What to Look For:
The first ingredient should be meat, not grain. Dogs are carnivores at heart, but have been bred to need some carbohydrates. Grains are added to dog food because it is cheaper and helps hold kibble together. Avoid corn meal, soy and wheat. These ingredients are harder for a dog to digest and can cause allergies.
The source and quality of the protein should be whole food sources like chicken, beef, turkey lamb, fish,and others. Watch for non-specific sources such as ‘meat.’ The next source should be a meat meal, again stating which animal.
Next come vegetables, excluding corn, beets or wheat. I recommend grain free food. These frequently use potatoes to hold them together. If fruit is used instead of vegetables, this is also fine.
Feed-Grade Ingredients Cooked at Nutrient-Destroying Temperatures
Leave any food listing corn, corn meal or soy because it is not easily digestible and is a cheap filler.
Don’t buy dog food that contains meat byproducts. As I wrote in my last blog, this is where you get ground up dogs, cats, tumors, flea collars, beaks and oh so many other things that you do not want to feed your buddy.
Watch out for BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin and propl gallate, known to be carcinogens.
We look for foods with a high protein value. In our case over 30%. We supplement the food with a fish oil pill in the morning and a coconut oil pill before dinner. Our boys consider them as treats.
If you would be interested in a wonderful site for reviewing dog foods go to http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
Another Chart http://www.cornucopia.org/pet-food-guide/
For those who want to make their own.
DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe
1 1/2 cups brown rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 lbs ground turkey
3 cups baby spinach, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
In a large saucepan with 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, making sure to crumble it.
Stir in spinach, carros, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is cooked through, 3-5 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Check with your vet.
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