Have you ever read a dog food label? Canine experts and nutritionists are teaching a new aspect of pet health by integrating fruits and vegetables in to the meat diet that dogs love. Yet it made sense to me years ago that the best nutrition is holistic, varied, and balanced.
About a decade ago, a good friend of mine said she chose not to feed her dog anything from the pet food aisle of the grocery store. Her beagle, Petunia, ate what the family ate at mealtime. That’s a great thing for those who make the choice however; canine nutrition needs are not the same as those of a human. With that in mind, my choice back then was to try balancing the two needs giving treats of carrots instead of ordinary brand name dog treats.
The balance part of nutrition lies in ratios of meat, vegetable, starch, fruit, fat. Does that sound familiar? It should, it’s in line with human dietary needs yet again, the ratios are different for pets, and even then, you need to consider the size and age of each pet.
Canine nutrition is a whole science in itself. That has always been the case; it’s just that the subject of nutrition is in the media every day for humans. Marketers and food developers have caught on to the opportunity. From there, consumers caught on too. Today’s pet owner seeks the best nutrition possible for their money and pets. Education about pet food is in order for any owner. Don’t be fooled by labeling of pet food, just as you are cautious about human food. You must read the label.
My own experience lies in the last 20 years. In that time, I have rescued 12 dogs, they in turn, adopted me. Not one of them died of cancer. In fact, they lived beyond their expected life span, to 15 years of age, one in particular made it to 18. I credit that in large part to a varied and balanced diet.
I have four dogs living now and eating dog food that lists ingredients of which I am familiar. I can read the names and know that they are real nutritional ingredients. I have high standards for my dogs and myself. Processed food is no good for any one. When you read a dog food label, avoid ingredients you can’t name, such as, Ethoxyquin and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA). Would you eat that? You wouldn’t want your dog eating it either.