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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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Pet bereavement: Time off for when a pet dies could become a benefit  Axios

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Mom Thinks She Has Two Female Pets, Finds Out the Hard Way She Was Wrong  Newsweek

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What to know when bringing pets to Grand Canyon National Park  The Arizona Republic

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Animal sanctuary takes in more pets than ever in its 40th year  BBC.com

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Can Pets Get Bird Flu? Here’s What To Know  Forbes

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Push for pet bereavement leave on the rise at companies across US  New York Post

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Overcrowding at LA County animal shelters is leading to euthanization of healthy pets  NBC Southern California

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'Cat killer' leaves 4 dead; pet owners now 'paranoid'  WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm

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Drug-resistant "superbug" bacteria are passed from pets to humans  Earth.com

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Safe spaces: Wyoming presents tricky conditions for keeping pets safe  The Sheridan Press

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Tick season is here: Here’s how to protect yourself and your pets  KFOR Oklahoma City

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Pets Page: Columbus Animal Care Services  The Republic

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Are there any Wild Maine Animals that You could Keep as a Pet?  Q97.9

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UK and Portuguese study strongly suggests 'superbugs' are being passed from pets to owners  Medical Xpress

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Meet this week's SPCA pets: Maverick, Brucey, Ms. Norris and Tofu  The Ledger

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Can Human Allergy Medication Be Harmful for Pets? Our Experts Explain!  ASPCA

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'War Tails' documentary about abandoned pets in Ukraine screened at Edmonds Waterfront Center  My Edmonds News

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Warren Wilson to allow pets on campus starting in the fall  WLOS

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Pets of the Week | Online Features | suncoastnews.com  Suncoast News

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First aid for your pets | Ronnie Casey  Red Bluff Daily News

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Which one of these pets is your favorite?  Waterbury Republican American

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Pets no longer allowed at Tarleton Athletics events  Tarleton State University Athletics

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Rescue Dog Who Craves Attention From Everyone on Walks Wins Pet of the Week  Newsweek

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Pets Page: Bartholomew County Humane Society  The Republic

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Animal Health Giant Zoetis Stock Crumbles: Possible Side Effect Of Its Pet Arthritis Pain Drugs Sickened Dogs, Cats  Yahoo Finance

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Warning As Dogs and Cats May Pass 'Superbugs' Onto Pet Owners  Newsweek

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Amazon Pet Day 2024 is May 7-8: Deals on Purina & Furbo  About Amazon

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Shelby County Health Department to host free pet clinic | News | fox13memphis.com  FOX13 Memphis

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Reading program beneficial for kids and shelter pets  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

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Meet Windy and Frankie! News 19’s Adoptable Pets of the Week  WHNT News 19

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Are your pets afraid of bad weather? Here's how to prepare them for Oklahoma storm season  Oklahoman.com

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Pets of the Week | Morgan County | decaturdaily.com  The Decatur Daily

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In Clearwater, pups show off skills during Purina Dog Challenge  Tampa Bay Times

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How To Keep Pets Safe During the Solar Eclipse  TODAY

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Community members worry for safety of pets, children over used needles scattered across South Bronx park  News 12 Bronx

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Rabies Vaccination Clinics & Pet Health | Environmental Health  Erie.gov

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Pets or food? CT could allow farms to raise rabbit meat  News 12 Connecticut

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Best Pet Insurance Companies Of April 2024 – Forbes Advisor  Forbes

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Pets with Potential: Meet Ranger  WCAX

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Austin Pets Alive! Workers File to Become Largest Animal Shelter Union in the U.S.  Austin Chronicle

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Ferrets: The banned pets – Annenberg Media  uscannenbergmedia.com

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Running on Ice: Cold chain solutions for pets  FreightWaves

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American Bulldog's Cute 'Break' While Running Up Sand Dune Is All Too Relatable  Parade Pets

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National Pet Day is April 11; what are New York's popular companions?  The Journal News

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Shelter Pets Are Asking For A Forever Home  Bigfoot 99 Radio

