It’s a no brainier to think about the foods that you’re putting into your body; balanced meals, quality ingredients, high in nutritional value, low in preservatives and chemicals. What about what you’re feeding your pet?
Unfortunately, pet food companies do as much “health washing” as companies marketing to people. Health washing is the practice of using words and packaging that do not carry much value given that they are not specifically regulated (check out this post about decoding labels in the grocery store). Foods that seem colorful and nutritious are, in reality, full of dyes and preservatives! Just say no!
After a bit of researching, I found this article on yahoo — the BEST way to feed your pet is to make it yourself! Use quality ingredients and give your pet exactly what they need!
“Due to contaminated dog food scares recently, dog owners have become more concerned about the type of dog food they feed their pets. Because natural dog foods are just as easy to obtain as traditional commercial products and have healthier ingredients, they have become the product of choice.
As dogs require high amounts of protein in their diets the best natural dog food is made from a quality meat source. The freshest meat can be bought from a local butcher or meat processor. They can grind the meat for you and a bulk discount may even be available at these suppliers.
Always use good types of meat as the main ingredient when making natural dog food. Examples are roast, boneless steak, beef heart and liver, stewing meat and lean beef. Other meats you can use would be lamb or chicken parts that are boneless and skinless. Make sure the meat you are using is of high quality so that the food you be making is not only natural but of the highest quality.
Another key ingredient of your natural dog food will be vegetables. The best vegetables may include broccoli, sweet potatoes, yams, beets, parsnips, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin and squash. Select the freshest vegetables as these will contain the nutrients essential to your pets health. Some vegetables can cause damage to the cells or cause digestive problems in your pet. Some of these include tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, chard, onions, garlic, peas, spinach, beet greens and beans.
Do not over feed your dog. Take your dog’s weight and activity level into consideration when determining how much to feed them each day. You should try to feed them the same amount of food at the same time every day. Establishing a routine is good for your pet.
You can find many nutritious natural dog food recipes on the internet to use to prepare your dog’s food. Eliminating the fillers and preservatives and controlling the ingredients will improve your dog’s health. The highly nutritional natural minerals, enzymes and vitamins a pet will get from home cooked natural dog food with natural ingredients can’t be matched by a pre-cooked processed pellet of kibble. Your pet will get all natural human quality ingredients and the food you prepare won’t contain artificial flavors or preservatives.”
Of course, if you don’t have the time/resources, there are some very good quality dry/wet foods. Just make sure to research what you’re feeding them! Read the ingredients and decide whether it’s something you really want a member of your family to be eating!