Important Facts: Ingredients In Making Your Own Dog Food
It should be not surprising to know that once a pet owner learns about ingredients in dog food bought in stores, they usually wish to switch their pet’s diet to homemade meals. It’s becoming apparent that a pet’s life can be healthier and happier if they are given fresh, quality food to eat, and the reason for this is quite simple.
As you may know, the ingredients in foods are listed in descending order of amount. The meat in dog food refers to only cows, pigs, goats, and sheep, and only includes muscle tissue that is specified. Dog food is made up of animal by-products. When cattle, pigs, chickens, lambs, or other animals are slaughtered, lean muscle tissue is trimmed away from the carcass for human consumption. Fifty percent of the animal does not get used in human foods. Whatever remains of the carcass — including heads, feet, bones, blood, intestines, lungs, spleens, livers, ligaments, fat trimmings, unborn babies, and other parts — is used in pet food, animal feed, fertilizer, industrial lubricants, soap, rubber, and other products. The nutritional quality of by-products varies from batch to batch. Some years ago, roadkill was even used in pet food. Although there are still no laws or regulations against it, using roadkill in dog food is uncommon today. However, animals labelled as “4D,” which means dead, dying, diseased, or disabled, were only recently banned for human consumption, and are still legitimate ingredients in dog food.
Contrary to belief, most grains & vegetable products used in dog food are not any better than the meat components and many of these products are branded as ‘unfit’ for Human consumption. Something that has increased in recent years is the inclusion of plants products in many brand dog foods. These quite often replace the meat or vegetable components and can lead to severe nutritional deficiencies.
Many use lots of grains and starches in dry dog food to give its shape and texture. Plant products are high in carbs, providing a cheap alternative to supplying the dog with energy. Gluten can also be added to help increase protein without having to add expensive animal ingredients. Dog foods that contain a high amount of vegetable proteins are the typically of the lowest quality food you can buy.
It may also surprise you to learn that even in low carb dog foods offer no advantage to pets unless they ate allergic to grain. In these diets, grains are switched for green peas and starchy vegetables and are often very high in fat and can lead to weight gain and other associated health issues. Nutrition aside, additives & preservatives also feature prominently in many modern dog foods. Such uses include spraying dry foods with synthetic fats to ensure long shelf life during the distribution process. With this all in mind, is no surprise than millions of dog owners are beginning to switch over to preparing & feeding their pet’s home made meals.
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