Do you really know what you’re feeding your dog?
Dog food labels are not easy to understand and manufacturers can be clever in hiding what’s actually in the food you are feeding your beloved pet. You could quite easily be causing your dog problems by the food you give it..
What are food allergies or intolerance?
Allergies aren’t fun for your dog, who can’t tell you what’s making him so sick. These are normally caused by a reaction to a particular ingredient. There are two types of reactions: Food Allergies and Food Intolerances.
Is my dog sensitive to foods?
Most cases of skin or digestive issues in dogs, are caused by their diet – so if your dog vomits occasionally, has regular diarrhoea, irritated skin, a poor coat condition or hair loss, then they may have a food allergy.
Some of the following signs may indicate a dietary problem…
- Occasional vomiting or regular diarrhoea.
- Excessive flatulence or bowel movements.
- Frequent scratching or hair loss.
- Red, inflamed patches on skin.
- Chronic ear problems or runny eyes.
- Coughing, wheezing and sneezing.
IMPORTANT: Some symptoms of food allergies / intolerance can be similar to those of other conditions that could be serious, so always consult with your vet if you are concerned about any of the symptoms listed above.
What can I do if my dog has allergies?
If your dogs symptoms are being caused by its diet, it can be very difficult to identify a specific ingredient that is causing the problems, food allergies or food intolerance may last a lifetime. The main task is to find and avoid the food ingredient responsible for causing the skin irritation and/or digestive upsets. If your dog suffers from food allergies, it’s even more important to feed the right dog food.
What is the best diet for dogs?
Simply – dogs are carnivores – and they can readily get more nutrition from high quality meat sources rather than from grains. They need a balanced diet, with as few ingredients as possible, and the meat protein and carbohydrate must match their ancestral diets. Dogs are highly adapted to eat meat, and like all carnivores find it difficult to digest grains, these grains such as corn (maize), white rice, wheat & barley are commonly used in the majority of dog foods.
Even if your pet does not have allergies – most grains can be significantly less digestible and have limited nutritional value when compared to meat.
Why are dog food ingredient labels so confusing?
Like so many things in life, manufacturers can be very clever in how they list their ingredients (including human food) and use all sorts of loop holes to cover what is actually in the food you are feeding your beloved pet. We have listed above a number of things you should look out for on the label, and avoid feeding your dog if listed.
Why not take a look at the label on the bag of dog food that you currently feed your dog, and see if you can spot any of the information, phrases or wording listed below…
if you do – maybe nows the time to change your dog’s diet!
- The first ingredient on the list is NOT meat.
- The percentage (%) of meat is lower than the total percentage of grains/cereals.
- Protein is listed as “meat and animal derivatives”.
- It has added artificial preservatives / colourants or EC permitted additives.
- OR Derivatives of Vegetable Origin or Vegetable Protein Extracts.
- OR Cereals, Wheat, Rice or White Rice, Barley, Corn or Maize.
- OR Oils and Fats, Sugars, Sodium Chloride or Salt.
What can be confusing are terms like “Oils and Fats” – whilst your dog will benefit from this, by specifying it on the label this way, the manufacturer can use any fat, of any quality, from any type of animal, and you won’t know. Likewise, the term “Meat and Animal Derivatives” also may not be a bad thing, but it also means that the manufacturer can use very low-grade animal products, including some that are nutritionally very poor. Also, because the species isn’t specified, manufacturers are able to change their meat source between batches depending on what is available at the time – again you don’t know what you are feeding your dog.
You must ask yourself – “why is the manufacturer hiding what is going in their dog food?”
CONFUSED?? – we have done two things to help you….
Firsty we have created 4 ranges of dog foods, that are simply to understand, hide nothing from you, and provide your dog with a delicious and nutritious healthy diet. Click the button > for information on Taylors Dog Foods.
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