Ewww! Gross! What's in Some Brands of Dog Foods
Believe it or not, all dog food manufacturers DON'T have your dog’s best health interests in mind. I believe what they have on their mind is profit and often times profit equates to less than optimum quality ingredients.
It's true! Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you might not knowingly feed your dog. You may be shocked to learn what some brands of dog food really contain. For example, the use of by-products such as feet, bones, feathers and intestines, added chemical preservatives (BHA and BHT) and grains such as corn, wheat, gluten and soy that are often difficult to digest. Did you know that, in some dog foods, these cheap fillers are often used as a protein source instead of meat!
The secret to superior pet food lies in the formula itself – not only in the ingredients, but also in the proportions of those ingredients to each other.
While many dog foods may meet technical standards for dietary requirements, some pet food manufacturers cut corners on their ingredients, which affects the quality of the overall formula.
To help you choose the best food for your dear companion, here's a few crucial measures upon which all dog foods should be judged. Remember, your dog deserves nothing less than the very best:
Here's an example. What most consumers don't know is that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides a market for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered "unfit for human consumption," and similar waste products to be turned into profit.
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See Beyond the Hype. As a caring pet parent, it’s important that you see through marketing ploys designed to mislead you about the quality of ingredients and their intended dietary benefits. The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent. Because your dog probably eats the same food every day, it’s her primary source of nutrition. A superior dog food helps foster a solid nutritional foundation which helps sustain your dog over a long and healthy lifetime.
The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts. While the top five ingredients of a given dog food label provide the consumer with insight into the nutritional priorities of a pet food maker, they don’t tell the whole story. Every ingredient plays a critical part of the whole. The secret to superior pet food lies in the formula itself – not only in the ingredients, but also in the proportions of those ingredients to one another.
The significance of the ratios cannot be understated. The importance of synergism, or the interaction of ingredients, is important because the proper proportions help to maximize the nutritional impact of a formula. As with any recipe, if you use the wrong ratios, you will get very different results.
With quality ingredients working synergistically with one another, you can be certain that you’re providing the very best for your companion animal.
Pet Food or Junk Food? As I suggested above, unfortunately, many pet food manufacturers use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your dog. Some intentionally attempt to mislead with clever marketing, touting ingredients that sound appealing to you but are not actually suited to the nutritional requirements of dogs.
To account for the unique dietary needs of your dog, all of the following should be included in the formula: a diverse array of high-quality proteins; healthy species-specific animal fat; a guaranteed amount of the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E; a guaranteed amount of omega-3 fatty acids (for optimal benefit omega-3’s should be scientifically balanced with omega-6 fatty acids); prebiotics; a guaranteed amount of probiotics; an array of vegetables; and fruits. Furthermore, to minimize health risks, no wheat or wheat gluten or corn or corn gluten-based products should be featured.
What You Don’t Know Could Be Harming Your Pet. When you pick up a bag of dog food from a retail store, it’s impossible to know the history behind the product you’re holding. You don’t know how long it’s been on the shelf, or how long it lingered in the storeroom before being placed on the shelf. You don’t know how long it was stowed in a shipping container, subjected to temperature extremes. You don’t know how long it was stockpiled in a distribution center prior to shipping. In fact, many mass-produced dog foods are stashed away in tractor trailers without any form of climate-control for weeks, even months. And, you have no idea if proper handling of bags and pest-control are priorities for the packaging centers and warehouses where the product is bagged and stored.