Many pet parents are under the impression that the foods sold by their veterinarian are premium and top of the line. Here are 5 reasons that may not be the case.
- Most of the formulas in them derive far more protein from grain or grain by-product sources than from meat sources.
- These so-called “premium” foods contain ingredients like chicken by-product meal which consists of the leftovers in meat processing that are unfit for human consumption.
- It is a cheap, low-quality source of protein and far less digestible protein than clean chicken meal.
- Although the formulas may contain a few specialized ingredients that they claim as a special diet for health conditions, a better way is to treat these conditions with a truly healthy food and daily supplements.
- The high grain content of many of these foods is one of the main contributors to the growing obesity problem and increase in allergies in dogs and cats. (not all grain is bad for them, I’ll talk more about that in a future post).
The best nutrition:
Nutrition is the foundation of good health for our furry buddies. Diet is the most important component of your pet’s health care. The best diet for your dog is not unlike the best diet for you – it consists of a variety of whole foods enhanced with vitamins and minerals, enzymes and supplements, when necessary, to promote optimal health, prevent disease or to address health issues.
Dogs are natural hunters and carnivores – just look at their ancestry. They have very short intestinal tracts geared to the consumption and digestion of raw foods. The cat on your lap is a true or “obligate” carnivore (meat only diet) and is specially designed by nature to hunt small rodents and birds. Her digestive tract, as well, is intended to assimilate raw food best.
DR. KAREN BECKER, DVM DISCUSSES BEST AND WORST FOODS FOR YOUR PET:
There are also some very good pet foods out there, you just have to be your dog’s advocate and do your research before you decide what food is best for your dog (or cat).
I also know that we live in a busy world and our circumstances don’t always allow us to feed them a raw diet. So, my advice is to just do your research and feed them the best that your circumstances allow.