Feeding your dog is an activity you do on a daily basis. You might slip them some snacks every now and then, but the hard food they eat is the main source of their nutrition. While you might not have thought much about their food before, it is something you should look at now.
Most dog foods are made with ingredients that are really bad for dogs and can end up causing them a lot of health problems.
More and more people are starting to eat whole and all-natural foods because they are so much better for the body. Shouldn’t you be feeding your life-long friend the same good food each day? All-natural food is much better for dogs and is made with ingredients that will benefit them quite a bit.
What to Look for in Dog Food Brands
There are a lot of brands that are making this type of food now so there are a lot of options available. The things you should look for when purchasing dog food include:
Just because a dog food label says it’s all-natural and made with healthy ingredients doesn’t necessarily mean it is. The food could just have one natural ingredient amongst a variety of chemicals and grains. You have to read through the ingredients in dog food to find out what is really inside of it. This might sound like unnecessary work, but it is if you want to provide your dog with good health. The first ingredient you should see on the label is meat, like chicken. If the first ingredient is grain or a chemical, that is what the majority of the food is made out of.
The additives you should avoid include: phosphoric acid, propylene glycol, and glyceryl monostearate. These do everything from keep food fresh to add color and flavor to it. Most of the time these are unnecessary and just add more chemicals to the mix.
- Binders you should avoid are wheat gluten and corn gluten. Both of these are simply processed byproducts, which just bind the food together and provide no nutritional value.
- Carbohydrates to avoid include: feeding oatmeal, cereal food fines, brewers rice, maltodextrins, potato product, soy flour and grain fermentation solubles. These don’t add nutrition to the food; they just add carbohydrate value to it. Ideally, carbohydrates should be coming from whole vegetables instead of these processed ingredients.
- There are a lot of coloring agents that are commonly used in dog foods. These provide no nutritional value and should be avoided because they are not necessary. Coloring ingredients are artificial colors (red 40, yellow 5 & 6 and blue 2) and titanium dioxide.
- Fats to avoid include: lard, poultry fat, beef tallow, animal fat and vegetable oil. There is no control over how many of these fats are processed. Most of them are dangerous for pets and can cause health problems as a result. Many of them also do not provide the proper type of nutrition that fat should. Animal fat is especially dangerous because it can come from dead animals or any other source, which is extremely dangerous and increases contamination risk.
- Sources of fiber to avoid include: cellulose, corn bran, oat hulls, corn cellulose, peanut hulls, wheat will run, soybean mill run and rice hulls. These are inexpensive ingredients that are designed to be fillers and can include a lot of toxins inside them.
- Preservatives to avoid include: BHA, BHT, propyl gallate and ethoxyquin. These have been shown to cause digestive issues in pets and some are even human carcinogens. These are toxic and bad for dogs and basically just help keep food shelf stable.
- Protein sources to look out for include: blood meal, beef meal, chicken by-product meal, corn germ meal, fish meal and liver meal. These are made with random parts of chicken, fish or other animals and are protein fillers in most dog foods. Sometimes these aren’t even made of meat and can include feet, bones, and heads.
Why Should You Look Out For Ingredients in Dog Food?
Reading through the ingredients that are in the dog food you buy will ensure you are giving your pet something truly nutritious. Instead of filling them with a bunch of dangerous chemicals and toxins; you will be filling them with natural foods that are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Natural dog food might be more expensive, but that is due to the high nutritional food that is inside of it. These ingredients cost more to include, which is why the price is higher.