So what’s the deal with dog food?
Every dog food company claims to be “the best food for your dog” and I’m sure you’ve all seen a commercial where the dog eats ‘Brand X’ dog food and they are perfectly happy and healthy…but looks can be deceiving.
If you go to your pantry and look at your dog food label, what’s the first ingredient on the bag? On most grocery store brands, you’ll find something along the lines of whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat, corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat…the list goes on and on.
Why isn’t this good for your dog?
When meat isn’t one of the first ingredients on your label, that means the food is less than 60% protein, and most of its content are “fillers”.
What’s a filler?
A filler is a grain, starch, or carb that expand in your dogs stomach to make them feel full at the cost of actual nutritional value. Also, because of this low nutritional value, your dog will be eating more.
Real Life Example
When my 140 lb. great dane joined our family, she was on the PetSmart brand dog food, Authority. While meat is the first ingredient, it also is high in corn fillers. She was eating 6-6 1/2 cups of food per day. After slowly transitioning her to Natural Balance L.I.D Bison & Sweet Potato formula, she is down to 4 1/2-5 cups per day.
Aside from her eating less food, she also only goes #2 about once to twice a day, which is always a plus for any pet parent.
Photo by: Direz Zender
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