About Dr. Tim
Voted America’s Favorite Veterinarian in a contest sponsored by the non-profit American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Dr. Tim Hunt of Michigan founded his dog food company Dr. Tim’s based on his own homemade dog food recipes. Dr. Tim has created these nutritious, protein rich meals for his Alaskan Huskies for years.
“Basically, the dog’s furnace is meant to run on fat, not carbohydrates or protein. Diets that encourage the opposite are just plain incorrect. Sure, the dog’s body will respond to either type of diet formulation, but it is very easy to see what works and what doesn’t. I don’t formulate a diet based on commodity pricing; I base it on what benefits the dog. Choose wisely for your pet’s sake, as they have no thumbs and can’t open a cupboard and make it themselves.”
– Dr. Tim
Dr. Tim Pet Foods is an all-American, family-owned protein-rich line of pet food products based in Michigan. Dr. Tim Hunt is a practicing veterinarian and an accomplished musher giving him a good understanding of the nutritional needs of various animals especially dogs. The company sells a variety of products aside from dog and cat foods including treats and dietary supplements.
What Makes Dr. Tim Different?
The major advantage Dr. Tim has over other brands, is that the recipes are derived and improved from his own recipes tailor made for his own pets, sled pulling dogs that pull grow men in the snowy wilderness. He has an innate knowledge of animal nutrition as a practicing veterinarian. Dr. Tim’s recipe is mostly meat-based fat and protein, much better than the average dog or cat food. Dr. Tim believes that dogs and cats fare better on meat-based proteins and fiber-rich highly-digestible grains for other nutrients.
The ingredients include protein-rich chicken meal and herring meal, easily-digestible brown rice, omega-6 rich chicken fats, omega 3-rich menhaden fish oil, gluten-free calorie-rich oat groats, protein-rich dried egg and fiber-rich and sugar-free beet pulp and fiber-rich rice bran. Other ingredients include flaxseed meal, nutritious pork plasma, chicory root which is rich in prebiotic inulin, and chelated minerals.
Dr. Tim products include eight different dry dog foods and two cat foods. They are:
- Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Formula for all life stages
- Dr. Tim’s Pursuit Formula for active dogs
- Dr. Tim’s Metabolite for weight management
- Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Grain Free for dogs with sensitive digestion
- Dr. Tim’s Grain Free Salmon and Pork
- Dr. Tim’s Momentum for Highly Active Dogs
- Dr. Tim’s Glacier Athletic Blend
- Dr. Tim’s Metabolite Grain Free
- Dr. Tim’s Fusion
- Dr. Tim’s Chase Cat Food for all life stages
- Dr. Tim’s Nimble Cat Food Chicken Vegetable Pate
Dr. Tim’s has an incredible choice of ingredients that support proper digestion and nutrition for dogs of all life stages. The high amounts of animal fat and protein puts the brand high above the average dog food. Having flaxseed however puts the actual protein content in debate but there is still a significant amount of meat included. As Dr. Tim states above, active dogs require a significant amount of fat hence a higher ratio between fat and protein with the rest being carbohydrates. The product line does include a weight management option (Metabolite) or less active dogs.
The ingredients are almost consistent for the entire product line and the protein sources are not exactly low-key. Dr. Tim’s is a highly recommendable product line if you love your dog/s and have a reasonable budget for your pets.