Your dogs diet! There are numerous different dog foods out there. I want to try and help you dog lovers clear up the air on your dogs diet. Since October, I have been on several in-home consultations, evaluations and puppy lessons and with an alarming rate over 90% of owners do not understand what type of food they are actually giving their pup/dog. I am here to explain this to you the best I can, and I hope that you run out to your bag of dog food and read what I am talking about here and compare it for yourself. If after this you switch food because of this, then please let me know if this helps. Also, if you do switch dog food, please make sure that you switch your dogs food over to your new food the right way and what ever is left over please donate to your animal shelter or rescue to help them keep those dogs alive until they get adopted or rescued. Switching dog food needs to be done in increments. Start of with 75% old food and 25% new for a few days, then 50/50 the 75 new/25 old. This can take time and you will know if you are OK or not by the poops your dogs are having. To loose of a stool means too much new food so throttle back. It can take weeks to get your pup switched over 100% to a new food
Dog food ingredients work like this. The first ingredient is the most ingredients in the bag. The second ingredient is the second most ingredients in the bag and so on and so on.
ANYTHING that includes the following ingredients (highlighted in red) is just not healthy for your dog, because they are simply just fillers like corn and corn meal. It does not give any good health benefits to your dog. By-products and meal is basically table scraps and stuff that falls off the conveyor belt or is not used in the human world like chicken lips, hoofs, chicken heads, tails, etc. These ingredients also do the same thing to us when we eat things like corn on the cob and can cause pterodactyl poops from your dog in your yard because the lack of proper digestion. Because they get the lack of nutrition, they usually tend to eat the fecal matter to try and get more nutrition and protein out of recycling.
By switching foods, you save money, give your dog a better life and he/she will leave you smaller gifts in your backyard to clean up. Most of all, it will increase and better your chances that your dog no longer needs or wants to recycle its fecal matter in order to get more nutrition and protein.
Here is a sample of more bad dog food. Remember red words mean BAD ingredients.
Alpo- 1 star out of a 5 star rating
Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, meat and bone meal (source of pork flavor), soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E), egg and chicken flavor, corn gluten meal, animal digest, salt, dried peas, potassium chloride, natural steak flavor, natural grill flavor, choline chloride, added color (red 40, yellow 5, blue 2)
The first and second ingredient in this dog food is corn. It is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.
Pedigree- 1 star out of 5
Ingredients: Ground whole corn, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, meat and bone meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), chicken, brewers rice, peas, dried plain beet pulp, ground whole wheat, natural flavor, salt, potassium chloride, vegetable oil ([source of linoleic acid] preserved with BHA/BHT)
Rumor is for some reason Veterinarians offer a food product called Science Diet. Why? Well, rumor says that for every bag that is sold a certain percentage goes back to support Vet schools. Like kickbacks? This is why you see Science diet in most Vet offices. But lets look at the ingredients of this food and then ask yourself. Why would my Vet tell me to give my dog this type of food? Is he not supposed to be looking out for the best interest of my dog?
Well, lets see. According to www.dogfoodadvisor.com they give it a 2 out of 5 star rating and the ingredients are the following (items in red are bad): Chicken meal, whole grain wheat, whole grain sorghum, brewers rice, brown rice, whole grain corn, pork fat, chicken liver flavor (not even actual liver), soybean oil, corn gluten meal, cracked pearled barley, dried beet pulp, dried peas.
So, why do they want your dog to eat this?
Now let us look at some of the better foods. Before we start, I want to point out what I said before. Anything that has meal in it is considered bad, HOWEVER! Exception to the rule when it comes to lamb meal.
Wikipedia says Lamb meal is a popular ingredient in dog food. It is the dry rendered part from mammal tissues, specially prepared for feeding purposes by tanking under live steam or dry rendering. Though the meat has been cooked, dried, and ground, it is still meat, and has not had any blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach or rumen contents added to it.
Nutro natural choice lamb and rice- 4.5 stars out of 5
Ingredients: Lamb, Lamb meal, whole brown rice, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole grain oatmeal, pea protein, natural flavor, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), soybean oil
Do your research, because it can make all the difference in the world to have a happier and healthier dog. I buy the Nutro Natural Choice for my 85lb German Shepard and he gets 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups in the evening on a 30lb bag and lasts for about a month for $50. I rather spend a little more to make sure my K9 is healthier and happier in the long run and his fecal matter is very minimal as well. Everybody is happy, happy, happy.