Good Health for Dogs – What’s in Your Dog Food?

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What is your dog’s nutritional requirement? What are you feeding your dog? Does this food satisfy your dogs requirement? These are some factors that should be first considered in buying your dog food. The first step is to determine what your dog needs then you should also know what is in the dog food and what will it give your dog. Not all dog food ingredients are useful and good to him. In order to increase the bulk, others even use ingredients that are harmful for your dog. So how would you know if the dog food you’re holding is good for your dog? I will give you a list of some dog food ingredients.

  • Animal meat – the clean fresh meat of a slaughtered animal.
  • Animal by-product – Any by-product means that it comes from a slaughtered or euthanized animal that is not good for human consumption. It may not be good in the sense that since it is euthanized, it can contain many chemicals that can be detrimental for your dog.
  • Animal meal – is also the same as by product but this one has been processed. It could be boiled down, pulverized and was renamed as meal for animals.
  • Artificial colourings, sweeteners and flavorants – These are the substances that makes the food appealing to your dog. They mask the smell and the true form of your dog’s food. Since these substances are not regulated, some of the stuffs that are use maybe harmful for your pet.
  • Vitamin C – is the vitamin that is useful for normal metabolism.
  • Biotin – an essential substance for growth and health of your pet.
  • Yeast – This can cause allergic reaction to dogs.
  • Corn bran – acts as an extender. Dogs will have a problem digesting this so it is not advisable to feed them large amounts of this substance.
  • Copper – a trace mineral that enhances the absorption of iron.
  • Peas and carrots – gives your dogs vitamins and minerals. It can also add flavour to your dog’s food.
  • Gingko Biloba – It can be very useful for the older dogs because it improves blood flow which helps mental and memory functions.
  • Probiotics – these are the heat-sensitive members of our normal flora. They can help the body digest foods.
  • Sodium Bentonite – this is used as a binder for dog foods. It is said that this substance aids in the animal’s digestive system.
  • Corn gluten – the residue from corn. This contains minute ampunts of protein however, it can cause allergic reactions to dogs.
  • Rice Gluten – the dried residue from rice. For dogs that are allergic from corn gluten, this can be used as an alternative.

Preservatives in dog food

BHA/BHT, or Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) are chemical preservatives that is use to keep fats away from rancidity. This can result to dry skin, dental disease, kidney and liver destruction.

Ethoxyquin – Many suspect that this can cause cause cancer, liver, kidney and thyroid dysfunctions, reproductive failure. However there still no evidence found that this is true.

Tocopherols – Since they are natural, these preservatives are more advisable to use than other chemical preservatives. However, they have shorter shelf life.

It is important to note that some manufacturers practice splitting, they cover up other ingredients by dividing the content into categories, making it a smaller quantity, so they can list the meat first. This will make it seem that the dog foods contain many protein. Also, take note of the by-products as they can be very harmful for your dog.

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Source by Sarah Grace V. Villaflor

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