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Archaeologists Think Ancient South Americans May Have Kept Foxes as Pets  Newsweek

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Pets of the week!!  Southern Standard

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More people using DNA ancestry testing on their pets  WUSA9.com

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Search for lost pets, crash and citations  GilaValleyCentral.Net

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American Airlines Relaxes Policy on Traveling with Pets and Carry-On Bags  Business Traveler USA

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Pet fox with 'deep relationship with the hunter-gatherer society' buried 1500 years ago in Argentina  Livescience.com

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‘The anti-pet of bourgeois life’: why the world needs big cat energy  The Guardian

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Solar Eclipse  TIME

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Pets at Home Group (LON:PETS) Stock Crosses Below 200 Day Moving Average of $295.83  Defense World

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It's National Pet Day! A time to honor pets who need a little extra love  TMJ4 News

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Pets Could be Transmitting Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria to Humans, Reveals Study | Weather.com  The Weather Channel

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How does the solar eclipse affect animals? Veterinarians share insights and pet safety tips  CBS News

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"Supernatural" Experiences Comfort Grieving Pet Owners  Neuroscience News

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26 Photos Of Pets Before And After Adoption  BuzzFeed

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Would your dog eat you if you died? Get the facts.  National Geographic

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How Much Does Pet Insurance Cost? (April 2024)  MarketWatch

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Pet of the Week: Sadie  The Glen Rose Reporter

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Residents safe but 2 pets lost in Ogden fire  Gephardt Daily

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5 Things I Wish I Knew About Buying Pets from Pet Stores  Parade Pets

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Exclusive | Roblox Users Battle Tornadoes and Raise Pets. Will They Watch Ads, Too?  The Wall Street Journal

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Bill to Stop Landlords from Denying Housing to Renters with Pets Passes Out of Committee  Contra Costa News

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Pets And The Solar Eclipse - Texas A&M Today  Texas A&M University Today

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The nation's animal shelters and rescue groups are in crisis  Deseret News

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AB 2216: Here's how new California bill would eliminate rental housing barriers for pet owners  KGO-TV

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Bright Spots: A man's best friend is forever and always, and this man seeks to make every pet enjoy their life  wvua23.com

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Emancipet to host 'Stand Up for Pets', a night of comedy at Improv Houston  The Leader News

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The Pet Industry Is Doing Great. And Getting Worse.  Forbes

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Grieving pet owners comforted by 'supernatural' interactions  Medical Xpress

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Pets Fur People – Pet of the Week – Mocha  Gilmer Mirror

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How to prepare your pets for solar eclipse 2024  New York Post

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Anxiety, Bedtime and Mating: How Animals May React to the Eclipse  The New York Times

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Pet owners: Scam calls about lost animals that could cost you money  WRAL News

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Plainville PAWS pet tag sale April 20 | News | bristolpress.com  The Bristol Press

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Eastern Iowans Share the Stories Behind Their Pets' Names [GALLERY]  khak.com

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Isolate ill pets to avoid catching superbugs like E. coli, vets say  The Telegraph

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Michigan Loves Sleeping With Their Pets More Than Most of America  Mix 95.7FM - Today's Variety

Have you lost your pet? Wake County Animal Center says don’t fall for this scam. - Raleigh News & Observer
Have you lost your pet? Wake County Animal Center says don’t fall for this scam.  Raleigh News & Observer

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Hallmark Actor Aaron O'Connell Flies Rescue Dog to Her Forever Home Through Pet Charity (Exclusive)  PEOPLE

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Dogs on Prozac: What pet anti-anxiety meds reveal about owners  STAT

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Caught with more dogs and cats, owner of notorious Portland pet adoption center sent to jail  OregonLive

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Was an extinct fox once man's best friend?  BBC.com

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

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In pictures: Russians flee floods in boats clutching valuables, food, pets  Reuters

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Pet Travel | Domestic and International Travel With a Pet  USDA APHIS

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How to get and play Spark Pets add-on in Minecraft Bedrock  Sportskeeda

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New Mexico Living Pet Pics April 12, 2024  KRQE News 13

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