Dog Food Nutrition - Dog and cat food owners have become more educated in analyzing the ingredients in dog and cat food.
We all remember the pet food contamination and recalls that occurred because of toxic ingredients and additives in the food. This resulted in the death of many of our beloved pets.
Despite this scare, there are still very poor quality, chemical loaded foods out there. Foods lacking in good nutrition are generally found in local grocery stores.
Pet specialty stores can sometimes carry food that is higher quality. But, many times, that food is several months old before being purchased by the consumer. By that time, the nutritional value of the food has been depleted.
The pet food recalls have changed the way we select our pets’ food. A high quality, healthy dog food or cat food is critical to our pet’s health, longevity, and happiness.
An important consideration in selecting a healthy dog food is determining if the food is suitable for human consumption. If it is not, I don’t recommend that you buy it. Why would you feed you pet something that we would never eat or even taste.
I read an interesting article on the topic of dog food nutrition. It is entitled “Is your Dog Malnourished?” The article is written by A.M. Wilmot.
Here is a short quote from the article:
Renowned holistic veternarian Dr. Jane Bicks says that when looking at dog food, one should be be weary of dyes, chemicals and artificial preservatives as much as possible. For example, BHA … one of the most common synthetic antioxidant preservatives mainly used to prevent food discoloration and rancidity … has been found in scientific studies to cause stomach cancer in lab rats at certain doses. In lesser doses, the preservative doesn’t have a cancerous effect but there is no telling what BHA can do to the body in small doses over a long period of time.
Dr. Jane states that the maximum life span of dogs is estimated to be between 25 to 30 years, but the average dog often lives no longer than 13 to 14 years.
And she says that this difference is caused primarily by inadequate nourishment.
She also states that protein is a critical part of a dog’s natural development so pet owners should look for foods which have whole ingredients like meat, eggs, fish and dairy as opposed to byproducts.
The entire article can be read here.
The author makes some good points. I have heard this before that dogs have the potential of living far longer than they actually do. The reason they don’t is dog food nutrition.
Why don’t we provide the very best dog food nutrition through healthy dog food? Why not consider a dog food that is reasonably priced, fresh, and provides the best dog food nutrition.
I leave that answer up to you. I welcome any comments you may have.