Your 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.