Interesting Facts About Dog Nutrition

 

          • Canines, along with all animals, should be fed biologically appropriate food!
          • One thing that is important to remember is that these portions may seem on the small side visually, but home made food for canines is MUCH more nutrient dense than most commercial dry food diets. Your dog is getting amazing nutrition and will feel full for a longer and healthier, and happier amount of time.
          • Dog food should be high in moisture and shouldn't be dry and dehydrated, such as kibble.  
          • Kibble is known to be overly cooked, HEAVILY processed, low quality "food" that has unknown ingredients, color, and is very high in carbohydrates—not biologically correct or nutritious. Even if the kibble comes at a high price, it doesn't mean it is good for your dog as the label claim to say. Pet food is nowhere near as regulated as human grade food is, so you really need to be careful.
          • Dogs have large stomachs and a short digestive tract. This shows they are biologically programmed to eat large amounts of protein in a short/fast time frame for fast digestion and fast absorption of nutrients.
          • The majority of people who live with dogs, feed their dogs kibble. Sadly, this is not a healthy choice for our dogs. Kibble consists of ~60% carbohydrates, very little to no moisture, and minimal quality protein.
          • Dog urine contains a variety of nitrogen compounds. Too much nitrogen will cause yellow staining on grass and create burned patches. High quality proteins create less nitrogen for their kidneys to filter, therefore may result in less yellowing of the grass, and a healthier and happier dog.
          • We create problems for our dogs by feeding them inappropriate food comprised of poor-quality ingredients. Some of these problems result in our dogs being overweight, developing allergies, diabetes, chronic skin infections, arthritis, and auto immune disorders etc.
          • Beef-by-product is an ingredient found in lots of dog food out there. Beef by-product is what's left over once an animal has been slaughtered and all the edible parts have been used for human grade food. In the dog world of food, this can mean diseased animal parts or even human food waste. Kibble companies do not have to disclose where the "meat" came from or how long it has been dead for, or where it was found...
          • Kibble is subject to very high heat during its production. Foods that are heated at such high temperatures are carcinogenic—not just to humans, but to canines too.
          • Liver contains 10-100 times the nutrients of muscle meat. It has a large amount of Vitamin A, several B vitamines, iron, traces of minerals, and CoQ10. Liver also benefits eye health and vision and is a good source of, iron, copper, zinc, niacin, and phosphus. Omega 6 fatty acids as well.

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