Vet Talk

Welcome to Vet Talk with Dr. Dani

I am a mobile Veterinarian in the Atlanta area serving your pets from nose to wagging tail.

“Being mobile allows me to see the entire picture. I have found that many health problems can be avoided by feeding a high quality food.”

In my practice, the golden question for many pet owners is: What is the best food to feed my pet? With so many brands and selections available, this can be a very confusing and complicated decision when actually it should be very simple. Early in my veterinary career I would blindly recommend the latest national brand without analyzing the ingredients. During my 13 year of practice, I have come to realize that I can control and even manage many serious medical issues by adding a high quality diet.  So let’s consider the question about the best food by choosing a diet that will maintain excellent health and prevent medical problems down the line.

Aside from quality, the first consideration for most people as well as their pets is palatability. Does this food taste good? Will my pet enjoy eating this food day in and day out? Will I be wasting my money on a food that my pet may not enjoy? Pets can literally go on strike and avoid a bad tasting food for days in lieu of a tastier option. How can a pet benefit from a high quality food if they won’t eat it? Many lower quality foods are very tasty to pets because they are filled with large amounts of fats, sugars and fillers that add to the ingredients, however, they do nothing for the pets’ health and well being. This is similar to us eating fast food everyday; sure it taste good, but as you know it is not good for our health. Imagine an explosion of your pet’s taste buds when your pet is introduced to a meal with cranberries, blueberries, pears, & bananas on one side and celery, parsley, lettuce, watercress, rosemary, garlic and carrots on the other side.  Fruits and vegetables galore – taste great, and are excellent for the health and nutritional value of your pet.

After reviewing the Benchmark Pet food formula, I immediately started looking up the ingredients to do an analysis of the product.  Honestly, my first impression was this diet was too good to be true.  I must say that I am impressed with what I found; I think my dogs eat better than I do.   I have to give it to them; Benchmark makes it happen.  Great taste and nutrients all in one!

Quality is the key.  In any quality food the objective is to find a high percentage of digestible protein and as well as an equally high percentage of vegetables with approximately 10% digestible carbohydrates and whole grains. What does this mean?

Proteins are the building blocks of all living organisms and are essential for all bodily functions.  Benchmark contains at least 24% of high-quality protein in the adult, and at least 28% in the puppy blend. Chicken meal is one of the best concentrated sources of protein available. I found that Benchmark connoisseurs have a number of high quality protein sources in an all-in-one product.

Fruits and vegetables speak for themselves as far as providing the vitamin and mineral requirements needed for a healthy lifestyle.  As far as carbohydrates and whole grains, all bases are covered.  Benchmark makes good carbohydrate and whole grain selections easy. You are what you eat, so bon appétit Benchmark.

The pets owners to whom I have suggested that they weaned their pets to this diet have reported that their pets love the food.  Skin disorders have disappeared, and the stool production has better consistency and less volume. I also recently transitioned a dog from a hypoallergenic product ($60.00 per bag) that I diagnosed with food allergy to Benchmark.  This dog weighed about 100 pounds; needless to say, the diet was expensive. This leads to non compliant and unhappy pet owners. We decided to switch to Benchmark with its gluten free products eliminating this pet’s allergic source.  The results were amazing.  The dog has not had any recurrence of allergic symptoms, and he loves the food.  The owner is happy and is now paying 1/3 the price for an even larger sized bag with a healthier pet.  I take my hat off to Benchmark Pet Products for providing feasible options for pet owners who want the best for their pet.

Here we have a quality, all natural product, great taste, and a great price all wrapped up in an Eco Friendly, Recyclable, and Sustainable Bag. Benchmark High Premium All Natural Pet Food is my answer to the question about the BEST food for your pet from puppy to adult.

Please review ingredients below for a more in-depth analysis of the main components of Benchmark Pet Food.

Chicken Meal

Some foods contain chicken meat or chicken parts, which naturally hold a fair amount of water. We prefer to use chicken meal because most of the water has been removed, which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater “protein content” in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat.

Salmon Meal

Our top-quality fish meal is made by drying the freshest Salmon at a low temperature, creating a concentrated, highly-digestible protein source. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, salmon meal provides natural DHA and EPA, the most important of all the omega-3 fatty acids.

Chicken Cartilage provides natural Chondroitin Sulfate to aid in good joint health. Both Chondroitin and Glucosamine are in the food.


We believe the primary fat source in dog food should be animal based because these fats contain a profile of fatty acids that are easily metabolized and generally more available to the body.

Beet pulp contains folate, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, tryptophan, iron, copper and phosphorus. This product as well as Chicory root extract aid in your pets digestion and Yucca Schidigera Extract reduce fecal odor.

Carrots contain beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamins C, D, E, and K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Iron.
Celery contains fiber, potassium and vitamin C. It also contains some vitamin A, calcium, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.

Lettuce contains thiamine, vitamin B6, iron and potassium. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese.

Parsley contains vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and iron. It also contains antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol and luteolin.

Watercress contains folate, pantothenic acid and copper. It is a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.

Blueberries contain vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E and dietary fiber.

And finally Cranberries contain Vitamins A, C, E and K, Calcium and Magnesium. Did we mention they taste pretty good too?

Brown Rice is the entire grain with only the inedible outer husk removed. This whole grain contains manganese, selenium, magnesium, as well as tryptophan and vitamins B1, B3 and B6.

Oat Groats are whole oats that have been cleaned, toasted, hulled and cleaned again. Amazingly, they retain nearly all of their original nutrients after this process. Oat groats contain seven B vitamins, vitamin E, and nine minerals, including iron and calcium.

Millet is a grain rich in Vitamin B, Iron and Potassium. It is low in calorie, it is a rich protein source and it is gluten free reducing food allergy concerns.

Flax seed meal is the richest plant source of antioxidant lignans and Omega-3 fatty. Flax seed meal also has a very high level of highly-digestible protein and essential amino acids. In addition, flax seed meal contains significant amounts of fiber, vitamin E, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and is extremely rich in the minerals potassium, calcium and phosphorus.