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3 Rules for Finding Good Dog Food

How often do you think about what your feed your dog? Do you know what’s in it? Do you even know what is a healthy diet for a dog? Many dog owners think that the dog food that they are giving their dogs is healthy, but in fact, it’s not. Many people assume that if it’s healthy for a human then it must be healthy for a dog. While this is true to some degree, it’s not the case for the types of food dogs should eat. The following are three easy rules to remember when choosing dog food.
1. Many dog foods are filled with food unfit for anything to eat.
Pet foods originally began as a way for food processors to salvage food that was deemed unfit for human consumption. This would include animals that were sick, diseased, or dead on arrival. This also included spoiled or diseased grain and corn. When searching for a good dog food for your dog, be sure to see if it is USDA certified.
2. Remember that dogs are carnivores.
Many pet food brands advertise themselves as being healthy alternatives because they are filled with whole grains, corn, and rice. While that may be healthy for humans (there’s debate on this, but that’s a different article), it is not for dogs. Dogs’ digestive systems are short, straight, and are not able to efficiently digest grains. Dogs in the wild are primarily carnivores that eat fresh meat and shun most plant matter including vegetables.
3. Stay away from preservatives.
In particular watch out for artificial preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. These chemicals are hard for anything alive to process and be the cause of many pet allergies.
Many dog food brands advertise themselves as healthy for dogs when in fact they’re not. It’s often best to look for brands that are made primarily of meat, do not contain artificial preservatives, and are USDA inspected.…