Dog Food Ingredients Have Changed
How To Feed Your Dog Better
It used to be that you could count on dog food ingredients to be complete and wholesome… then the "generic" brands showed their ugly faces. And some of our most trusted brands felt they needed to drop their standards in order to be more competitive with their pricing.
Yes, it's true that you can save a lot of money by purchasing the generic brands, but be cautioned… the truth is on the label.
How To Read A Dog Food Label (Or What You Really Should Avoid)
Too often dry dog food contains ingredients that read as if they are from a science lab (which they are). As you may well suspect by now, these are not part of any natural dog food diet. With a simple dry dog food comparison you can feel good about the food you choose to feed your furry friend.
The first 5 ingredients pretty much tell the story of what's in the dog food. If a dog food label lists corn or any corn-based products first -- avoid it like the plague. That's because much of the corn that is used in commercial dog food is not really fit for dog consumption. Many manufacturers use corn that should have been discarded, because it's riddled with mold and just outright yucky.
Here are a few ingredients that can make us sick...
- Chemical additives
- Anything you cannot pronounce
- Protein sources that are not clearly identified - consider this "mystery meat" (really, would you eat it?)
What are BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), and should we be afraid of them?
These modern day chemical preservatives help to keep the dog food fresher longer on the shelf. Are they unhealthy?
No one really knows for certain, but would you put these chemicals in your own body?
It's important to know as you compare dog food ingredients that chemical additives, including ethoxyquin, have been blamed for many a dog's despair. Skin rashes, excessive itching, and even kidney and liver disease can be caused by these additives. It's best to avoid dog food that contains anything you can't pronounce.
There are a few commercial dry dog food brands that are guaranteed to be free of these specific chemical additives.
What's In The Bag?
The best dry dog foods will contain a minimum of 22% protein. Ideally, the protein will come from a true meat source.
Prime protein sources may be from identified meat sources such as poultry, lamb, beef, fish, soybeans, eggs, milk and milk products as well as yeast.
No more than 65% of the dog food ingredients should be attributed to carbohydrates. Dogs do need lots of carbs for adequate energy, however, carbohydrates for the sake of bulking up the dog food is unnecessary.
Most top dog food brands use well-cooked cereal grains as the primary source of carbohydrates in both canned dog food and dry.
Dogs naturally burn many more fat calories than people do, and a source of fat is necessary to keep your dog's skin and coat in top condition. Look for the label of ingredients to contain roughly 5% fat.
Healthiest Dog Food
However these is no substitute for a homemade dog food that has been prepared with our well being in mind. I might suggest that you begin with one of the simple recipes found in my Top 10 Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes (instant download) ebook below.
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