Nutritional Content Of Commercial Dog Foods

Nutritional Content Of Commercial Dog Foods



Did you​ know that most food that is​ fed to​ dogs today has extremely low nutritional content? if​ you​ feed your dog commercial dog food,​ you​ may be slowly killing your dog. Perhaps you​ think this is​ a​ little dramatic? Think again. if​ humans are fed a​ diet of​ unhealthy foods,​ they probably won't show any adverse signs for quite some time. But fed over many years,​ people will become sluggish,​ sick,​ and eventually die from degenerative diseases much earlier than they would otherwise pass from this life.

The same goes for dogs.

All commercial dog food which is​ extruded (cooked) at​ very high temperatures cannot be anything but bad for our dogs,​ whose natural diet in​ the​ wild is​ mainly fresh,​ raw meat. Even after dogs became domesticated,​ and then kept as​ pets,​ for decades they were fed home cooked food and table scraps,​ before anyone thought of​ commercialising dog food and selling cans of​ mush,​ or​ pieces of​ highly questionable biscuit-looking food called "kibble".

Dogs used to​ live longer than they do now.

Examine baked and kibbled foods for the​ presence of​ burned spots on​ the​ biscuits. the​ presence of​ large numbers of​ burned biscuits indicates that the​ food has been cooked at​ such high temperatures that the​ nutritients are likely to​ be almost non-existent.

On the​ other hand,​ if​ dry products are damp,​ soft or​ stale,​ it​ means that they have been improperly processed,​ become damp in​ transit,​ become damp during storage,​ or​ that they are old.

Dry products that become damp quickly deteriorate from the​ action of​ mold and eventually bacteria. Sometimes the​ only indication that mold is​ beginning to​ attack a​ dry food is​ the​ musty odor smelled when a​ bag is​ opened. at​ other times it​ may be seen as​ a​ white,​ hairy beard or​ a​ bluish-green or​ black velvety coating over the​ food. Any food found to​ be moldy should be destroyed immediately and never fed to​ dogs.

Does any of​ this sound like food you​ would eat yourself???

If not,​ then even though it's labelled as​ "dog food" and could possibly have some form of​ nutritional content (if you're lucky),​ why feed such substandard rubbish to​ your dog? it​ really can be harmful over the​ long term. Why else do you​ think so many dogs suffer from degenerative diseases like heart disease,​ cancer,​ kidney failure,​ and more? These diseases were previously unknown in​ companion animals. Now they're commonplace. And the​ increase in​ incidence of​ these degenerative diseases in​ dogs and other animals has occurred in​ direct proportion to​ the​ practise of​ giving pets raw food or​ table scraps,​ to​ giving them commercial pet food.

The answer?

Feed your dog a​ raw,​ or​ primarily raw,​ fresh food diet. the​ large part of​ the​ food should,​ of​ course,​ be meat. if​ you're not a​ fan of​ raw food,​ then by all means give your dog home cooked food,​ made from premium ingredients which you​ would use for your own food. of​ course,​ you​ can give your dog all the​ fat and offcuts from the​ meat that you​ don't want. Dogs need some fat (unlike us!)

And if​ you​ really need the​ convenience of​ a​ pre-prepared dog food,​ then go for a​ top quality dog food - NOT one of​ the​ commercial brands found on​ your supermarket,​ or​ even pet store shelves. Even many vets have no idea about correct animal nutrition,​ believe it​ or​ not,​ and promote commercial dog foods that are peddled to​ them as​ "premium" food,​ when they're nothing of​ the​ kind.

How do you​ know what a​ superior quality dog food is? Check for both the​ ingredients and the​ method of​ cooking. the​ ingredients should be primarily meat - not meat byproducts,​ a​ small proportion only of​ grains of​ all types,​ and preferably some fresh vegetables,​ fruit or​ herbs. as​ for the​ cooking method - the​ lower the​ heat,​ the​ better. Don't go for anything that has been extruded (which is​ most kibble),​ or​ canned at​ high temperatures. if​ the​ method of​ cooking is​ not stated,​ then make further enquiries of​ the​ manufacturer,​ or​ go for one that does state the​ cooking method - freeze dried or​ baked are acceptable.




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