Home Made Dog Food – Seriously?
It’s one thing to throw your dog some healthy table scrapes, but who really has the time to prepare a raw food diet for their dog. If you can honestly say i do then good for you. If not, then you’re like most of us and what you really need is a healthy balanced choice your dog loves and you can afford. Buying these products online saves you the hassle of dragging around 30 pound bags and you’ll save money too.
Dogs are by nature omnivorous but exhibit a carnivorous behavior with sharp teeth and a shorter gastrointestinal tract better suited for the consumption of meat. Despite this dogs have not only survived but thrived for thousands of years on meat and other natural foods along with the table scraps of mankind. James Spratt is credited with making the first commercially available dog food in the mid 1800’s. After WWI Ken-L-Ration started offering canned horse meat and by the 1930’s dry meat meal was being offered by Gaines Food Co. Over it’s 160 year history dog food has continued to evolve until we have the extensive and somewhat confusing variety of commercial products we have today.
Which Dog Food Do I Choose?
It’s important to choose a healthy dog food and one our dogs love. Commercial dog food avoderm traditionally comes in a variety of wet and dry forms but in recent years we’ve also seen the introduction of frozen, freeze-dried, dehydrated, fresh and vegetarian varieties. In the United States dog food labeled ‘complete and balanced’ must meet A.A.F.C.O. standards but the label does have it’s critics. As a dog owner of many years I personally prefer balanced dry dog food and throwing in a few healthy table scraps now and then. It fits my budget and my dogs are healthy. But this isn’t for everyone. You may have to experiment a little to see what works for you and your dog. Just remember that just because you put the healthiest choice in front of your dog doesn’t mean that he’s going to eat it. I also strongly believe variety is the spice of life, both for us and our dogs. Like us, the more variety a dog has the better chance he has of fulfilling his nutritional requirements. There is also a wide variety of nutritional supplements available and don’t forget to have your dog visit the vet now and then to ensure they are as healthy as they appear to be. I’ve listed some of the top rated commercial dog foods rated by previous customers below.
You Get What You Pay For
Less expensive dog food is more likely to contain animal-by-products and grain fillers so take a few minutes to check the label and spend a few extra dollars to make sure your dog is eating healthy. On commercial dog food labels look for defined meat types (e.g. chicken, beef, etc.), and avoid those products with the term ‘meat meal’. Look for fat sources listed such as chicken fat, olive oil, canola oil, flax and the presence of Omega Three and Omega Six. Fat sources listed as ‘meat-fat’ are to be avoided. Look for potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, broccoli, spinach, apples and blueberries. Avoid chocolate, onion, garlic, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts and green tomatoes. Also check for natural preservatives such as Tocopherols (Vitamin E) and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Be sure to avoid artificial colors, artificial flavors and sweeteners such as cane molasses or corn syrup. I hope this helps you feed your dog a healthy and affordable diet, especially for those that don’t have the time to prepare everyday meals for their dog.