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          The Truth About Dog Food


These days, it's hard to know what decisions are the best ones for our beloved pets. So much information, so many conflicting theories and opinions! When it comes to dog food, is wetter better? Or should you give dry a try?

In this article, I'm not going to tell you what to feed your dog. That's something that should be decided on by you, and based on the recommendation of your vet. But it helps to know the facts before making a decision, and here are some things you may not have known about what's really in that can of mutt meal or bag of kibble.

1. Dog food was invented to make use of "food waste" that's deemed unfit for humans. Back in the old days, dogs ate the same things that humans ate: meat, vegetables and grains from the family meals. Then came food processing plants, and a set of FDA standards that had to be met for human consumption. When the government realized the amount of grain and meat that was being wasted in these processing plants, they decided to package it in cans and bags and market it as "Dog Food." Advertising did a great job of telling the public, "This is the ideal diet for your dog!"

2. Dogs only live to about half of their life expectancy. Some experts claim that the real lifespan of a canine can be as much as 35 years, yet most dogs don't get past age 17. Dogs are developing the same diseases and ailments as humans: obesity, diabetes, heart trouble, arthritis, and even cancer. Why the failing health? One theory is that dogs who eat processed dog food suffer the same fate as people who subsist on junk food. Their bodies never get the nutrition that's needed for optimal functioning, so they age prematurely and their bodies "crap out" on them.

3. Most dog food has no nutritional value. Whether you feed your dog wet food or dry food, both wet and dry formulas of "average-priced" brands are based on very low quality standards. If your dog eats meat from a can, he's consuming mostly rendered meat or meat meal, which has been treated in meat processing plants on extremely high heat. To "render" meat is to separate the moisture the solids as well as boil all of the vitamins and nutrients out of it. If he eats kibble, he's getting runoff from the country's biggest cereal mills, which may be slightly better nutritionally, but remember that your dog was born a carnivore. His body does not digest grain easily.

4. Moderately-priced dog food usually contains harmful additives and preservatives. To make up for the lack of taste that comes from over processing meat and grain meal, dog food companies added artificial "meat-like" color, flavor and a spray of fat to their secret recipe, not to mention harmful preservatives like BHA and BHT to extend the shelf life. It's these very additives that cause health complications in humans leading to heart disease, diabetes and cancer, not only for humans but for dogs as well.

Make an informed decision on behalf of your dog.

So what are we supposed to do, stop paying for our children's piano lessons so we can afford the added expense of Rover's weekly meat consumption?

Many dog owners choose to feed their furry friends whole foods like beef, chicken, rice and potatoes, in an effort to keep them healthier and around for many more years. Although whole food is always the smarter choice, this may not be a practical consideration for your budget. In which case, it's worth looking into one of the top brands of dog foods such as Iams, Eukaneuba or Hill's Science Diet, for their nutritionally formulated foods that contain the proper amounts of certain vitamins and minerals that are crucial in keeping a dog's body in balance and functioning at peak performance. These foods may be slightly higher priced than the standard economy pack of Ol' Roy... but paying a little extra now can keep the vet bills down later.

Just like anything else in your life, you want to make choices that reflect your own beliefs, financial situation and personal philosophy. It's ultimately up to you to decide what to feed your dog. But it always helps to know the facts first.

Copyright 2005 Dina Giolitto. All rights reserved.

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Humane Society helps pets affected by pandemic - The Mercury News
Humane Society helps pets affected by pandemic  The Mercury News

Dakin Humane Society: Pets offer companionship during pandemic - MassLive.com
Dakin Humane Society: Pets offer companionship during pandemic  MassLive.com

East Bay pets of the week for June 5 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for June 5  East Bay Times

Drive-up microchipping for pets - KFYR-TV
Drive-up microchipping for pets  KFYR-TV

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center hands out Companion Pets - Salisbury Post - Salisbury Post
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center hands out Companion Pets - Salisbury Post  Salisbury Post

6 tips to keep pets safe during storm season - Quad City Times
6 tips to keep pets safe during storm season  Quad City Times

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 31, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 31, 2020  Summit Daily News

Speaking of Pets: Using playtime to train your dog - Vail Daily News
Speaking of Pets: Using playtime to train your dog  Vail Daily News

'Adopt don't shop'—marketing genius or shaming slogan? - dvm360
'Adopt don't shop'—marketing genius or shaming slogan?  dvm360

How to ease your pet's separation anxiety if you're going back to work - Business Insider - Business Insider
How to ease your pet's separation anxiety if you're going back to work - Business Insider  Business Insider

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Pets of the Week: May 30, 2020 - Washington Daily News  thewashingtondailynews.com

Pets and People: Meet Sabrina - Frederick News Post
Pets and People: Meet Sabrina  Frederick News Post

Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners get through pandemic - Longview News-Journal
Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners get through pandemic  Longview News-Journal

