Are preservatives in dog food the evil culprit behind the long list of medical issues our four-legged family members now face? Food allergies, environmental allergies, kidney disease, immunodeficiency, and cancer are all on the rise and many dogs owners do not blame the actual food as much as they blame the preservatives in the dog food but are they right?
Commercial dog food usually contains large amounts of complex carbohydrates (starch) in the form of rice, maize, wheat, oat and spelt, whose digestibility and nutritional value is improved through the processing methods of cooking or extrusion used to prepare wet and dry dog food.
In the first year of life, the average puppy puts in the equivalent of twenty-one to twenty-four human years in both physical growth and mental development. How are we supposed to feed a balanced and nutritionally sound diet to support that kind of change?
There are many levels of quality when it comes to dog food and honestly, you get what you pay for with both commercial and homemade dog food. There is not a large profit margin on dog food and inexpensive food is made from inexpensive ingredients.
One of the most important parameters used to determine the calorie requirements and formulate the daily ration for adult dogs is the metabolizable energy (ME), which is defined as the amount of calories from pet food that can be used by the pet's body once digestion is complete.
Nowadays additives are more and more widely used in dog food, sometimes for good purposes, other times to mask the low quality of dog food. This is the reason why the less additives are in dog food, the higher is usually its quality.
Dog treats like human treats are often full of sugar and salt to improve their taste or chemicals to preserve or enhance flavor and smell. Read the ingredients on all treats just like you would their food or your own store-bought cookies.
Zack Grey is a veterinarian-recommended professional dog trainer specializing in obedience and behavior
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