What You Need to Know About Dog Food
Some Healthy Dog Food Might Not Be So Healthy
There are a wide range of dog food brands on the market making it overwhelming for dog owners to select the best dog food for their pups. Dog owners want to feed their dogs the best food possible, however there is not easily accessible information on this topic. As a result, we often end up feeding our dogs food that isn’t so healthy for them. Pet nutrition is a specialised field and whilst our veterinarian’s have some great expertise and knowledge, not all have the nutrition background and recommend “premium” brands of kibble and follow buzz words on packaging that advertise “healthy options.” Unfortunately kibble and wet food are not the best and healthiest options for our dogs.
Did you know the pet food industry is not regulated and pet food labels only need to adhere to the bare minimum in nutritional guidelines? As a result, pet food companies are putting a wide range of potentially dangerous and unhealthy ingredients in their dog food. There was even a case of the drug being used to euthanize dogs being found in pet food!
Though this is not the case for every commercial pet food brand, even premium brands that advertise as being nutritious, are often unhealthy. For example, a premium kibble brand ingredient list might contain sweet potato, chicken, oats and so on. Sounds healthy right? Consider how perfectly formed each piece is and think of the process the healthy ingredients went through to get to those shapes. When making kibble, ingredients are heated at such a high level that they are essentially devoid of nutrients by the end of the process. That is why you will often see a list of ingredients you might struggle to pronounce at the end of your list of kibble. These are usually synthetic vitamins and minerals. Many of these synthetic vitamins and minerals your dog does not need-but also may not be able to process properly. This can lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies as the overall ingredients in your dog’s food are not providing adequate nutrition.
What most companies won’t tell you is the majority of these vitamins and minerals are found naturally in meats, seafood and fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, some vets will warn against serving dogs a home cooked diet as dogs need essential nutrients found in kibble. But let us ask you a question…do you eat the same thing every day, and do you eat processed foods every day?
The answer is likely no…and if you did, you would be deficient in vitamins and minerals too.
Let’s discuss grains and fillers. Only 10% of dogs need grains and these tend to be the larger high energy dogs, so when you see oats, rice, pasta or other colorless starchy carbs or refined grains you can assume these are unnecessary fillers for your dogs.
Dogs also require moisture in their diet to ensure they are hydrated, and water is essential for them. As humans, we have a recommended daily amount of eight glasses of water per day which varies based on our activity level, climate, etc. Though we regularly drink water we also rely on the moisture content of foods to supplement our hydration. However, moisture does not coincide with a long shelf life. That is why kibble goes through a drying process which removes the moisture content. So when our pups eat this food they are lacking in hydration and they are often not drinking enough water to compensate for the lack of moisture in their food-so this leaves them in a constant state of dehydration.
Finally, many believe that our dogs are not living as long as they should because of the food that we feed them. These foods that have added preservatives and are processed foods over a long period of time may harm our dog’s organs, just like processed food does to ours.
Puppy Gang Fresh Foods meals have been designed with a holistic veterinarian to provide the balance of nutrition your pups need across our 4 recipes. They are healthy ingredients, gently cooked and frozen to ensure the natural vitamins and minerals are preserved.
If you’d like to learn more about the correlation between processed foods and a shorter lifespan in dogs check out the following Ted Talk: