Dry Food Dangerous for Pets
Dry Makes Dry Food Dangerous
There is nothing more dangerous for your dog than giving him predominantly dry food for a number of reasons. For one thing, dry makes dry food dangerous, because it makes urine concentrated and places stress on kidneys, leading to kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Dry food also expands in the stomach which causes gastric torsion, a potentially fatal condition, and liver problems. On the other hand, a well hydrated dog eating a high moisture diet will not have these problems. Quite the opposite of commercial food manufacturers’ claims, dry food does not clean your pets’ teeth, at the base near the gum line where it matters most, so it really offers no advantages in your pets’ diet.
Ingredients Make Dry Food Dangerous
Most dry food possesses an extremely high level of grains, usually soy and corn, which are especially difficult for your pets to digest. Some manufacturers promote rice and wheat as better substitutes for corn and soy, but high plant protein content of any kind undermines your pet’s health. Dogs and cats of all ages require a considerably higher percentage of animal protein for optimal health. Cats especially, as obligate carnivores, experience significant health problems such as kidney failure, obesity and fatty liver on anything other then a predominantly animal protein diet.
Meat based raw food diet for both cats and dogs has recently gained popularity and remains one of the best, if not the best, options when you follow common sense guidelines. As you would when handling raw meat for your personal consumption, keep the meat frozen until 2 days of feeding it to your pet if you buy frozen meats, and after 30-40 minutes, throw away all that is left in the dog`s bowl or set a timer to remind you to put it up to feed at another time. Fresh or thawed meat can be reasonably considered unspoiled for a period of 3 days. Wash the bowl, all the utensils and your hands after you are done serving the meat. If you opt for cooked or other processed food, choose canned food, freeze dried, or dehydrated food(the later two obviously require hydration prior to feeding to your pet). All these diets tend to have a much higher animal protein profile than any dry food on the market. High animal protein raw-food and cooked home made diets tend to be the best choices for maintaining acidic urinary pH level, essential to avoid kidney stones. Rather than ash content, its the higher animal protein content that has actually been proven to be the most reliable safeguard against FLUTD(Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) in both cats and dogs.
Recalls Make Dry Food Dangerous
Recalls on commercial pet food happen all the time, but you can avoid these risks with home made pet food. That way you know exactly what goes in it. You can find great nutritionally balanced recipes online for making both raw and cooked meals for both cats and dogs. When making your own pet food, you have the freedom to try different kinds of animal proteins and vegetables to see what they like the best and then change it up for best nutrition. Feeding your pets with variety of species appropriate food, supplemented by good quality vitamins is the key to their health. Supplementing your dog’s diet with the table scraps can also help it eat a more varied diet. Since dogs and humans are omnivorous, most of the diet which we humans eat is healthy for our dogs. There are some exceptions like onions, chocolate, grapes and raisins, but other than that, it is just fine to feed your dog with anything that is left. Keep in mind that once you do this, you`ll have to reduce the amount of dog food you give to your dog.