How do you purchase the food for your dog? Do you feed your pet healthy dog food? Or do you look for a cheaper brand?
There are some ingredients that you must absolutely avoid in buying your dog’s food.
These include any wheat product such as wheat gluten or middlings, corn gluten or corn meal, or soybean meal. All of these ingredients are used as a poor substitute for protein.
Wheat and corn are used as fillers. They are also very hard to digest by our pets. Corn, wheat, and soybeans are common pet allergens and should be avoided.
Artificial food coloring is in many foods.
It is used in an attempt to make the food look like fresh meat or fresh fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, the colorings are made from chemicals. Scientific studies have shown that artificial colorings make hyperactive children more hyperactive. These chemicals will impact our pets in the same way.
Chemical preservatives are widely used in pet foods.
BHT, Butylated hydroxytoleuene (BHT), also known as Butythydroxytoluene and BHA, Butylated hydroxyanisole and Ethoxyquin are used as artificial preservatives to keep the food from spoiling.
These unnatural chemicals should be avoided in our pet’s food. Scientific studies show that they can cause serious damage to their kidneys, their liver, and other parts of their bodies.
Tocopherol is a natural source of vitamin E. Good dog food should use this ingredient as a natural preservative.
Many pet food manufacturers put by-products in their food.
Why do they do that? Is it because these by-products provide such good nutritional value? I don’t think so.
By-products are a great way to keep costs down and put more profits into the pockets of the large companies that manufacture the food. They provide a very low-quality protein for our pets. Instead, chicken, chicken meal, lamb, fish, and fish meal should be the major source of protein for our pets.
These by-products are considered “not fit for human consumption.” They include necks, beaks, intestines, heads, lungs, ligaments, brains, feet, and more.
This post has discussed some of the ingredients that should absolutely be avoided if you truly want to feed a healthy dog food to your beloved pet. The next post lays out some additional ingredients that need to be avoided. It also gives you the good news of a healthy dog food alternative.