How Hidden Ingredients Are Making Your Dog Sick
Have you ever wondered the difference between grocery store pet food and those premium pet food brands? After all, the latter can cost 4 times some of what grocery store brands charge.
Is it worth it?
In the next few minutes, we’ll look at the link between your pet’s food and their health and you’ll discover what to avoid feeding your dog. Because after all, you don’t want to feed your pet anything that could make them sick.
Yet, feeding pet food that makes them sick – by accident of course – is what happens every time there’s a pet food recall.
You may remember the recall of 2007. Thousands of pets experienced renal failure because of contaminated ingredients in their food. Many of those pets didn’t survive. When authorities (and pet parents) took a closer look at the pet food, they discovered that the food was contaminated.
Those contaminated ingredients included wheat gluten, and melamine which is a chemical used in plastic product. Melamine also happens to mimic protein in its chemical makeup. Was it used on purpose?
In all, some 5600 pet foods were recalled and hundreds – if not thousands – of pets were taken ill and some died.
Can you imagine? If your pet was involved, then yes, you can. That scare opened the eyes of many pet parents and whom started looking around for alternatives.
You’re smart enough to know that in many commercial foods, it’s no secret that many commercial foods for both humans and pets lack nutritional value. You also know it’s not possible to feel your best on a diet of fillers and empty calories.
In a minute, you’ll find out how a well-balanced diet helps your dog feel his best (and what that looks like.) You’ll also find out how single ingredient treats can help meet your pet’s nutritional needs.
Before we get into that, let’s look at the problem with most grocery store pet foods.
The Problem with Low-Quality Supermarket Pet Foods
Grocery stores carry some of the biggest brands of pet food. There’s a whole science (and a lot of money) behind where which brand appears on the shelves. For example, companies pay loads of money to be at eye level. Why? Because they’ve found that most people will buy the pet food that’s easiest to see.
Another tricky thing is the lack of choice. You may see 8-15 different brands depending on the size of the store but the same two parent companies may own all of these brands.
Why does this matter? In some cases, they got into the commercial dog food manufacturing world decades ago and they follow old-school practices to keep prices low.
That means sweepings from slaughterhouses and processing floors are fair game. Beaks, feathers, even diseased animal parts are not uncommon. Fillers like corn, wheat, and soy may make up the bulk of the food.
In other words, there is little nutritional value in these low-quality foods. It’s kind of the nutritional equivalent of eating candy for every meal.
Why do manufacturers do this? It’s a simple matter of economics. See, commercial dog food came about due to the appearance of packaged human food a little more than a hundred years ago. Before that, people ate what they grew or traded for.
The appearance of packaged food was a huge convenience for people. But it wasn’t long before food processors realized they had waste left over and they wanted another way to use it. When commercial dog food first appeared, it was convenient for the humans. But for the manufacturers, it was mostly an effort to profit off of the waste the slaughterhouses produced when they processed meat for human consumption.
Over the years, food and packaging costs rose, manufacturers wanted to increase their revenues and people wanted to pay less. Ultimately, that led to fillers in the food and cheaper ingredients. This still exists today in some brands.
When you think of it, it’s no wonder our pets gain weight and have health issues. Diabetes, cancer, allergies, all of these are on the rise in our pets and some – maybe all – of it stems from the food they eat.
It’s possible that some pets have never enjoyed a balanced diet.
The Importance of a Balanced Diet
Just like people, every dog benefits from eating a balanced diet. That means protein, carbohydrates and a little good fat in the right proportions.
What’s the right proportion? It depends on your dog’s size, age and activity level. However, most dogs need a lot of fats, protein, and a little bit of vegetables and carbohydrates.
If you think about it, eating protein and fats makes a lot of sense. If dogs are the descendants of wolves, of course their bodies are designed for animal fat and protein.
And it needs to be high quality protein too – think real meat, not unnamed protein sources you’ll see on the labels of most grocery store brands.
The Health Benefits of Real Food
Instead, when you look at pet food labels, look for named ingredients – salmon, chicken, etc. When you see a named protein, you’ll know that the food includes real food.
Just like with humans, real food keeps your dog fuller for longer, and is packed with vitamins and minerals that processed foods don’t have.
Something your dog will enjoy is a protein rich Premium snack like our Kangaroo treats.
This is real food!
Made with nothing but kangaroo meat sourced from natural pasture raised kangaroos, they’re high in protein and have no fillers and no preservatives.