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How to Spot Healthy Dog Food

How to Spot Healthy Dog Food

Most dog owners tend to buy 40 pound bags of dog food without really knowing whether or not it’s healthy for their pets. It’s important to look beyond marketing campaigns that present their product as the only food your dog will ever need. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the ingredients in typical commercial products can promote allergy development or even worsen existing allergies. Whether or not your dog displays allergy symptoms, feeding a high-quality,wholesome food will do wonders for their quality of life. Knowing how to read dog food labels will help you make a more informed food choice than those catchy jingles.

Tips to locate healthy dog food

The first thing you should know is that the order of the ingredients indicate how predominant they are. The first or second ingredient should be any kind of meat, and it should be followed by a similar quality ingredient, grains, or vegetables are fine. When you read something about preservatives, look for Vitamin E or Vitamin C, and trace minerals that have been “chelated”. This process makes it easier for the minerals to get absorbed by your dog’s intestinal tract and bloodstream. These guidelines will make it easier to spot healthy dog food. One school of thought prefer dogs to eat a high-protein diet that eliminates all grains, believing this to mimic the most natural canine diet.

dog food: healthy or harmful?

Avoid by-products and “meat and bone meal”

If you find that the first ingredients of the dog food are by-products you should discard it. By-products are parts of animals that are not fit for humans. Things like intestines, fish or chicken heads, bones, and more things of this nature. Meat and bone meal can include road kill or contaminated slaughterhouse, which are grounded and processed. If you find by-products or meat and bone meal at the top of the ingredient list, stay away from it, it provides little nutritional value.

Avoid preservatives such as bha, bht and ethoxyquin

Before you get to see dog food on the shelves of your favorite supermarket, some manufacturers can keep them in storage for up to 18 months. They use chemical preservatives that guarantee that the food won’t spoil for a long time. The ones that you should avoid are BHT, BHA and Ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin may cause kidney failure, and damage to the bladder and stomach. BHA and BHT have similar effects, and they are banned in most European countries.

Many of the dog foods at the supermarket will have these ingredients, so we encourage you to read their labels the next time you’re there. You can try purchasing holistic dog food, or hypoallergenic dog food which tend to be among the better choices. These use higher quality ingredients, and they’re probably the best dog food for dog with allergies. You can also prepare homemade dog food for Fido. There are plenty of online recipes to give you ideas, but make sure to consult with your holistic¬†veterinarian¬†to get the best food for your pet.

Hypoallergenic Dog Food for Your Itchy Friend

Hypoallergenic Dog Food for Your Itchy Friend

Humans are not alone in the battle against allergens. Like us, the immune system of a dog can go haywire when in the presence of certain substances. The body’s immune system tries to eliminate the allergy trigger which can cause myriad symptoms. Before we talk about the steps you can take to ensure you areClick here to keep reading!

Blue Buffalo Dog Food: Choosing a Commercial Pet Food

Blue Buffalo Dog Food: Choosing a Commercial Pet Food

Choosing a commercial dog food is not easy. The commercial dog food market in the United States alone is over $8 billion! If you are looking for a great, healthy dog food there are certain things you have to look out for.  A well-rounded option is Blue Buffalo Dog Food which uses whole, natural foods,Click here to keep reading!

Pros And Cons Of Homemade Dog Food For Allergies

Pros And Cons Of Homemade Dog Food For Allergies

If your dog is suffering from food allergies, as many dogs do, then you have two options. You can buy a pre-made hypoallergenic dog food or you can make your own dog food. Both ways have their pros and cons and it really boils down to which one better suits your lifestyle and your dog.Click here to keep reading!

Is Your Dog’s Food Causing Allergy Symptoms?

Is Your Dog’s Food Causing Allergy Symptoms?

Dogs are beloved members of the family and any time an illness strikes, their owners want to do everything they can to fix the problem and prevent it from happening in the future. Surprisingly, dog food allergies are a relatively common occurrence, something that every pet owner is likely to encounter. Determining the source ofClick here to keep reading!