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?
You have a dog. And a plate full of leftovers. The simple solution of course is to put the plate down on the floor and let your dog clean it off for you? Most dogs will lick a dish so clean that it looks like it came straight from the dishwasher, right?
As a general rule, the feeding frequency for dogs mostly depends on their age and should be progressively decreased from birth to adulthood, with the relevant exception of bitches in the latter stages of gestation and throughout the lactation period, which require a substantial change in the amount and frequency of food fed.
Who decided that corn should be a predominant part of a dog’s diet? Do they like it? Yes, it is sweet and filling but is it what their ancestors ate? Probably not, and if they did, it would have been an infrequent occurrence where their prey had ingested it before being killed.
What determines the glycemic index of a food is how fast it digests so the results may be surprising. For example low glycemic fruits include apples, apricots, banana, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, orange, peaches, pears, and strawberries. Meanwhile, the only high GI fruit is watermelon and the only high vegetables include potatoes and parsnips.
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.
I can hear the naysayers now so I am going to help dispel some of the myths being propagated about raw feeding and why this is the best way to feed your dogs and cats.
If, however, the thought of feeding whole carcasses complete with fur, feathers, fins and entrails leaves you feeling mortified, then breathe easy. The second best and practical option — raw meaty bones and a few table scraps — is easy, economical and efficient and will have your pet living a long and healthy life.
Zack Grey is a veterinarian-recommended professional dog trainer specializing in obedience and behavior
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