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Feeding Commercial Dog Food vs. Real Food Part II

On 11/19/16 we posted an article about the general concept of feeding your dog prepared processed dog foods and how they may be affecting the health and longevity of your dog. Today’s article reviews some info. about these processed foods so that you may draw your own conclusions and decide how better to feed your pet.  You made the decision to take on the responsibility of owning a dog and having it as a member of your family. It is your responsibility to feed it food for their optimal health, that is digestible, that will not give them skin or digestive disorders, bacterial infections, or that is periodically subject to recalls.

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Most commercial brands of dog food are over-processed, cooked at very high temperatures (destroying their nutrient value), have added by-products, grains, salt, sugar chemicals, preservatives, and artificial coloring.  During the last 15 years, thanks to Monsanto, we now have the additional factor of GMO’s — wheat/barley/rice/and corn — that also have entered the supply chain for pet food.  So not only is a portion of their food now genetically modified, but it may also be contaminated with pesticides and fungicides.

Dogs’ stomachs were not meant to digest grains. Some carbohydrates are okay for providing energy. However, the use of grains/carbohydrates in commercial dog foods is also a way for the manufacturer to be adding fillers.  Dogs’ stomachs were made to digest meat. Dry kibble is not a natural food for dogs. Food that is laced with plastic, bacteria, and products of decomposition (by-products) are also not natural foods for dogs to be eating.

Below is a recent list of recalled dog food as provided by the FDA and DogFoodAdvisor since 2009:

 

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