Dog Food Information
We believe dogs should enjoy their food. No one, not even your dog wishes to eat the same food at every meal. A dog's sense of smell is vastly superior to our own. A dog's enjoyment of their food comes primarily from the aroma. Think back to a time when you were sick and your sense of smell was impaired. You likely did not get much enjoyment of your food. Now think how cruel it is to feed a dog the same food at every meal when he has such a sophisticated nose that he can use to appreciate the scent of the all the ingredients.
Rotating foods every two to three months can do more then add to our dog's enjoyment of his food, it may help to avoid the development of allergies. If your dog is sensitive to food changes, change gradually over one or two weeks. Slowly blend in the new food and replace the same quantity of the old food each time.
Many believe their dog enjoys his food because he has been quickly inhaling the same food for years and eats it in record time. It may be that he is not so much enjoying his food, as much as he is eating everything as fast as he can because he doesn't know there is not a shortage of food, or back in the litter he had to eat fast otherwise another litter mate would come eat what he had.
One dog owner we advised was shocked when her dog started to eat sensibly after just a couple days. She said the dog had inhaled its food for 9 years, and jumped all over her with excitement each time she came home from work. She came to realize that the dog was just frantic for its evening meal, and that it still loved her, but now its greeting behavior was more appropriate.
Dogs who eat very rapidly and who ingest air while eating are at increased risk of developing bloat. (Gastric Torsion / Gastric Dilatation Volvulus) *
Bloat is a life-threatening condition in which a dog?s stomach becomes abnormally inflated as a result of the accumulation of gases, gastric secretion, or food. Bloat is extremely painful to dogs, and can be fatal if not treated immediately.
The exact cause of bloat is not known, but it is believed that there are possibly several contributing factors.
Factors that may contribute to bloat*
- Feeding large meals. Feeding several small meals correlates with a lower risk of bloat.
- Dogs that have been described as fearful or with a nervous temperament appear to be more likely to bloat.
Many pet food companies recommend storing dry kibble by placing the entire bag into an airtight container, without pouring it out. Pouring out the food exposes it to air which can decrease the foods shelf life and nutritional value. The food should be stored in a cool dry location.
Dog Food Considerations
Feeding your dog poor-quality ingredients can lead to nutrient imbalances. Higher quality ingredients have higher digestibilities and are nutrient dense.*
Many popular brands of pet food contain ingredients that are of moderate quality and have lower digestibilities than most premium brands.*
High-quality foods may have an ingredient list that is almost identical to that of lower quality foods that contain poor-quality ingredients with low digestibility.
Whether you are feeding a raw, canned, or dry dog food diet, look for quality ingredients.
Quality foods have at least two identified sources of meat listed as the first two ingredients. Lower quality food list corn or carbohydrate by-products in the first few ingredients.
- Look for named sources such as; lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, etc...
- Or; lamb meal, turkey meal, beef meal, chicken meal, etc...
Be wary of pet food that lists ingredients in generic terms like
Meat, animal, or poultry by-products, or animal digest
Look for complex carbohydrates from whole grains
Barley, whole oats, brown rice
Lower quality carbohydrates are listed as; brewer's rice, wheat flour, corn gluten, rice flour,
Avoid Chemical additives
- Propylene glycol
- Potassium sorbate
- Ammoniated glycyrrhizin
- Propyl gallate
- Sodium nitrite
- Red No. 3
- Red No. 40
- Yellow No. 5
- Yellow No. 6
- Blue No. 1
- Blue No. 2
Many dogs are allergic to foods with chemical preservatives which can lead to excessive scratching and chronic diarrhea.
This information is but a small portion of what you need to know about dog food. Please check out the resources and links below to do your own research and due diligence.
*The DogIts Behavior, Nutrition, & Health (Second Edition) by Linda P. Case
Airtight Stackable storage container for dry pet foods and seeds. Keep bags of food in an air tight container protected from excessive moisture and ants. Available at: Natural Pet Food & Supplies
These are a must have for storing dry dog food and treats.
Dog Food Contaminated with Levels of Fluoride Above EPA's Legal Limit for Humans
Fluoride Linked to Hormone Disruption, Thyroid Problems and Bone Cancer
"Most of the fluoride contamination in dog food comes from an unsavory mix of bone meal and various meat byproducts added to dog food. The 8 high-fluoride brands list ingredients that include chicken by-product meal, poultry by-product meal, chicken meal, beef and bone meal; these are basically ground bones, cooked with steam, dried, and mashed to make a cheap dog food filler. A smaller amount of fluoride in dog food comes from fluoridated tap water used to prepare the food at pet food plants."
Welcome to Dog Food Analysis! Your independent site for dog food information and reviews.
Created as a resource for Boxerworld members, Dogfoodanalysis has been online since 2005 and continues to be updated periodically. On this site, you will find information about the contents of +1500 dry dog foods, along with ratings and reviews. For more information about the site, visit our frequently asked questions page. We make some suggestions for wider information and resources on the info page.
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