Are There Natural Dog Foods?

Are There Natural Dog Foods? Natural Commercial Dog Foods. As humans, we expect the “natural” label to mean “foods that come from nature”. For dog… Organic Pet Foods. The amount of organic dog food on the market is small.

Natural Diets vs. Commercial Diets

How Natural are Natural Dog Food Ingredients? Are They Good for Dog Health? Is There a Natural Dog Food Recipe? Alternative Treats for Healthy Dogs Canned Cat Food Ingredients (from catfood.com): 2 percent Pet food Grain High fructose corn syrup Soybean oil Beef fat Corn syrup Shredded Chicken breast Potassium phosphate Honey Yeast Vitamins Sodium phosphate Prices Canned cat food from Purina requires a kibble mix with more than two percent protein. Since the manufacture of kibble is most efficient when the protein content of the feed is above 20 percent, Purina plans to transition to smaller-protein kibbles in response to the new nutritional guidelines. These will include ingredients such as corn, oats and legumes.

Natural Commercial Dog Foods

Commercial pet food brands have large advertising budgets, and are almost always formulated with additives to control illnesses in dogs and put them on a healthy diet. A brand such as Evanger’s offers “Gourmet Meals” to feed both animals and children. One thing to be aware of: a large percentage of “Gourmet Meals” are produced in China. See my recent post on Evanger’s Dog Food Recall for more information. The above brands are what we have come to know as “natural” dog foods. In 2013, I wrote a post entitled “Why I Use Natural Dog Foods” (You can read it for yourself on the companion blog). In that post I talked about why I choose not to feed my dog any kind of “real food” products.

Organic Pet Foods

It is unlikely that your dog will be consuming enough “organic” ingredients to meet the recommended dietary allowance for dog food. Organic products do not meet FDA standards. Natural Dog Food One option for food is the natural foods pet food market. Organic Organic dog food does not come from or include corn or soy. Beeswax Unlisted ingredients: Diatomaceous earth (containing calcium) Salt (sodium chloride) Sodium carbonate (sodium bicarbonate) Magnesium carbonate (magnesium chloride) Jute Marrow Glycerin Glycerin gum Mango extract Hemp seed extract Fats (a.k.a. hairball risk) Vinegar (a.k.a. stomach acids) Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C) Flax seed extract Lemons, limes and lemons Castor oil (a.k.a.

Raw Diets

A raw diet is one that contains raw meat. The meat itself is obtained from a prepared carcass. Raw food is not as easy to find as cooked, processed, or processed meat. Ingredient Choice Ingredient Choice: With dry kibble, the food manufacturers put the eggs, rice, wheat, corn, soy, and meat together. However, when you opt for a raw diet, you can choose all the ingredients you want. Harshness or Texture Harshness or Texture: You will find different textures in dog foods. Usually, dogs that are house pets are much more relaxed with softer textures. In general, natural dog foods are more balanced, softer, and sweeter. Dry food is normally more rough and harder. Stress Stress and Flea Problems: Dry foods can be very challenging for dogs to digest.

Home-Cooked Diet

Home-cooked diets will be different depending on the breed and individual dog. A good, and easy to follow, cooking regimen can be found on this website. The list above is for “human” food. Some dogs have an intolerance to grains, or are allergic to different parts of the canines diet. A mixture of canned or home-cooked foods are usually OK. Dietary Vitamins Dietary Vitamins are often prescribed for dogs who are deficient in vitamins and minerals. You can often get these with kibble or premix, or make your own vitamin concoctions yourself. Other Home Remedies Try acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. Compiled with help from Suzy Francis, The Dog Bark Be sure to add any necessary precautions in your own dos and don’ts section, based on your dog’s age, breed, and dietary needs.