Pet Food Ingredients – Be Mindful on What you Feed your Pekingese

 


Pet Food Ingredients – Be Mindful on What you Feed your Pekingese

Are you really aware about your dog’s pet food ingredients? The good, the bad, and the ugly ones?

When you go grocery shopping and you directly go to the aisle for pet food products and you see bags of kibbles depicting a smiling dog, having a oh-so-wonderful coat, having wonderful teeth condition, surrounded with images of grains, vegetables and a wonderful section of meat, and you then tend to believe that those are exactly the bag’s contents and that your beloved pet is getting the best there is to offer. Think again, my friend.

Most pet food manufacturers are actually subsidiaries of the industries of human food; the said companies have plentiful unfit for human consumption waste to sell to the, well, pet owners.

So, where does your money go after buying that pet food brand? Well, you are actually paying for the manufacturing, laboratory research, transport of the wholesaler and retailer  advertisements which includes paying the vets for endorsements, and the vet mark-up for a food prescription. In the end, you have to question, how much money is then spent on the ingredients? This is the only thing that truly matters for your dog and therefore should also matter to you. All those fancy packaging defies on what is truly inside and would somehow manipulate buyers to disregard on what is listed on the ingredients list. I hate to break it to you, but you have to read on in order to be educated.  You must be able to understand on what is listed because what may harm us can also prove to be dangerous to our four-legged companions. I know it is not easy to comprehend, however there are 2 keywords that you should look for: fresh and whole.

Pet Food Ingredients

If you check the labels on grocery store foods, you’ve probably already begun to see that the list of ingredients doesn’t always tell the whole truth about what’s in your food. The same goes for your pets’ food. Behind innocent-sounding words like “meat byproducts” and “meat meal” are horrific manufacturing practices that would turn your stomach. The nutritional considerations of pet foods go beyond the sources of meat in them. Pet food manufacturers add dangerous preservatives and vitamin fortifications that actually make your pets’ food less healthy.

Source: Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/012647_pet_food_dog.html by Jessica Smith

Meat

Meat is good for them. And as I mentioned earlier, for a dog’s food to be healthy keep it fresh and whole. When cooking, I cannot put in a whole lamb or cow in the pot. So what I do is mix muscle fat, a tiny fat from other organs to match whole as best as it can be. If you see meat in your dog food ingredients, that is good.

Meat meal

This means meat having its moisture removed. Not bad really, but this could be easily imported from God knows where. Each bag of dog food has a 1-800 number, call them and ask about it. Check where they are importing this product from.

Meat by-products

These are parts that are other than meat, exclusive of hooves, hair and horns. This is really not so good, and if you see this on your product label, it should be at the very bottom already.

Whole Meat

A whole turkey, duck or chicken can perfectly fit in my pot. And although it has its whole skeleton included, it also includes lean breast meat for your pet. If it is whole, then it is good. And when you see on your pet product label ‘poultry’ rather than saying chicken, duck or turkey, it usually means frames, neck and back which is bad.

Eggs

Eggs are wonderful source of protein, however it is only good when it is whole. Try to find it on the label, they would state it there. If they would only say ‘egg product,’ it can be any or all parts of the egg, shell even sometimes be included.

MBM (Meat and bone meal) and poulty by-products

These are the ugliest of them all. This can range from road kill to euthanized pets, cut of cancerous tissues, feet, hands, out of date restaurant or supermarket waste. Not all pet products contain this though, usually this is found in the most cheap kind of pet food.

Anything that ends with ‘ose’

If you see this, then you are dealing with refined sugars which are considered to be one of the major contributors of human illnesses alongside the flour.

Corn

There are a lot of people who are generally okay with grains but are against corn, and a number of manufacturers take advantage of it by advertising their products as ‘corn free.’ In my own point of view, human grade ground corn is not bad, however it raks high on my allergen list and it also inhibits the uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is similar to dopamine, a neurochemical which would affect one’s behavior: promotes friendly socialness and relaxes. And studies also show that low serotonin levels would result in aggression (all species tested.) And since corn doesn’t have anything that grains cannot give, I don’t see its purpose to be in the pet food, but I also don’t think of it as something sinister or evil either.

Corn gluten meal

Now, this is one ugly ingredient here. This is a mill residue from syrup and cornstarch production. This has no biological value of any sort and just like all of the other glutens out there, it is just a protein filler. Another filler to be aware of is soy, I don’t want it anywhere near my pooch’s mouth either.

Ever since the grain-free trend became popular, potatoes has become one of the most popular pet food ingredients and was even marketed as better than the grains, but I can’t see why. Being a nurse, I know that they are nutritious however starchy too. Some dogs are even allergic to the nightshade family, which the potatoes belong to. Having said that, my final conclusion is, I don’t think whole potatoes are bad, just the isolated potato starch is. Keep everything in moderation to keep all illnesses at bay.

So, what is your say about it? This is just some facts with my own personal view on the matter. Let us know what you think.

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