Are you knowledgeable in dog food nutrition facts? If you are, then you know that dog food is a major dog health issue.
I’m not talking just about reading the ingredients listed on the dog food bag label. Dog food companies are supposed to follow the AAFCO definitions of ingredients in their food. But many of them do not. They list ingredients that sound better than they actually are.
Dog food should not include wheat gluten, corn gluten, corn meal, or soybean meal. These ingredients are sometimes used as a protein. But they are a very poor substiture.
Corn and wheat are difficult to digest and are common allergens.
Artificial food colorings are made from chemicals. Food is made to look like meat or vegetables and fresh fruits. This is done for the benefit of the dog owners and not the dog. These chemicals can be harmful to our pets.
Chemical preservatives are used in many dog foods. They can be harmful to the dog’s liver, kidneys, and other organs. A natural source of Vitamin E is Tocopherol. This is an excellent natural preservative.
By-products are common in many dog foods. This is another very poor protein source. I’ve seen advertisements by some pet food companies praising the fact that their food includes by-products. You’ve got to be kidding!
I have bought healthy dog food, treats, and supplements from the same company for over 7 years. The quality is excellent. Its products have never been recalled. My dogs have been eating the products for over 7 years and are extremely healthy.
Lacking any substantial nutrition in its ingredients, health problems from dog food include obesity, dental disease, urinary tract disease, kidney disease, heart disease, chronic digestive problems and hyperthroidism.
Many recalls on dog food have also been due to the presence of bacteria, mycotoxins (toxins from mold) and other residual chemicals. The most recent in 2007 is said to be the largest and is still ongoing. This recall was generated from a large number of pets experiencing renal failure. After many tests the additive wheat gluten (a sticky protein additive) in the tainted food was found to contain melamine which is believed to be causing the animals to become ill. Melamine is used in formica, fetilizer, as a fire retardant, in concrete, and as a colorant in inks and plastics.
This recall of 2007 alone generated a lot of mistrust and outrage from the public. Although the pet food industry is currently self regulated, there is a large demand for it to be regulated by the government.
Feeding your dog is so simple. Open a can mix it up a little and put it on the floor. It seems so harmless and yet it may be the worst thing you can do to your dog. Does your dog deserve better? Absolutely, and maybe it’s time to rethink how we feed our pets.
The entire article can be read here.
What do you think about dog food nutrition facts? Do you feel that dog food is as bad as the article by Ms. Smith suggests?