Diet is a huge component to ensuring your pet is healthy and stays in optimal condition. Unfortunately, many dog foods that are on the market today offer little to no real nutritional value. You must be very conscientious in making your selections, and choose feeds that offer real and balanced nutrition.
Some foods may be lacking in very important components, such as:
High Quality Protein
Protein is important in helping your dog build and maintain muscle mass, as well as feed and nourish your dog’s bones, organs, immune system, and more.
If your dog is deficient in quality protein, he could suffer from health problems like poor immune response, anemia, and a dry brittle coat, among other things.
The kibble should also be made with meat that is considered “fit for human consumption.” There are many dog foods created using 4D meat, which is extremely unhealthy and poses many contamination risks for your furry pal.
Some kibbles may not contain enough healthy fat. Read labels carefully, and even then, take them with a grain of salt, because sometimes ingredients may be listed that aren’t even in the food, or are in such trace amounts as to be useless for health.
If your dog’s food doesn’t have a sufficient amount of healthy fats within it, he may show evidence of the lack or deficiency in his coat and skin. Good fats are also necessary for your dog’s brain, eyes, and more. They also provide a great, concentrated energy source.
Look for foods that contain herring oil, chicken fat, lamb fat, and sunflower oil for some particularly nutritious options.
Carbs are a good energy source for your dog when they aren’t taken overboard. Just like with people, too many carbs, especially unhealthy carbs, can be detrimental to your dog’s health.
Avoid pretty much any dog foods that list corn as the first ingredient, as they offer very little nutritional value and may cause obesity, among other health ailments. Also, keep in mind it’s often a very subpar quality of corn called feed corn, or corn meal.
A better choice is to look for foods that contain carbohydrates like potatoes and rice or starchy foods like peas and garbanzo beans. These at least can offer some nutrition. Just keep in mind that it’s harder for dogs to digest grains then fats and proteins.
Natural Vitamins and Minerals
Unfortunately, your dog food could be so highly processed, and made with such high temperatures, that virtually all the natural vitamins and minerals it may have possessed have been leeched right out of it. It’s basically been “denatured.”
This forces manufacturers to add synthetic vitamins and minerals back in. This is challenging, because your dog may not be able to synthesize them, or your dog could even be given too much of something, and it could prove toxic. Dry dog foods offer very little in the way of “natural” nutrition, and are not the best choice for keeping your pet healthy over the long-term.
Enzymes are essential in many processes that support and sustain the life and health of your fur baby. Dogs are born with a certain number of enzymes at birth, and that’s all they will have during their lifetime. All other enzymes must to be gleaned from the food that they eat.
Unfortunately, in the process of manufacturing dog food, along with other essential nutrients, live enzymes are mostly destroyed. The lack of enzymes in his diet can cause a noted deficiency in your pooch.
Feed Your Dog “Real” Food, Not “Franken Food”
One of the best ways to ensure your fur kiddo is being fed a healthy and nutritious diet (with all the live enzymes and natural vitamins and minerals they need to live long and happy) is to feed them “real” food.
Feeding your furry friend most commercial pet foods is similar to feeding him a daily diet of Big Mac’s and French fries. It’s also very dehydrating, and your dog needs proper hydration to function optimally.
Remember, you can’t make any health gains eating nothing but junk food and fake nutrition… neither can your dog.