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What do you feed your dog?

Friday, July 5, 2013, 11:57AM by Amber

Feeding higher quality dog food WILL improve your dogs behavior, skin, coat, digestive and health issues. Beware of some brands recommended by your Vet, as they DO receive a commision based on certain foods sold. Do your research and feed your dog higher quality food and not only will you extend the life of your pooch, you will pay less in vet bills!  

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Ingredients in Purina Puppy Chow: Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-productmeal, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E), soybean meal, egg and chicken flavor, barley, animal digest

Taken from: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/purina-puppy-chow/

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog food.

The second ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it. Compared to meat, glutens are inferior grain-based proteins lower in many of the essential amino acids dogs need for life. This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It's made from what's left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In a nutshell, chicken by-products are those unsavory leftovers, usually considered “unfit for human consumption”. In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

The fourth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there's no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: restaurant grease, slaughterhouse waste, diseased cattle.

The sixth ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal is relatively useful by-product — what remains of soybeans after all the oil has been removed. Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat. So, like corn gluten (previously discussed), soybean meals it has the ability to raise the reported protein content of this recipe.Following the egg and chicken flavor, we find barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels."

Ingredients in Beneful: Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of vitamin E), salmon, rice flour, soy flour, meat and bone meal, water propylene glycol, sugar, soybean oil, animal digest

Science Diet: Whole grain corn, whole grain wheat, chicken-by-product meal, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), chicken liver flavor, corn gluten meal, flaxseed, fish oil  

Iams: Chicken, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken by-product meal, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, chicken fat

BETTER CHOICES FOR YOUR PUPPY OR DOG BELOW!!!! These are only basic suggestions on the lower cost end of the scale. There are more expensive ones that have the fewest ingredients and many people who have dogs with certain allergies have found feeding raw has cured everything. Not all dogs tolerate all brands or all proteins. Continue to try new ones until you are both happy.

Wellness: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Tomato Pomace, Rye Flour, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomatoes, Rice Bran, Deboned Whitefish, Natural Chicken Flavor, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes

Blue Buffalo Grain Free: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Pea Starch, Peas, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Turkey Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Blueberries

Halo Spots Stew: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Pea Starch, Peas, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Turkey Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Blueberries

Solid Gold: Lamb, Lamb Meal, Ocean Fish Meal, Brown Rice, Peas, Cracked Pearled Barley, Pea Protein, Canola Oil, Rice Bran, Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Dried Eggs

Evo: Turkey, chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, herring meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), natural flavors, eggs, apples, tomatoes, potassium chloride, carrots, vitamins

Orijen: Fresh boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, fresh boneless herring, fresh boneless walleye, russet potato, sweet potato, peas, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fresh boneless lake whitefish, sun-cured alfalfa, fresh boneless flounder

If you have any questions or want more advice, please feel free to email us at: amberfetchinghope@gmail.com or aprilfetchinghope@gmail.com