Dog Food - Don't Serve Any Dog Food Until You Read This
By Michael Lee
Is there even such a thing as
the best dog food anymore? If you find yourself
wondering about that, you are not alone. In light of recent
events and exposés in the controversial pet food industry,
you can hardly be blamed for asking. But fear not; read on to
find out more about choosing the best dog food
for your best buddy.
First of all, keep in mind that
it isn't just humans who have a right to fresh food. All living
creatures have just as much claim to it; and in fact, dogs have
thrived for centuries on natural food-until pet food came along.
Back in the 1930s, cereal companies
and meat industries came up with the idea to combine their rejected
products and sell them off to the unsuspecting public for added
profit. These rejects were moldy grains and diseased offal,
respectively, deemed unfit for human consumption by the US Department
of Agriculture, but which these companies decided to pass off
as 'pet food' anyway.
Of all the world's consumables,
pet food is perhaps the most unnatural. If you take the time
to stop and read the list of ingredients printed on their labels,
you'd be shocked. Most of it doesn't even sound like food. And
if you knew what it is that's actually in your dog's diet that
you feed him unknowingly, you would no doubt be sickened.
Oftentimes, dog food labels are deliberately
misleading. The term 'meat by-products' is generic and may not only
include poultry and farm animals but may very well encompass wild
zoo animals, diseased carcasses, and even euthanized cats and dogs!
And by saying 'by-products,' it means
all of the healthy consumable meat has already been stripped off
for human use, so that what your dog actually gets are bones, blood,
feathers, pus, and who knows what other unmentionable body parts
The best solution for this is to
simply stop buying into this atrocious excuse for pet food and start
cooking homemade recipes for your canine loved one. But not everyone
has the time and means to do so.
Fortunately, there's a handful of
quality dog food out there that's slowly gaining popularity thanks
to the recent mass pet food recalls that's gotten every pet lover
paranoid. They're a bit pricier than the low-quality kind, but they
last longer as dogs eat more of the cheaper brands in one sitting.
So you end up saving more in the long run, and that includes veterinary
bills for treatments since your pet stays healthy and happy.
You can tell which is the best
dog food for your pet by looking at the first two or three
ingredients listed on the label. At the top of the list should be
a specific type of meat, since dogs need protein more than any other
nutrient. Meat meal is even better. This means that the water has
been removed from the meat and what you are left with is a more
concentrated protein source. Look for ingredients like chicken,
chicken meal, turkey, turkey meal, lamb, lamb meal, fish, or fish
meal. Eggs are also an excellent source of protein. Again, do not
fall for 'meat by-products,' 'poultry by-products,' or 'fish by-products'
as you never know exactly what these by-products are.
Secondary to protein, dogs need carbohydrates.
Look for easily digestible grains like rice, or other sources such
as potatoes. Avoid dog food that lists corn, soy, wheat, or gluten
as the number one ingredient as most dogs are allergic and can have
digestive problems once these grains are ingested.
The best dog food
uses only wholesome ingredients, uses natural preservatives like
vitamins C and E (ascorbate and tocopherols) instead of the carcinogenic
chemicals BHT/BHA and Ethoxyquin, and needs no artificial colors
or flavors to make it palatable. Indeed, if the ingredients seem
good enough for you to eat, then you can be sure your dog will appreciate
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