2014
07.28

Dog Food BrandsYour dog depends on you to make the right choice on what to feed them. You can feed your dog raw meat but you are not supposed to do it for a long time.

Many dog foods are actually very good and does contain a pretty decent and well balanced diet made from great quality meat like free-range chicken. But then again we do not really know what the dog food is actually made off.

There are a lot of buzz about dog food companies using 4D meat (dead, dying, diseased, and disabled) to cut down on cost and using chemical preservatives like BHA, BHT (known to cause liver and kidney problems) and Propylene glycol (causes the destruction of red blood cells) as well as coloring, drying and flavoring agents to trick the dogs to eating it.

But there are also some companies that do take the chance of increasing their products prices, risking a smaller customer base, as long as they stay true to the quality of their product.

Acana dog food is a brand manufactured by a company called Champion Pet Foods whom also happen to produce Orijen dog and puppy foods. They boast themselves as organic dog food manufacturers that still believe in the natural freshness of organic foods.

Dogswell, LLC have brands like Happy Hips, Shape Up, Nutrisca, and Vitality. Happy Hips has high levels of glucosamine and chondroitin that makes it ideal for dogs suffering from some sort of joint problems.

But if you are already giving supplements plan or have a specially designed diet to address the condition, then it might not be totally necessary. Nutrisca is specifically designed for dogs that are sensitive to specific allergens like potatoes and grains.

Vitality and Shape Up are for dogs that are overweight and needs to slim down a bit.

Blue Buffalo is another notable company that has one of the best lines of cat and dog foods. They carry names like healthy Weight, Wilderness and Longevity. Blue Buffalo provides a well-balanced diet with no preservatives and fillers.

Their brands contain up to 37% protein sources from deboned chicken, turkey, lamb and beef. They also include small amounts of natural vegetables and fruits like sweet potatoes and cranberries while some contains oatmeal.

Now about the companies that have been responsible for less than satisfactory products despite their well established names, the list includes 9 Lives, Gravy Train, Amore, Kibbles-n-Bits, Nature’s Recipe, Purina One, Alpo, Friskies, Fancy Feast, Mighty Dog, Eukanuba, Iams and even Pedigree.

These companies have been observed to include ethoxyquin as well as texturizers and the previously mentioned additives to trick our pets to thinking that they are eating real and natural products, although 4D’s is not even the worst bit of it all.

Most of the time, when cattle, chicken, swine and lamb are slaughtered for human consumption, the meat are stripped of and the remainder are sent to processing plants and gets mixed for dog food production.

This means that chicken feet, lungs, ligaments, intestines and even euthanized dogs and cats end up in our pets’ bowl.  Unfortunately, as bad as all these sound, it seems that all these are not illegal.

Well, the bright side is that we know that there are still companies that are willing to risk bumping their products prices a bit higher to make sure that they produce great quality dog food from human-grade ingredients.

2014
07.26

Dry Dog FoodDry food consist at least 60% of your dog’s diet. It is a convenient way to provide your dog a balanced and nutritious diet. But there are many things that you need to consider when choosing what is the best dry food for your dog. There are also times that your dog will need a specialized diet plan but in general, here are a few things to make sure that you are choosing the best dog food for your furry friend.

It Should Be Meat Based

Most dry dog food will have meat in their ingredients but make sure that you see meat in most of its ingredient list. Dogs are omnivores but tend to consume more meat in their natural diet so their dry food should be predominantly made from meat. Make sure that you don’t see any grain or wheat items like corn.

Having a meat based diet ensures that protein consists most of the dog food. Dogs need a lot of protein so make sure that what you are giving Buster is loaded with prime protein sources. Make sure that the food is at the very least 50% meat sourced and no fillers.

Say “No” to Chemical Preservatives

Preservatives are used to keep the dog food last longer and be edible. Chemical preservatives can contain cancer-causing elements and other health concerns for your dogs. Avoid any dog food that has BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. Go for the ones that use Vitamins C or E as preservatives because they do the same thing but a lot safer for your dogs.

Most premium brands use Vitamins C and E as preservatives so it would be better to go for those. They cost a bit higher but ensure better health for your dog. But this is not a blanket rule. Always read the labels and ingredients to know what you are dealing with.

Go Holistic and Human-Grade

Holistic foods are 100% natural and therefore a lot more nutritious and contain human-grade ingredients. Natural foods have a lot better balance of nutrition that completely processed ones. Human-grade foods are by definition good enough for human consumption. This one is quite simple. If you are not willing to eat it, then don’t feed it to your dog.

But there are certain things that you should never feed your dog like chocolates, grapes, raisins, onions and white flour. Not all human food is good for dogs so but as far as proteins are concern, you should be good.

These are just some things that will ensure you that you pick the best possible dog food for your pet. They depend on you to make the right choice much like a child depends on his or her parent to feed them what they need. Do not go all cheap-o on your dog’s nutrition.

Though not all expensive dog foods are great, most of the healthiest dog food tends to cost a bit more. Always read the labels and ingredients and make sure that the dog food is sources from proper protein sources to make sure that your dog’s health will always be tip top.

2014
07.26

Organic Food for Dogs?Organic refers to how foods are grown, harvested and processed. This is a term that has become popular lately and is usually synonymous to healthy. Organic food is indeed very healthy for humans but does that automatically relate to safety for dogs as well?

The truth of the matter is, there is no regulatory body that checks and makes sure that all dog food that is so called “organic”, are safe. As with many things, humans think that if it works for them, then it should work for the dog too. We all know now that that is not always the case.

Organic usually means natural and natural is always better than processed. This is the logic that most of us have but then again, even “organic” food is processed in some way.

So, are organic foods really the best for dogs? Let’s look at a few of essential organic dog food types and let’s see if there is really merit in the organic food movement.

Organic dog foods are basically human-grade foods that are formulated for animals. A research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology talked about acids usually used in processing dog food and their toxicity and tendencies to cause chronic health problems.

Organic raw meat is usually consisting of beef or free-range chicken that are both very healthy and contains high protein and fat levels that dog need.

Many veterinarians advise against feeding dogs raw meat on extended amount of time because the high level of protein and fats might offset a balanced diet.

Organic vegetables are popular from improving digestion because of their relatively high levels of fiber to lowering cholesterol. The trick with using organic vegetables is balancing its nutrients with that provided by their meat-based diets.

Natural treats like dried foods are another form of organic food for dogs. Some examples of these are dried pig ears which are dried naturally and do not contain any preservatives.

Another example is organic liver treats that are popular because it is well-known to combat toxins.

There are also natural or organic supplements like natural oils. Dogs need these kind of supplements for their shiny coat and for regulating metabolism.

You will need to look around though because retailers tend to put a premium on pretty much anything that has the label “organic” in it.

The term organic is more or less a term that suggests that the product is healthier than processed products. This is almost like a fad that trickles down from man’s pre-occupation to healthy living.

Pet food producers are exploiting man’s preference to go “organic” by producing what is supposed to be organic dog products. At the end of the day, the idea is pretty simple, the less that a product is processed, the more organic it is and thus healthier.

Unfortunately there is no governing or regulatory body to evaluate the merit of such claims. Are organic foods healthier? It is for man but for animals, there just is not enough studies to back this claim up.