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 Chicken, Complete & Balanced Healthy Grain Free Raw Dog Food, Crafted in The USA, 14 oz
  • Premium freeze dried raw dog food made with cage-free chicken raised without antibiotics, steroids or added hormones and with USDA certified organic fruits and vegetables. Grain free
  • Upgrade from kibble. Minimally processed dog food delivers the highest digestibility for maximum nutrient absorption to support optimal weight, skin & coat, oral & eye health, reduced stool volume
  • Serve as a complete & balanced meal, a freeze dried dog food topper or treat. Adding Primal Pet Food just a few times a week will help you start to see the results raw food for dogs can provide
  • Convenient & delicious raw nutrition that is shelf-stable. Easy to crumble and serve. Best when rehydrated with water, bone broth, or raw goat milk to satisfy your dog’s natural instinct
  • Crafted in the USA. Wholesome adult dog food with real whole food ingredients. No synthetic vitamins or minerals. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives. No corn, wheat, soy, lentils, or legumes

Last update on 2024-02-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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 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.
  • HUMAN GRADE, FREE RANGE CHICKEN: This recipe is 100% human grade and made with wholesome ingredients like free range chicken, organic oats, carrots & bananas. Each recipe is produced in a human food facility where our whole food ingredients are gently dehydrated for maximum flavor, nutrient retention and 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).
  • WE SAY NO TO: This recipe contains no preservatives, by-products, fillers, GMO ingredients, corn, wheat or soy.
  • CERTIFIED B CORPORATION – We meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to have a positive impact on our employees, communities and the environment.

Last update on 2024-02-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API