Selecting Dog Food
First, if it is the grocery store or a big-box warehouse, even at the vet, it’s probably not the quality of dog food you want to give your dog.
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“Purina Dog Chow, lots of vets will promote it. AKC promotes it in their yearly show dog magazine. It may be the oldest dog food out there but it is one of the worst.”
First, if it is the grocery store or a big-box warehouse, even at the vet, it’s probably not the quality of dog food you want to give your dog. This is changing as you see better brands popping up at your local market, but you’re best to go to a pet store. The premium brands have fewer fillers, less poop. They are easier to digest. They have more expensive ingredients and better cuts of proteins and fats. They have essential nutrients that exceed the minimum required.
Purina Dog Chow, Beneful Kibbles and Bits, Iams, Ole Roys, and Pedigree should be avoided. If you run out of dog food it would be better to cook ground meat mixed with sweet potatoes or even rice than to feed your dog than these brands to your dog.
Purina Dog Chow, lots of vets will promote it. AKC promotes it in their yearly show dog magazine. It may be the oldest dog food out there but it is one of the worst. They use lots of low-quality fillers along with wheat, corn, and soy products. Fillers are used to replace natural proteins. Soy is very bad for humans and dogs alike. On top of the non nutritive ingredients, they use lots of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. This can lead to obesity, cancer and many more diseases. Best way to think of this is if you offer a kid veggies or M&M’s, most times the kids will take the candy, this is the same for this dog food and other low-quality dog food.
Beneful was caught using euthanized dogs/cats in pet foods. Yes shelters, even vets will sell the bodies of unwanted or diseased cats and dogs to rendering plants. These rendering plants also buy roadkill, dead livestock such as pigs, chickens, horses, cows, etc. Under Food and Drug Administration regulations, only about 50 percent of a cow can be sold for human consumption. The hide, bones, digestive system and its contents, brain, feces, udders, and various other undesirable parts are all leftover after a cow is slaughtered and butchered. The stuff that can’t even go into hotdogs gets consolidated and shipped to rendering plants. Then they shred and boil the bodies at high temperatures killing most bacteria. The fat is skimmed off the top and sold as animal fat to the pet food companies. The rest of these animals’ bodies are crushed, dried and sold as meat and bone meal. Manufactories will use roadkill, rejected or discarded meat tossed in a full package with plastic wrap and Styrofoam, zoo animals, and expired meats. poultry by-product, which consists of the leftovers unfit for human consumption, like feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs, and intestines; Steroids, insecticides, and growth hormones that are added can affect the way dogs develop and grow. Chemicals and parasites can lead to a variety of health issues like cancer.
Iams uses dried beet pulp as a sugar filler. Citric acid is also used as a preservative, which can cause tooth and digestive issues. Dental work is costly.
Not all dog foods are made the same. To avoid a potentially dangerous formula, it's important to examine the ingredients and packaging. This will ensure that the canine companion is getting the nutrition and protein they need.