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The Healthiest Dog Food - Is Your Dog Eating it?   by Tom

in Family / Pets    (submitted 2011-07-25)

What does healthy food mean to you? You probably make sure that your family eats healthy food, but what about your dog? The healthiest food is homemade; are you willing to give your dog the healthiest dog food possible at mealtime? If you think your store bought dry dog food is healthy, you may be surprised that it's not as healthy as the manufacturer wants you to think.

Have you heard of ethoxyquin or propylene glycol? You may not have but you should know that they could be, and that is not a good thing. Ethoxyquin is considered a carcinogenic and propylene glycol is an additive that is also known to cause cancer. Ethoxyquin is used as a preservative, and in fact, it doesn't even have to be listed on the list of ingredients! If the dog food manufacturer purchases fat from another company who used ethoxyquin in their product then this carcinogenic doesn't have to be noted; there doesn't have to be a disclaimer and this is legal.

Propylene glycol is used as a binder in many dog foods and dog treats on the market today. Recently, a discovery was made that this product causes cancer in cats. Due to this discovery, this product is no longer allowed to be used in cat products, but it is still being used in dog food products. Is this the healthiest dog food that you are giving to your furry friend?

Let's face it, the healthiest dog food isn't on the shelf at your local pet food store but in your kitchen right now. Homemade dog food is the best that you can give your dog. I am not referring to the scraps from the table but truly healthy foods that are good for your pet. Don't you want to know exactly what your dog is eating? If your pet is one of the family, then you will want to ensure that he gets only the best.

By making homemade foods, you are able to monitor and adjust the ingredients accordingly to your dog's needs, and not what the manufacturer thinks they need. There are hundreds of great recipes to make both foods and treats that are full of good nutrition. Proper nutrition comes from fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Foods like bananas, apples, turkey and tuna. Although you can give your dog just about everything you would give your family, don't offer any foods that contain avocado or chocolate as they are toxic. Other foods that should be avoided are caffeine, hops, yeast dough, grapes and citrus oil.

Why would anyone go so far to make homemade food for their beloved pooches? Those who want only the best healthiest dog food for their canine pals. Okay, so this isn't the only reason. What if your dog is allergic to certain foods? What if your dog needed more good fats and proteins than the "healthiest" dog food on the market? What if your dog had digestive issues and a very strict diet could be offered?

Giving your dog the healthiest dog food is offering them a meal that is as free as possible from bad fats, carbohydrates, additives and preservatives. A meal that is high in nutritional value can extend your dog's life. You would do this for your family, so why not do the same for your dog? After all, they are a part of the family too!