There are many varieties of dog food
on the market, but that does not mean they are all good for your
dog. When we go to the grocery store to buy food for our children,
most of us are very careful about reading the label. But when it
comes to dog food, most people just buy the cheapest and never once
look at the label. If you are paying a lot less for a bag of dog
food, you have to wonder how they are making it so cheap.
The first ingredient should be a specified meat or
specified meat meal; whether that is lamb, beef, chicken etc. Make
sure the meat is specified and not just listed as a "meat" or
If you read the labels of some dog foods you will
notice that some do not even contain real meat in them. They are
mainly corn with sprayed on animal fat to enhance the smell and
attract dogs to it.
Second, make sure the food contains no meat
by-products such as: hooves, feathers, eyes, beaks, skin, fur, etc.
Meat by-products are not meat. They are what is left after all of
the good meat is taken off.
Third, make sure it is soy-free. Many dogs are
allergic to soy and this can manifest through skin problems,
breathing problems, and/or diarrhea, etc.
Corn can also cause many issues. Dogs were not meant
to eat corn and other grains. Corn has been linked to skin
allergies, joint swelling and bloat in dogs, among
As for canned food you need to make sure that the
first ingredient is meat, Not water. If the first ingredient is
water you could save yourself some money and give him tap water. You
are buying mainly water.
Whatever the first ingredient is, should be what
will make up the majority of the product. However.... be aware that
a lot of dry dog foods will list the first ingredient as simply
"chicken" and the second as lets say "corn". This leads one to
believe that there is more chicken in the food than corn. However
they are weighing the chicken before the water is extracted out of
the food and before it is cooked. Raw meat contains about 80% water.
After it is cooked and the moisture taken out to make the dry dog
food you are left with only about 20% of the meats original weight.
Therefore these dog foods really contain much more of the second
ingredient than the first. In a lot of cases that ingredient is
corn. Whereas when the meat is listed as a "meal" for example
"chicken meal" that is the meat AFTER the water has been extracted
giving you more meat.
The 1st ingredient should be a specified meat or meat meal.
Grains, by-products, bone meal, animal fat (added for flavor),
animal digest, sugar, corn syrup, added colors or dyes or any "meat"
or "animal" that is not specified should be avoided.
It is far better to pay a little
more for a good dog food than it is to buy cheap stuff. They will
eat more of the junk dog food because they are not getting what they
need. It passes right through them. On the other hand, if you feed
your dog a good dog food, they are going to eat less because they
are satisfied. They are utilizing more. That means less poop and
fewer health problems down the road.
A poor diet can also cause a dog to
shed more, have duller looking coats and have body odor.