest way to weigh down your trip – literally.

You’re going to have extra weight in your bag for your dog – at the very least, a leash, a bowl and their food. If you’ve ever handled a bag of dog food, you know how heavy it is in bulk.

You’re probably not thrilled with the idea of carrying it on your back for miles.

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

There’s an old adage that goes, “Work smarter, not harder.” Instead of lugging around heavy dog food, consider purchasing freeze-dried food.

Pound-for-pound, freeze-dried dog food is considerably lighter than its traditional counterpart.

Here are three USA-based brands to consider. All of them are non-GMO and among some of the healthiest, safest brands to give your dog.

Stewart Raw Naturals

Perhaps the best choice for freeze-dried dog food is Stewart Raw Naturals. Choose between lamb, chicken, salmon, turkey or beef.

Additionally, they have a separate formula for growing puppies. Stewart Naturals is completely grain and gluten-free. Its creators understand what dogs do and don’t need for a healthy diet.

Stewart Raw Naturals Freeze Dried Dog Food Grain Free Made in USA with Beef, Fruits, & Vegetables for Fresh To Home All Natural Recipe, 24 oz.
  • HERITAGE OF TRUST: For over 44 years, we’ve been building on our heritage of trust by bringing you innovations like freeze dried dog food that locks in freshness
  • BEEF IS #1 INGREDIENT: Our limited-ingredient recipe contains no fillers and is 80% single-source protein, 18% fruits and vegetables, 2% vitamins and supplements
  • GENTLY PROCESSED USDA-certified ingredients
  • HUMAN-GRADE ingredients with the addition of ground bone as a source of calcium. Our Fresh to Home recipe has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • MADE IN THE USA: Thoughtfully sourced and produced in the heart of the Midwest

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Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets

If you’re looking for a bargain deal, you should consider this variant by Primal Pet Foods. This type of food is well-balanced; it’s intended for dogs of all ages.

It’s free of corn, soy, or wheat products. The chicken used in the recipe is hormone-free.

If you want to give your dog an all-natural diet for a low cost, this is the one to choose.

Primal Freeze-Dried Dog Food Nuggets, 14 oz Chicken - Made in USA, Complete Raw Diet, Grain-Free Topper/Mixer
  • Simply portion, shred, and rehydrate with warm water, Bone Broth, or Raw Goat Milk.
  • FRESH CHICKEN for superior levels of amino and essential fatty acids.
  • USDA ORGANIC PRODUCE for food-derived vitamins A, B-Complex, C, and D.
  • Finely ground, fresh chicken bones for optimum levels of calcium
  • MADE IN THE USA with high-quality protein and Certified Organic produce, crafted especially for your canine.

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The Honest Kitchen’s Organic Dog Food

There’s no harm in splurging once and a while. Treat yourself – and treat your dog- to organic, luxury dog food.

This food is human-grade, meaning it meets the required FDA standards needed for human consumption, not just livestock feed. The recipe contains real, humanely-kept animal products.

Choose between ranch-raised beef, cage-free turkey, or free range chicken. While the priciest of the listed options, this is a luxury choice to pamper your pooch and make your trip even more enjoyable.

The Honest Kitchen Human Grade Dehydrated Whole Grain Dog Food – Complete Meal or Dog Food Topper – Chicken 10 lb (makes 40 lbs)
  • MAKES 40 LBS OF FOOD: Just add warm water for a wholesome & delicious meal that rehydrates to 4x its weight. A 10 LB box makes 40 LBs of fresh food! Serve alone as a complete easy homemade meal, or use as a topper to dry food.
  • FREE RANGE CHICKEN & ORGANIC WHOLE GRAINS: The Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken dog food is made with real whole food ingredients like free range chicken, organic oats, carrots & bananas, which are gently dehydrated for maximum flavor & nutrient retention and easy digestion.
  • SUITABLE FOR PUPPIES & ADULT DOGS: Complete & balanced nutrition for adult dogs and puppies of all breeds and sizes, including large breed puppies, as well as adult mothers (gestation/lactation).
  • HUMAN GRADE: Unlike most pet food, which is feed grade, this recipe is 100% human grade – made with human grade ingredients and produced in a human food facility. That means higher quality ingredients and more safety standards, just like you'd expect from your own food.
  • WE SAY NO TO: This recipe contains no preservatives, by-products, fillers, GMO ingredients, corn, wheat or soy.

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