Is Commercial Food Good Enough for Your Dog?
Commercial dog food has been consumed for 100 years and probably it is what your dog eats now. But do you know these commercial foods don’t include essential ingredients such as organ meat, or other grain and animal by-products? You might be shocked by what commercial pet food made of. Many commercial pet foods include by-products like hair, tissue, feathers, and other animal parts deemed non-consumable for humans. Many commercial dog foods are also spayed with added fat to make the kibble more palatable for our pets. No wonder our dogs are now overweight.
Many commercial pet foods are loaded with additives and unlisted preservatives that extend shelf life and keep fat from going rancid. Common preservatives include BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin. All of these can cause serious health issues in our pets. Unhealthy additives like food coloring, sweeteners, texturizers, and fats are often used to make the food more appealing to dogs and enhance taste and appearance. By law, however, not all preservatives have to be listed on the label, such as the ones added by companies supplying the raw ingredients to the food manufacturers.
The dirty little secret of the pet food industry is that a significant amount of the by-products come from animals that are categorized as dead, dying, diseased, or disabled at slaughter. Slaughterhouses will sell what they can’t sell for human consumption to pet food companies to use in pet food, and the pet food companies label this as simply by-product.”
Although there are many commercial dog foods are getting healthier on their recipes, given the lack of regulation in the pet food industry, this can be hard to pick the best solution among them all, since pet food companies are not required to be nearly as transparent with the ingredients as they should be.
So what kind of food should your dog eat?
It sounds like there will be a lot of works. But it is really not. Here is a chart of what ingredients your dog should take daily. Pick your favorite one at each category and mix them up.
Extras include yogurt, wheat germ, flaxseed meal, oils, pumpkin, apple cider vinegar, and cottage cheese. Anchovies, mackerel, and sardines are considered extras for recipes in the raw recipes.
Inspired by Christine M. Filardi