Robin's Nest: Adapting for your home and pet - Montclair Local
Robin's Nest: Adapting for your home and pet  Montclair Local

House pets offer lots of memories, lessons | News, Sports, Jobs - Youngstown Vindicator
House pets offer lots of memories, lessons | News, Sports, Jobs  Youngstown Vindicator

Animal services providers make adjustments to keep pets cared for amid pandemic - Charleston Gazette-Mail
Animal services providers make adjustments to keep pets cared for amid pandemic  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Survey shows benefits of pet ownership during pandemic - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Survey shows benefits of pet ownership during pandemic  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Veterinarian, a COVID-19 survivor, on trying to care for pets, her staff and herself - KPQ
Veterinarian, a COVID-19 survivor, on trying to care for pets, her staff and herself  KPQ

Keep your pets cool! Tips to keep them safe during the heatwave - KUTV 2News
Keep your pets cool! Tips to keep them safe during the heatwave  KUTV 2News

Pets of the Week: A kissing dog and a cat with a boopable nose - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the Week: A kissing dog and a cat with a boopable nose  Duluth News Tribune

Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Kenny - nwitimes.com
Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Kenny  nwitimes.com

Got questions about corneal disease? - Jill Lopez
Got questions about corneal disease?  Jill Lopez

Southern Utah Adoptable Pets Guide - The Independent | News Events Opinion More - The Independent | SUindependent.com
Southern Utah Adoptable Pets Guide - The Independent | News Events Opinion More  The Independent | SUindependent.com

5 ways pets support mental health while social distancing - The Southern Maryland Chronicle
5 ways pets support mental health while social distancing  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

Shelter's Biggest Event Of The Year Goes Virtual, More Than 1480 Pets Found A Home In 2020 So Far - The Suburban Times
Shelter's Biggest Event Of The Year Goes Virtual, More Than 1480 Pets Found A Home In 2020 So Far  The Suburban Times

Your pets are stressed out, too - Purdue News Service
Your pets are stressed out, too  Purdue News Service

Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation Receives $200k Grant for Pet Assistance Program - Redheaded Blackbelt
Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation Receives $200k Grant for Pet Assistance Program  Redheaded Blackbelt

Free Veterinary Care Provided to LA Pets in Need - Spectrum News 1
Free Veterinary Care Provided to LA Pets in Need  Spectrum News 1

Woman dies in fire at Midland pet kennel - CBS7 News
Woman dies in fire at Midland pet kennel  CBS7 News

Pet Of The Week And Free Food For Pets - The Transylvania Times
Pet Of The Week And Free Food For Pets  The Transylvania Times

Owners are the ones jumping through hoops to get pets back to US - Stars and Stripes
Owners are the ones jumping through hoops to get pets back to US  Stars and Stripes

Firefighters battle fire at Princeton pet shop - MyWebTimes.com
Firefighters battle fire at Princeton pet shop  MyWebTimes.com

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Hope And Auggie Are Warrens Pets Of The Week - Warren, NJ Patch
Hope And Auggie Are Warrens Pets Of The Week  Warren, NJ Patch

My Pet World: In Tucson desert, grow pet grass inside - Arizona Daily Star
My Pet World: In Tucson desert, grow pet grass inside  Arizona Daily Star

Answer Bank: Can I get COVID-19 from my pets? - CGTN
Answer Bank: Can I get COVID-19 from my pets?  CGTN

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic - WTOP
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic  WTOP

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Pet of the Week 5-31-2020: Chandler | News  Tyler Morning Telegraph

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Should you be quarantining with your pets?  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pets of the Week - Morganton News Herald
Pets of the Week  Morganton News Herald

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Limelight Pet Project: Meet Cyrus!  Q13 News Seattle

Pet of the Week: Miriam - South Bend Tribune
Pet of the Week: Miriam  South Bend Tribune

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How the pet adoption boom is reducing Covid-19 stress  Inverse

CBS3 Pet Project: How To Get Your Pet Ready To See The Vet - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: How To Get Your Pet Ready To See The Vet  CBS Philly

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Titusville Police Officials Encourage Launch Viewers to Leave Pets at Home for Their Own Safety  SpaceCoastDaily.com

Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home - KSTP
Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home  KSTP

This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus - CNN
This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus  CNN

10,000 Pounds of Free Pet Food to Give Away on Monday - Times of San Diego
10,000 Pounds of Free Pet Food to Give Away on Monday  Times of San Diego

Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown - NPR
Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown  NPR

Resources for Pet Owners During the Pandemic - The Zebra
Resources for Pet Owners During the Pandemic  The Zebra

Rio animal shelter delivers pets to Brazilians in lockdown – in pictures - The Guardian
Rio animal shelter delivers pets to Brazilians in lockdown – in pictures  The Guardian

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Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say  nbcboston.com

Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19 - WHMI
Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19  WHMI

