Being a pet owner I would never do anything to intentionally harm my dog, and I’m sure that you feel much the same. Not only would we not harm our dogs, but many of us consider them to be a part of the family. They share our lives, our homes and our hearts in a way that people who do not own pets could never imagine. It’s no surprise then that we have our dog’s best interest in heart in all parts of their lives.
We give them a comfortable and warm place to live and sleep, the exercise that they need, medical care when they need it and of course we feed them and keep them happy. Most of us have done some research on the dog food companies and what it is that they have to offer us for our fur friends, and they do tend to paint a rosy picture of their products. But are they really revealing the truth to you?
Would you ever feed your dog a diseased animal, or perhaps an animal that was killed along the road? Of course you wouldn’t, yet they are some of the things that dog food companies are putting into their dog foods. Not only are they putting these things in there but many are using hormone ingested animals as byproducts and sometimes even the euthanized carcases of dogs and cats from the pound.Feel free to find more information at Reuters.com.
Now I know that these are things you would never knowingly feed to your dog but yet that is the type of things that some of the dog food companies are feeding your pets, and there is nothing legally wrong with it. So the next time you are looking for information about dog food companies and what they offer make sure that you dig a little further below the surface to find out what they are really offering.
The next point is the fact that dog food is broken into single and multiple protein products. What this means is that a single protein is one form of meat. Multiple proteins (such as beef and turkey) would be considered to be two or more meats. Some feel that there is no sensible reason to give an animal a single-protein food. With multiple protein sources, the dog gets several different amino acids from each meat product. By running two proteins in tandem in a dog food, the right amino acid mix is easier to make. Furthermore, multiple proteins mean that less fillers are required, less fillers means less bulk on your animal, and an easier product to digest.
One of the arguments for grain within dog food is that a dog’s required amino acids can be achieved through various mixes and matches of meat and grain products. The argument is usually about the quality of the meat and grain products used. One shouldn’t forget that there is a slight protein ranking within grains such as corn, soy, and oats. There is a high percentage of dogs that have food allergies. Corn is such a common additive, that some feel its constant inclusion with dog food has made it a regular culprit for dog food allergies. Soy is another culprit. Some feel that the number of dogs with food allergies may be as high as twenty percent, others ground the figure somewhere well below ten percent. Whatever the case may be, dog food companies have created hundreds if not thousands of different foods for dogs that should meet your dog’s needs, even if he does have allergies. Obviously, a well balanced, meat-only diet would hit all of the required amino acid marks, and avoid potential grain allergies. Meat allergies however, are another reality that make the whole idea of dog food protein that much more complex.