About Ashlyn

My name is Ashlyn, and I am the founder of this business. I graduated from the University of New Haven in 2016 with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Forensic Science and Chemistry. It wasn’t long after that I adopted Milo, and my life changed completely.

Unfortunately, Milo was not a healthy pup, and I spent a lot of time at vet offices trying to figure out what was wrong. After several failed vet visits, I started researching how nutrition could potentially help manage his health conditions.

Like many pet owners, I started with PMR raw diets (also known as ratio diets, BARF, 80/10/10, etc.), which did help with some of his health problems, such as constant UTIs. However, he soon began to experience new symptoms, and I realized that what I thought was “best” was actually making him sicker.

This decline in health prompted me to research more, and I learned that proper nutritional requirements not only exist but are essential for our pets’ well-being. I immersed myself in learning how to formulate a well-balanced diet that also accommodated Milo’s health conditions. 

Today, Milo is a *mostly* healthy 7-year-old. He was diagnosed with IBD at 5 years old after years of struggle. This condition was not able to be controlled solely with diet and he takes medication twice a day for it. There is a strong possibility that this condition was either a result of or exacerbated by, being fed an unbalanced diet during growth.

This past year he was also diagnosed with both spondylosis (fused spine) and idiopathic lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis. A combination of diet, rehab and medication keep symptoms of these conditions relatively under control as well.

I point the medication out solely because I believe there is a lot of judgment around using medication when feeding a homemade diet. Without these, Milo would be in pain and likely very sick. While his diet is optimized to support his specific health conditions, he has shown us that he needs medication to thrive.

After years of formulating tailored diets for Milo, I began formulating for friends. It was amazing to see the positive changes a tailored diet could make. In August 2021, I launched my first business Barks n’ Bowls, and began formulating professionally. In that time I formulated for dozens of families that wanted to feed their dog a homemade diet but didn’t know where to start.

At the beginning of 2023, we moved from New York to Maine and due to business licensing laws, rebranding the company became a necessity. I am excited to see where Tailored Tummy Co. goes.

My dog-feeding beliefs

  1. Every dog is unique and we should take that into account when choosing how and what to feed our dogs. Not every dog will do well on a raw diet- many actually do better on cooked diets rather than raw. Many dogs benefit from carbohydrates in the diet, but which carb varies greatly from dog to dog. By tailoring their diet to fit them, rather than trying to mold them to fit the diet, you can get the maximum benefit from the diet you choose.
  2. Just like humans, dogs have likes and dislikes. I prefer to work with those rather than try to force a dog to eat something they don’t enjoy. The “healthiest” diet means nothing if the dog won’t eat it and the stress of trying to get them to eat something they don’t like isn’t good for them either. There are thousands of ingredient choices- I guarantee that there are options out there that they love
  3. Kibble isn’t going to kill your dog. While I do wholeheartedly believe that fresh food diets support a dog’s health far more than processed foods, I understand that fresh food diets are not accessible to a large majority of dog owners. Whether it be due to cost, time, or any number of other reasons, no one should feel guilty for providing a well-balanced diet for their dog. That being said, my main priority when formulating diets is focused on creating a diet that works with your lifestyle and budget. This may mean using commercial foods as a portion of the diet to bring cost and prep time down. It doesn’t need to be all or nothing- adding small amounts of fresh foods goes a long way!
  4. Unbalanced diets are worse for your dog than processed foods. If the choice is a ratio-based diet or kibble, I will always recommend feeding kibble. Long-term nutritional deficiencies are a huge reason for diseases later in life including cancer, digestive disorders, skin infections, and general organ function. Kibble has been studied and they meet your dogs nutritional requirements (when fed correctly).
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