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PostHeaderIcon What’s Really In Your Dog’s Food?

Have you ever given much thought to what’s in that cheap brand of dog food?  Do you take the time to read the label on your dog’s food or simply purchase it because of the popular commercial you’ve seen.  Now, I’m not talking about the better quality dog foods.  I’m talking about a popular inexpensive brand with artificial colors.

Why do you think these big dog food companies believe that dogs, while not color blind, but with  significantly less chromatic acuity than humans need to have these bright colors added to their food.  The reason is not for dogs but for the humans buying this food for their pets. It simply looks better and sells more. The dog food may appear to have color from the vegetables added to it but it is Red 40 Yellow 5, Blue 2 and Yellow6, The Poison Rainbow.

While artificial colors are not the only thing that bothers me.  Do you ever wonder why there are so many grains in your carnivorous canine’s foods? The answer is simple, they’re cheap.

There is much controversy whether dogs can sufficiently digest corn or wheat, which are often found in these well-known dog foods. The fact is that corn and corn meal have a significant high glycemic index.  These just turn to sugar in your dog’s blood. You might compare it to you eating fast food for every meal.

It is also highly debated by Purina that corn gluten meal and other grains are not allergenic but as a pet sitter I have found dogs eating a low quality pet food loaded with grains are always scratching and biting themselves.  Almost always when I suggest a grain free diet to these dog’s owners their constant scratching improves immensely.

The fact is today corn is so genetically modified. There are many studies that show GM corn to be a major health concern.  Studies where rats fed a diet containing GM corn shows they not only died earlier than rats on a standard diet, they developed mammary tumors and severe kidney and liver damage as well. Do you really want your dog eating this every day for the rest of his life?

Can you even imagine how ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour,  rice flour, soy flour, thrown in with some chicken by-product meal (slaughterhouse waste) and some animal digest could be something good to feed your dog? (see picture below)

If you happen to be a person who still can’t see spending a little more money for your dog food, I’m reminded of an old motor oil commercial that goes something like “Pay me now or pay me later.”   What you may not realize is what you save now is what you could end up spending later at the veterinarian.

You should know that I am not promoting a specific dog food, because for me the best food is something you fix yourself for your dog,  I only recommend you know what’s in your dog’s food.  If you want to see how your dog food stands up check out the Dog Food Advisor.

So, what’s in your dog’s food?


I found this picture of ingredients in that cheap brand of dog food so you may have a better concept of what is really in that bag.

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