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Hazel, Abby, & Hot Rod  SweetwaterNOW.com

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Thief makes off with dozens of puppies and birds from Bronx pet store  New York Post

Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Dany - - KUSI
Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Dany -  KUSI

Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis - Los Angeles Times
Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis  Los Angeles Times

Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help. - The Washington Post
Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help.  The Washington Post

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Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19  11Alive.com WXIA

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Pet Talk: Grains or no grains - addressing pet owner concerns  Marshall News Messenger

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Virus delays flooding solutions at Austin Pets Alive! building  KXAN.com

Expert Tips on How to Keep Pets Happy and Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic - PEOPLE
Expert Tips on How to Keep Pets Happy and Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic  PEOPLE

Pet owners flock as groomers reopen with new precautions - HollandSentinel.com
Pet owners flock as groomers reopen with new precautions  HollandSentinel.com

Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know - The New York Times
Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know  The New York Times

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Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

Claws, Paws & Scales Gallery for May 31 - Reading Eagle
Claws, Paws & Scales Gallery for May 31  Reading Eagle

A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic - The New York Times
A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic  The New York Times

Is it safe to take your pet to groomers as states reopen? Here’s what experts say - Miami Herald
Is it safe to take your pet to groomers as states reopen? Here’s what experts say  Miami Herald

Coronavirus: The power of pets in the pandemic | Watch News Videos Online - Globalnews.ca
Coronavirus: The power of pets in the pandemic | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

DIGGING DEEPER: Pandemic pet problem - KVOA Tucson News
DIGGING DEEPER: Pandemic pet problem  KVOA Tucson News

First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets - KUTV 2News
First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets  KUTV 2News

How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually - The Verge
How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually  The Verge

Man’s grooming routine for ‘pets’ will make you ROFL. Watch - Hindustan Times
Man’s grooming routine for ‘pets’ will make you ROFL. Watch  Hindustan Times

Pet of the Week: Pan | News | dailyindependent.com - The Independent
Pet of the Week: Pan | News | dailyindependent.com  The Independent

How's your pet's life in quarantine? - Herald-Mail Media
How's your pet's life in quarantine?  Herald-Mail Media

How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus? - Bloomberg
How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus?  Bloomberg

Pet of the Week: Chaz - County 17
Pet of the Week: Chaz  County 17

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SHUGREM Grooming Partners with the CBD Health Club for it's Pet CBD Products  Benzinga

'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider - INSIDER
'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider  INSIDER

KPRC Pet Project - KPRC Click2Houston
KPRC Pet Project  KPRC Click2Houston

Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet? - OCRegister
Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet?  OCRegister

Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them - The Wall Street Journal
Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them  The Wall Street Journal

How to Make Your Garden Safe for Pets - 7 Unexpected Solutions for a Pet-Safe Garden - HouseBeautiful.com
How to Make Your Garden Safe for Pets - 7 Unexpected Solutions for a Pet-Safe Garden  HouseBeautiful.com

Pets of the Week: May 31, 2020 | Lifestyle - Longview News-Journal
Pets of the Week: May 31, 2020 | Lifestyle  Longview News-Journal

The best virtual veterinary services for your pets - Insider - INSIDER
The best virtual veterinary services for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now - Courier Journal
How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now  Courier Journal

Cats, Dogs and COVID: How Safe Are Your Pets? - WebMD
Cats, Dogs and COVID: How Safe Are Your Pets?  WebMD

Pet of the week: Carl - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Carl  Billings Gazette

Thinking Of Adopting A Pet? Here Are Tips To Help You Find A New Furry Friend - WBUR
Thinking Of Adopting A Pet? Here Are Tips To Help You Find A New Furry Friend  WBUR

Boy Scout Ryan Kindle builds neighborhood pet pit stop - CapeGazette.com
Boy Scout Ryan Kindle builds neighborhood pet pit stop  CapeGazette.com

How coronavirus quarantine is changing life — and vet treatment — for your pet - IndyStar
How coronavirus quarantine is changing life — and vet treatment — for your pet  IndyStar

Dublin Pet Fair canceled for this year - NBC4 WCMH-TV
Dublin Pet Fair canceled for this year  NBC4 WCMH-TV

18 products that actually remove pet hair - USA TODAY
18 products that actually remove pet hair  USA TODAY

Are people with pets less likely to die if they catch Covid-19? - Inverse
Are people with pets less likely to die if they catch Covid-19?  Inverse

Adopt a Pet: Maxwell - Ellwood City Ledger
Adopt a Pet: Maxwell  Ellwood City Ledger

Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence - KPRC Click2Houston
Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence  KPRC Click2Houston

Healthy pets, happy humans - The Daily Planet
Healthy pets, happy humans  The Daily Planet

Moment of Paws: About your pets and the pandemic - Dorchester Reporter
Moment of Paws: About your pets and the pandemic  Dorchester Reporter

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