You are what you eat. This age old adage applies not only to humans but it’s also applicable to animals as well. Unless you want your dog to have a shorter lifespan and/or suffers from diseases, we all should find out and understand what to look out for when selecting balanced diet for dogs.
SELECTING BALANCED DIET FOR DOGS
Whenever I go for my regular runs, I will inevitable hear people whispering “aww, how cute” in my direction. My ego gets inflated for a short while, only to realize that they were in fact commenting on my dog that’s running with me #firstworldproblems.
Ok jokes aside, but the reason why my dog can go for extended runs with me is that I feed her with food that I believe is healthy for them. Selecting balanced diet for dogs can be a daunting task as there are so many information out there, and each dog is different.
I did some extensive research online regarding selecting balanced diet for dogs, and I am going to narrow down on the types of nutrients that are apparently good for dogs, and those ingredients that I should avoid when I select their meals for them.
Top Ingredients To Look When Selecting Balanced Diet for Dogs
Meat vs Meat Meals
This should be a no-brainer. Dogs are carnivorous in nature, and forcing them to go on a pure vegan diet will be tough for them. When I choose products, I make sure that real meat and not just meals listed at the top of the list.
Now you may ask why top of the list? Well, this is because companies that produces food are subject by the law to provide a complete listing of ingredients that they have use for the making of the product, and it’s sorted by weight. So, the 1st ingredient you see would have the highest weightage as compared to the next one etc.
Whats the difference between meat and meat meals?
Essentially meat is the clean flesh that is obtained from slaughtered mammals, and it is strictly limited to meat that is found in the tongue, diaphragm, heart and esophagus. It may also include the fat and other tissue accompanying the muscle group, similar to the raw meat that are sold to humans. However, this does not include bones. The protein level for pure meat can be at a maximum of 25%.
Meat meals are essentially processed meat made from various animals. Always look at the raw content in making the meat meals to be sure of what your dog is actually consuming. It is made by a process called rendering, whereby the meat is overcooked, taking away the moisture and baking the residue. The protein level for meat meals are usually much higher at a maximum of 60-70%.
So ultimately, it is the owner’s discretion on what is best for their dogs and their intended purposes. I advocate going for pure meat as I believe in meat that is not processed at all. Those people who “inform” you that raw meat isn’t good are completely ignorant. Consuming raw meat is essentially dangerous because of Salmonella and E. Coli. However, dog’s digestive traits are more than well-equipped to counter that danger. The high acidicity of the enzymes in the dog’s system exterminates all of those before they can penetrate their bloodstream.
Grain Free Food
Another no-brainer. This is relatively simple. Dogs do not have the biological assets for grains. Also, one of the reasons why dogs are overweight now is because they are consuming too much of the said ingredient. Grain itself isn’t that bad. It’s the over consumption of it that’s painting it a dark picture.
When selecting balanced diet for dogs, we have to note that while vegetables are non-essential ingredients. we can add these into their diet as they are a good source of minerals and vitamins. Howevver, there are some vegetables that are dangerous for dogs. It includes Avocados, Onions, Garlics,
Fruits too are non-essential to a dog’s diet. But perhaps when selecting balanced diet for dogs, then we can add these in too! Do note that grapes and cherries are actually poisonous to dogs, so do be mindful of this.