How to choose your Dog’s Food

Avoid expensive vet bills and prolong his life


The trend is moving forward for more wholesome and pure foods for man’s best friend.  Our dogs are such a huge part of our family nowadays that we want to treat them to the absolute best in food in the hopes of prolonging their lives and preventing expensive medical conditions.

We are on a search for the best foods for our beloved pets that will cause them to thrive for the sake of both our companions and prolonging our special relationship with them. 

Your dogs deserve the best food

Law Suits over Dangerous Dog Food

What are you feeding your dog?


We are starting to see pet owners file class action suits in court over bad ingredients found in certain dog food products from otherwise reliable manufacturers with a long history of pet food production.  These products with have names that elicited healthy connotations, instead they were causing kidney failure in thousands of dogs across the nation. Unfortunately, these dog food products still remain on the store shelves today.

Dog food legal issues

Healthy Claims Can be Meaningless

Regulation…what regulation?


Many of the dog food products available today claim to be healthy and natural but with little substance behind these claims.  Dog food manufacturers can basically claim whatever they want as there is very little regulation in regards to making such claims in the industry. Apparently our pets are not important enough for government organizations to better regulate the industry.

 Sad Looking Basset Hound

Ingredients for Healthy  Dogs

Very similar to good human food choices?


A large consensus of professionals and owners from forums and reviews across the internet, printed articles and our personal pet-lover network seem to agree that the ingredients that are loaded with nutrients, considered healthy and anti-inflammatory and widely considered optimal for other mammals are considered healthy for your dog.  

Products that contain lean, low fat fish, duck, chicken beef and eggs are the basis of protein for our carnivorous four-legged family member.  As far as grains, concentrate on quinoa and oats for optimal health benefits.  For vegetable and fruit content, look for peas, carrots and sweet potatoes as healthy, nutrient packed ingredients. If you want extra protection for your dog’s joints, then consider foods that contain glucosamine & chondroitin supplementation along with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and C for their anti-inflammatory effects.  If you want the ultimate protection for your pet, and can afford it, then certified organic is the way to go. 

 

 

 

Dog eating healthy foods

Ingredients to Avoid

What are by-products anyway?


Perhaps one of the most prevalent listed ingredients used by manufacturers is “by-products.”  What does this mean?  It would seem that this word gives manufacturers free license to put just about anything in their food.  We believe it should be avoided like the plague.  These are essentially unspecified, left-over animal proteins from potentially any part of an animal including potential hooves, feathers, beaks, feet, intestines, stomach, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone and virtually any other leftover parts of animal slaughterhouses.  Many of these organs and extremities may not be as pure and potentially contain more chemicals than the muscle meat of farm animals. 

While it’s important to note here that many humans in Asian, South American and other countries eat these animal parts on a regular basis, the choice weather to feed them to your dog may end up being entirely subjective and personal.  After all, one man’s throw-away protein may be another man’s delicacy.  Also, the protein content of many by-products may be higher than some muscle meat which may be a priority for some owners. 

Ultimately, from our point of view, because manufacturers can use by-products on the label to mean essentially anything, we prefer to stay clear of that term for our Fido food.

 

 

 

Bad food and additives for dogs

 

Additives to Avoid

Propylene glycol for your radiator not your dog?


Additives to be aware of and look out for on the label of your dog’s food product include BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole), a preservative and fat anti-rancidification agent, BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene), a derivative of phenol, propylene glycol, a key ingredient in antifreeze and sodium selenite, used in the manufacture of colorless glass.  These additives have been approved and used for years in human and dog food products. We must ask ourselves, given the high incidence of cancer and other degenerative diseases, do we want these ingredients included in our dogs food no less our own food. 

 

 Dog food additives

Plant Based Foods to Avoid

Wheat, soy, corn not good for my pup?


As far as plant products to avoid, wheat, soy corn, and beet pulp are generally considered unhealthy fillers as per our research.   Wheat nowadays is not the wheat of our ancestors.  It have been hybridized and genetically manipulated to such an extent as to cause it to be extremely gluten concentrated and lacking the nutrients of wheat of bygone days. Most corn is generally genetically modified, contains a high glycemic number and contributes to leaky gut syndrome. New research on soy brings to light a multitude of issues such as high pesticide content, a high naturally-occurring anti-nutrient content that inhibits enzymes needed for protein absorption.  Again, we must ask ourselves if we are going to avoid these ingredients for our dogs, then how much more we should be avoiding them for our own consumption. 

After the melamine dogfood recall and reported pet deaths of 2007, it became painfully obvious to avoid pet foods sourced from China.  The contamination appeared to be the result of purposeful manipulation of the food product in order to artificially boost the protein content.  For this reason we recommend avoiding pet foods from China.

Other ingredients to avoid in your pet’s dog food are any food products that contain persin. This is the fungicidal toxin that is naturally-occurring in avocados, grapes, onions and garlic.  While humans are not affected by these naturally-occurring toxins from the seeds of these plants, dogs and other pets are potentially harmed by consuming large quantities of this substance. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog foods to avoid