How does your Dog Food Brand compare?
Are you concerned about the dry food your Golden Retriever or canine companion is eating? Looking for detailed information about certain food ingredients? Confused about inconsistent information about dog food from pet food manufacturers? Need help comparing dog food brands and finding a better one?
Then you are exactly where I was when I first heard about the disgusting materials some pet food manufacturers put into their products. I picked up a bag of Science Diet and consciously looked at the ingredient list for the first time. Even without any previous knowledge I could see that it did not include any real meat and was preserved with the same chemicals I avoid in human food products. I never bought another bag of Science Diet and started researching and comparing products. One of the things I learned was that any commercial sources are best avoided if you want hard facts, not biased “infomercial” style sales pitches trying to sell you one product or another. Hopefully you will find this site helpful, make up your own mind about different food brands and their quality, choose a better food and who knows – maybe even save some money.
Commercial Dry Foods – Introduction
If you have read about dog food on other websites, you might ask “Why do you recommend any dry dog food at all? Shouldn’t I avoid all commercial products and just feed a home cooked or raw diet?”
The answer is simple -Yes you should but not everyone has the time, money, resources or dedication to feed a properly balanced homemade diet and not all commercial dog foods are made from low quality ingredients and inexpensive byproducts, only meeting the bare minimum of nutritional requirements. The philosophies and ethics of manufacturers vary widely and it is my goal to make as much information available as possible so you can form your own opinion about what is a good food and what isn’t. If enough pet owners make a conscious choice, avoid the “junk food” and support trustworthy manufacturers by buying their quality products, maybe it will send a message to the companies who are happy to sell you bags of beef “flavored” corn or rice byproducts.
Fortunately, changes are already happening. More and more smaller, privately owned businesses are entering the market with quality products. Almost every pet food manufacturer that is owned by a corporate giant is following the example of the successful smaller companies, trying to secure themselves a piece of the “natural” or “holistic” segment of the market. Royal Canin offers “Natural Blend” and “Sensible Choice”, Heinz Pet Products offers “Nature’s Recipe” and Colgate-Palmolive offers Science Diet “Nature’s Best” and “Advanced Protection”. Even the low-end range on the grocery store shelf has candidates like Purina “Beneful”.
In some cases a quick look at the ingredient list reveals whether the product is made of quality components or not, in others it takes more knowledge about individual ingredients to determine which food is the better one. Of course every company is going to tell you that they are using only the best quality ingredients, but the constitutional right to freedom of speech does not require such statements to be truthful.
Let that sink in for a moment.
It’s your responsibility as a pet owner to look past the pretty pictures of fresh cuts of meat and juicy vegetables, the cute commercials and the misleading, biased information about “proper nutrition” and question the statements the manufacturer makes. If you can’t locate enough information on my website, or doubt any of its content, make use of your email and discuss things with the manufacturers directly. If you are concerned about a particular ingredient, get several different opinions and compare the statements.
The Dog Food Project is written by Sabine Contreras
Sabine Contreras: At school in Germany attended Biology and Chemistry classes for 8 and 6 consecutive years respectively and during her 2 1/2 year professional apprenticeship, nutrition/dietetics was part of the accompanying education, and the final written and oral exams by the state of Baden-Württemberg.After completing coursework in Animal Nutrition, Care, Physiology, Diseases and Parasitology, Sabine earned her certification in Animal Care from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
This article is only a very shortened version of a website called the “Dog Food Project”. If you have taken the time to resource a good breeder and have picked out the pup of your dreams, it is now time to learn how to keep your pup healthy for the rest of it’s life. This is merely an introduction to peek interest in a website I highly recommend to my clients and use often. I hope you find it as informative and enlightening as I did. Sabina also provides an email to contact her.
please visit: http://www.dogfoodproject.com