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May 31, 2011

Exposing Dog Food Companies and Their Tricks

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

In part two of this sidekicks post, we again refer to Dr. Becker from Mercola Healthy Pets.  We encourage you to watch her video the hidden dangers of dry dog food.  If you don’t have time to watch the 13+ minute video, we hope you get the following out of this post:

MEAT

  • Even if the ingredient list has MEAT as the first ingredient usually it is not the main ingredient.  Raw meat is about 70% water but when the meat is dehydrated to be processed into kibble the majority of the food is actually comprised of the next several ingredients combined.  Most likely these are brown rice, white rice, corn, barley etc.  The meat could actually be less than 20%.  If meat is the first three ingredients then you are okay.
ORGANIC
  • Organic grains are not a huge concern for carnivorous animals.  Pay attention more to the carbohydrate content in the food.
MARKETING TACTICS
  • Even if you buy a particular brand at the grocery store because you enjoy the commercials or their social or environmental views does not necessarily mean they are good pet food manufacturers.  Keep in mind that Marketing = Money.
  • Pretty packaging also does NOT equal quality pet food.
VET OR BREEDER PRESSURE
  • Sometimes vets or breeders say to never change your dogs food or to only use something that they have already had the pet on.  Changing food is great for your animal as long as you use caution, change the food slowly by introducing a few tablespoons daily and monitor your pet and its digestive tract.
STAY AWAY FROM:
  • Always make sure that the protein listed in the ingredients has the protein identified.  Don’t ever buy something that is listed as “MEAT MEAL”.  That could literally mean roadkill, horse meat, bird feathers/beaks or dog and cat meat from kill shelters.  Always make sure the meat is listed as “chicken meal” or “beef meal”.
  • Semi-moist food is usually packed with preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.
BHA OR BHG
  • Preservatives that are never to be fed for your animal
TREATS
  • Only feed dehydrated meat such as turkey jerky.  Most treats are loaded with preservatives, sugar, fillers and chemicals.  Often times they are also not made in the U.S.A.
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