Like many dog owners, CT dad Tom Arrix thought of his golden retrievers, Cooper & Eddie, as his fifth and sixth children. So when Cooper was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2018, Tom set out to do everything he could do to ensure Cooper’s recovery, including meeting with a veterinary wellness specialist who shifted his diet from dry kibble to fresh ingredients. Once Cooper entered remission and regained his appetite—and full zest for life—Tom launched Joy Food to help others give their pets the same high quality food that had helped heal Cooper.

 

“We are a food company that is solely focused on the wellness of your dog. We do this by cooking only the freshest ingredients—veggies, fruits and proteins. These are all whole food ingredients we humans should consider eating more of, actually!” explains Tom. The result? Healthier pets who are living longer, better lives. “Our whole food recipes will have more than just an impact on their energy, their coats and their happiness. We will connect wellness to prevention.  Food is our collective medicine and by feeding our pets well, we have a greater chance for them to live a healthier life with fewer trips to the vet,  vet bills to pay and antibiotics prescribed to our dogs,” says Tom. Here’s what the specialists he met with said to look for in a dog food, and what Joy Food prioritizes in its products.

 

Top Notch Ingredients

Mechanically processed meats and cheap grain fillers just fill a pets tummy, but don’t help their health. “With Joy Food, there are only fresh, wholesome ingredients that are designed by a vet nutritionist to improve health and prevent disease,” notes Tom. On their labels, you’ll see cancer-fighting broccoli, anti-inflammatory ingredients like flaxseed, fish oil and turmeric (which can protect again illness, joint pain and arthritis), proteins like ground turkey or beef and vitamins and minerals that form a balanced meal.

 



No Preservatives

If all of your food was processed to the point that it can last forever in a pantry, you wouldn’t feel so well—and it’s no different for your four-legged friend. “Labels need to give the owner confidence that what’s inside the pouch is healthy, good for them and has benefits that help drive wellness. Preservatives can easily be deciphered from the labels,” says Tom.

 

Absolute Convenience

Even busy parents want the best for your pets, and while cooking their dog’s food is a fantastic idea in theory, it is time-consuming in practice (especially when you’re already cooking for the rest of the family). That’s where services like Joy Food come in. “We take the time, the shopping, the cooking and the expense out of the process. Our meals are prepared with the TLC that assures your dog its eating the best, balanced meal possible. We deliver a week’s worth of meals to your doorstep, in single serve pouches,” says Tom.

 

Unsurpassed Taste

Want an example of an A+ label, focused on whole ingredients that are also chock full of flavor? Check out the ingredients in two of Joy Food’s bestselling choices:

 

 

Turkey Recipe
Ground Turkey
Carrots
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Rice – Long Grain
Flaxseed (omega 3, 6)
Fish Oil
Turmeric
Joy Complete Balance-
Potassium Citrate, DiCalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Garbanzo Beans, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, Salt, Zinc Proteinate, Magnesium Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B-12, Selenium, Niacin, Riboflavin, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid.

 

Beef Recipe
Ground Angus Beef
Carrots
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Rice – Long Grain
Sunflower Oil
Flaxseed (Omega 3, 6)
Turmeric
Joy Complete  Balance

 

Potassium Citrate, DiCalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Garbanzo Beans, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, Salt, Zinc Proteinate, Magnesium Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B-12, Selenium, Niacin, Riboflavin, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid.

 


To help give your dog the gift of wellness, go to
getjoyfood.com and use code LOCALMOMS for 20 percent off your first order. Be sure to follow @getjoyfood on Instagram for more!

 

This post is sponsored by Joy Food and first appeared on our parent website, The Local Moms Network.

 

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