DO YOUR “INGREDIENTS” HOMEWORK!
Feeding your pet a low quality diet has been linked to common ailments such as skin allergies, chronic gas, hot spots, skin and ear infections, food allergies, kidney damage, tumors and cancers (from certain preservatives), liver disease and others. Animal protein should make up the majority of your pet’s food. Dogs are omnivores with an undeniable carnivorous bias…meaning their genetic link to wolves makes them obvious carnivores but to be fair… and more accurate… dogs must also be recognized for their significant omnivorous ability. Do not ignore the fact their bodies are optimized for eating meat; therefore the carbohydrate content of their diet should be at a minimum.
In many of the commercial brand foods, carbohydrate levels exceed digestible protein and can compromise your pet’s health… most specifically by significant weight gain, digestive issues and allergies. What these commercial food companies don’t want you to know is that you will need to feed your pet larger amounts…partly because so much of it is non-digestible and also because additional amounts are required to meet your pets nutritional needs. This typically results in more stored fat (weight gain) and excess waste (poop). Additionally because of the lack of specific enzymes, a carnivore’s carbohydrate digestion is decidedly more difficult which will often explain those upset tummies. Simply put…the dogs digestive system is overworked and tapped out trying to digest non-digestible ingredients.
The word “Natural” is very over used and misleading in today’s marketing. For most categories of products there is no legal definition for “natural”. In pet products AFFCO guidelines allow companies to use the term “natural” as long as the ingredients are derived from natural sources. For example…corn is a natural product…chicken is a natural product. However in many cases all major nutrients are extracted either mechanically or chemically, leaving “by-products” which are still considered to be “natural”. These are not ingredients you want to feed your pet so be aware.
NATURAL VS. CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVES AND ADDITIVES…
There are chemical and natural preservatives. It is a fact that certain chemical preservatives are known to cause cancer and organ damage. The chemical preservative and additive list is extensive and can be overwhelming while the natural preservatives are limited to just a few.
Chemical Preservatives Natural Preservatives
- BHA – Linked to organ damage
- BHT – Linked to organ damage
- Bone Phoshate
- Glyceryl Monostearate
- Ethoxyquin – Known carcinogen
- Propylene Glycol – Huge allergen; This is the chemical used in anti-freeze!
- Parabens – Benzylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben…etc
- Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite
- Phosphoric Acid
- Coloring: Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6
- And More!
- Mixed Tocopherols
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Citric Acid
Corn Syrup – A good rule of thumb is “the softer the treat or food the more sugar it contains”. Commercial products have to disguise inferior ingredients with additives like corn syrup, which is pure sugar, so the food is more palatable to the pet. This leads nowhere but to “PICKY EATERS”. They become junk food addicts and unfortunately the sugar is not just adding unnecessary calories but sugar in excess is very harmful in the long run to your pet.
Corn Meal Gluten – This is a By- Product that provides no nutritional value and is essentially glue that holds the food together. Healthier alternatives are chickpea, tapioca, sweet potato or pea starch.