Following on from the clearer labelling article I produced, I’ve been delving deeper into what actually constitutes as a good, healthy dog food, and what you should avoid.
When you grab a tin or a bag of food, take a look on the list of ingredients. If you see “meat and animal derivatives” then you can guarantee you are probably getting everything left over from decent cuts of meat or poultry. So that’s everything fleshy that’s left, bones, fat, feet, the lot. Bones from all sorts of animals in the food chain too. So you think you’re feeding Rover a nice tin of chicken, but you’re actually feeding him chicken skin, bit of chicken liver, crushed pork bones, bit of venison bone, turkey feet (but not the nails) and sometimes diseased organs which have been bundled together and pushed past a chicken breast. Ideally you don’t want your furry friends food to contain any of this as it’s practically the contents of a restaurant’s dustbin.
Propylene Glycol. In layman’s terms: antifreeze. There’s one complete dog food on the market right now that has that as one of it’s ingredients. I won’t name it just yet, but you can find out which one a bit later on. Here is what their food consists of:
As you can gather, everything in red is what responsible owners should avoid feeding their furry friends. This one actually ranks as 0.1 out of 5 on the sites food rating and for a very well known brand, it’s pretty disgusting.
Next to avoid, cereal. A very broad term for basically any kind of grain, be it maize, barley, rice, or wheat. It doesn’t always mean it’s bad but when it’s listed as the very first ingredient (as seen above) it’s definitely more filler than food. It’s like making an egg sandwich and replacing the yolk of the egg with half a pound of white overcooked rice yet still marketing and selling it as an egg sandwich. Get my drift. You might say, but HuMum, maize is healthy in some food and I’d reply, yes, it is in a small amount, but it can also lead to food intolerance and allergies so is best avoided.
Digest, that’s another one too and it’s not for the fact that it’s from animal tissue, it’s actually because of the way that they extract it from the flesh and tissue that hasn’t been decomposed that’s the issue. They basically use heat, acid and water to extract the indigestible parts from leaving what’s left that will easily pass through your dog’s digestion. Sounds yummy, does it not?
Then we come to good stuff. What should you be looking for when you’re wanting to feed your furry friend the very best food?
Basically stuff that has a real name, and not a “derivative” or from a long list of “various.” If you would eat it and wouldn’t be put off by the label, then your furry friend would probably be the same.
Here’s what a 5 out of 5 score on the food rating site would look like:
See all the green text? That’s all the good stuff in it, named fully. Now I’d be more than happy to feed that to my furbabies than that first list of “derived from” goop. If you feed your dog the 5/5 food then you are guaranteed to be giving him/her the most nutritious food on the market. This is your egg sandwich with double yolk, on crusty, just out of the oven, buttered bread, cut and served with handmade chunky chips.
Yes it might be higher in price, but I will bet you that on good, healthy food your dog will have far less health problems, meaning less vet visits than they will on a wheat filled bag of crushed animal bones and anti-freeze. I know what food mine will be eating from now on.
Here’s some rated brands to be going on with:
- Poppy’s Picnic – 5/5 (although it didn’t agree with Pea as it made him too subdued)
- Billy & Margot Complete Wet Food – 4.9/5
- Cotswold Raw – 4.9/5
- Lily’s Kitchen Tins with Brown Rice – 4.6/5
- Lily’s Kitchen Puppy Tins – 4.5/5
- Canagans Dry – 4.6/5
- Nature’s Menu Pouches (Senior, Junior and Light) – 4.5/5
- Nature’s Menu Adult/Junior Cans 4.6/5
- Nature Diet Grain Free Wet – 4.5/5
- Natural Instinct – 4.9/5
Oh, and that brand that scored practically nothing out of 5 – Bakers. That one is best avoided.
If you want to check if the food you feed your furry friend is good or bad. Pop over to All About Dog Food, check out the Directory or better still, input your ingredients into the Instant Dog Food Review and see what score it gets.
Only feed your friends the best, they’ll love you forever for it.