The pet food industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Pet owners spend billions of dollars each year on commercial pet foods, many of which are loaded with unhealthy ingredients.
Most commercial pet foods are made from cheap, low-quality ingredients that can be harmful to our pets' health. Many of these foods contain fillers and preservatives that can cause a variety of health problems in dogs and cats, including skin and coat problems, digestive issues, joint pain, and even cancer.
Reading Pet Food Labels To Determine The Quality Of The Food.
Pet food labels are required by law to list all of the ingredients in pet food, as well as the guaranteed analysis. However, these labels can be very confusing and deceiving, and many pet owners don't know how to interpret them. These tactics trick people into believing that their foods are healthy and nutritious when in reality they aren't. Pet owners need to be aware of what to look for on pet food labels to make the best decision for their pets.
When looking at the ingredients list on a pet food label, you should be able to recognize and understand all of the ingredients. If you can't, it's probably not a good sign. The ingredients should also be listed in order of weight, from heaviest to lightest.
Here are a few things to look for:
- Check the ingredient list: The first few ingredients listed on a pet food label are the most important. Make sure that meat, poultry, or fish is listed as the first 3 ingredients.
- Avoid foods that contain fillers, such as corn, wheat, or soy.
- Avoid foods with artificial preservatives: Look for pet foods that are preserved naturally, such as vitamin E or C. Avoid foods that contain artificial preservatives, such as BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin.
The Problem With Corn and Soy for Dogs?
Corn and soy are two of the most common ingredients found in most commercial pet foods. Unfortunately, they are also two of the worst things you can feed your dog.
Corn is a cheap filler that provides no nutritional value for dogs. It can be harmful to their health. Corn has been linked to digestive problems, allergies, and even cancer.
Soy is another common ingredient in pet food that offers no nutritional value for dogs. Soy can cause digestive problems, thyroid issues, and other health problems.
So, why are these ingredients included in so many pet foods? The answer is simple: they are cheap. Pet food manufacturers use corn and soy to keep costs down but at the expense of our pets' health.
How The Heating Process Destroys Pet Foods
Pet foods are typically made by taking low-quality ingredients and heating them to high temperatures. This heating process used to make kibbles destroys the nutrients that are essential to our pet's health. This means that even if pet food contains some good ingredients, it may be nutritionally worthless by the time the food reaches your pet's bowl.
So, why do we keep feeding our pets these unhealthy foods?
Part of the problem is that the pet food industry is very good at marketing its products. They often use misleading labeling and advertising tactics to make us believe that their foods are healthy and nutritious when they aren't.
Feeding Your Cat or Dog a Raw and Whole Food Diet is the Best Way to Ensure Optimal Health
A lot of people are now feeding their dogs a raw food diet. This is a diet that consists of raw, unprocessed meat, bones, organs, and fruits, and cooked or pulverized veggies.
Raw diets can be very beneficial for dogs as they are more similar to the diet that dogs would have eaten in the wild. Raw diets can provide dogs with more nutrients and enzymes that are essential to their health. Furthermore, raw diets can help to improve a dog's skin and coat, digestion, joint health, and overall energy levels.
If you're interested in feeding your dog a raw diet, there are a few different ways to do this. You can either buy a commercially prepared raw diet or you can make your own. The best way to be in total control of your pet is to make your own food and provide your dog or cat with the needed supplementation. If you decide to transition your dog or cat to a raw diet, you'll need to do some research to make sure that you're including all of the necessary ingredients.
Two Popular Raw Feeding Methods for Dogs and Cats
The BARF diet is a raw food diet that stands for "Bones and Raw Food" or "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food". This diet consists of raw, unprocessed meat, bones, organs, and fruits and vegetables.
The PMR diet is a raw food diet that stands for "Prey Model Raw". This diet consists of raw, unprocessed meat, bones, organs, and fruits and vegetables. The difference between the BARF diet and the PMR diet is that the PMR diet also includes whole prey (such as rabbits, chickens, or ducks).
Both of these diets can be very beneficial for dogs as they are more similar to the diet that dogs and cats would have eaten in the wild. Raw diets can provide dogs with more nutrients and enzymes that are essential to their health. Furthermore, raw diets can help to improve a dog's skin and coat, digestion, joint health, and overall energy levels.
You may also notice an improvement in your animal's skin and coat, behavior, increased energy levels, reduced allergies, and weight loss. Raw food is also more nutrient-dense than kibble, so it is a great option for dogs who are picky eaters or have trouble getting all the nutrients they need from their food.
The bottom line is that you need to be an informed consumer when it comes to feeding your pet. Your veterinarian is not your nutritionist. Many veterinarians promote the same food companies of the very pet foods that sponsor their education in schools. Don't be fooled by marketing ploys and empty promises. Take the time to read pet food labels carefully and choose products that are made from high-quality, healthy ingredients. Your pet will thank you for it!
For more information on implementing or transitioning to a diet change for your dog or cat, Animalgevity offers holistic pet health consultations that will support you and guide you through every step.