What are we feeding our pet??
In a world of Dog food recalls we all have to wonder, "What dog food is best for our dogs?" I have included the following information to help everyone make educated decisions on their pets nutrition.
I fell into the dog food dilemma and after much research found that feeding my dogs a holistic diet was better for my dogs health and saved me money. I want what is best for my dogs but I also want to be reasonable about the expense involved. I don't eat filet mignon every night so obviously my dogs cant either.
I think you will find the following information very helpful
How to read dog food labels
Definition of commercial dog food ingredients?
Finally, the quality of this grain is suspect.
The good grain is reserved for the human market.
What goes into the pet food bin is deemed unfit for human
consumption. Mold, rancidity, contaminants
grain included in a lot of commercial pet food is not whole grain, but grains not considered
fit for human consumption, the sweepings from farm silos. It can include
disinfectants, metals and fungus. Grains that are condemned for human
consumption by the USDA due to chemical residue may legally be used,
without limitation, in pet food.
The "by-products" -- a catch-all term, made up mainly of parts of the animal that are left over after the meat is removed for human consumption. These parts include: intestines, feet, heads, etc., which are ground together and rendered.
Chicken by-products are cheap and generally less digestible than the muscle meat we eat.
Another source of meat that isn't mentioned on pet food labels is pet byproducts, the bodies of dogs and cats. In 1990 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that euthanized companion animals were found in pet foods. Although pet food company executives and the National Renderers Association vehemently denied the report, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the FDA confirmed the story. The pets serve a viable purpose by providing foodstuff for the animal feed chain, said Lea McGovern, chief of the FDA's animal feed safety branch. Because of the sheer volume of animals rendered and the similarity in protein content between poultry byproducts and processed dogs and cats, rendering plant workers say it would be impossible for purchasers to know the exact contents of what they buy. In fact, Sacramento Rendering cited by inspectors five times in the past two years for product-labeling violations.
Animal Fat:Animal fat is made up of The "5D" meat that didn't make the cut for the human market, which means it came from livestock that was drugged, diseased, disabled, dying, or already dead when it arrived at the slaughterhouse.
THE GREASY FAT
"The relish with which a dog eats doesn't indicate whether
something is "good" for him."
THE CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVES
Preservatives are used in artificial diets so the bags and cans last longer. That's convenient for the manufacturer, yes, who can leave it sitting in his warehouse for a long time. Convenient for the retailer who can leave it sitting on his shelf for a long time. Convenient for the owner who can dish it out for a long time. Many Holistic diets do not have a long shelf life or are vacuum packed for this reason.
The most common pet food preservatives are:
These chemicals are all banned in Europe.
In Many cases the food is the cause of these and so many more deadly ailments over the life of our pets.
The best dog foods:
Some quality dog foods to chose from are:
HOLISTIC DOG FOODS ARE BETTER
Holistic food expense:
Some of you may be saying, "This food is much more expensive." What the majority of pet owners fail to understand is that by feeding an all natural & holistic food to their dog they will actually be saving money in the long run. You feed much less food (20% to 40%) You feed less because the food is all natural with no fillers and by-products.
Second, there are enormous savings to be made by not having all those vet visits and harmful medications to fix your pets' allergies (the #1 reason why pets are seen in the vet's office) and immune disorders (which can lead to chronic and serious conditions that require careful treatment.)
YOUR PET WILL LIVE A HEALTHIER LONGER LIFE!!!
I have had many emails about feeding home prepared diets and have decided to address this here. I believe a home-prepared diet is probably the best way to go as long as your pet is getting all the required vitamins it needs. I strongly caution anyone who is considering this option to do a lot of research and ask a veterinarian. I found a link that might be helpful to anyone considering this path, click below.
At this time Tian Mi feeds Wellness small breed & Merrick Wilderness blend. After trying several diets these are the ones our dogs seem to respond to the best. Some day when I retire and my homeschooled children leave the nest I will have more time to feed a Home-prepared diet. Until then, these suit our needs.