BAD DOG FOOD INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD
Reduce dog allergies, arthritis in dogs, chronic gastrointestinal problems in dogs, chronic skin/ear issues, and extend your dog's life. Avoid BAD DOG FOOD INGREDIENTS such as by-products, rendered products, corn, chemical additives and more listed below.
BAD DOG FOOD INGREDIENTS EXPLAINED
BEEF AND BONE MEAL – (protein source):
A byproduct made from beef parts which are not suitable for human consumption.It can incorporate the entire cow, including the bones, but the quality cuts of meat are always removed.
This is an inexpensive, low quality ingredient used to boost the protein percentage
Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts either not desired, or condemned, for human consumption.This can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feet, and feathers. – This can also include the dreaded 4 D’s – ( Dead, dying, diseased or dying prior to slaugther).
The animal parts used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination.
Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters and so on. It can also include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue.
Considered a protein source.
The animal parts used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination.
Any kind of animal can be included: “4-D animals” (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters and so on.
It can also include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue.
– (Fat source):
Used to make lower quality dog foods palatable, instead of using quality fat sources such as nutritionally rich chicken fat, or human grade vegetable oil.
– (Fat Source):
Animal fat is a “generic” fat source that is most often made up of rendered animal fat, restaurant grease, or other oils too rancid or deemed inedible for humans.
Look for a named fat source, such as poultry or chicken fat, that is naturally preserved.
Also listed as:
- Corn flour
- Corn bran
- Corn gluten meal
*NOTE: no redeemable nutritious value in any dog food listing corn as their first ingredient.
Simply avoid all dog food brands that have corn as the main ingredient. (Some companies are fighting back by claiming corn is just as good as meat for the main energy (protein) source) ???? Just remember corn is used because it is cheap, which in turn increases the big companies profits.
It is a useless filler that is a known cause of allergies and is difficult for dogs to digest.
Also known to contain mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins are deadly molds, prone to grow on many common pet food ingredients, most commonly corn.
This has caused previous dog food recalls and many deaths in the past.
Mycotoxins contaminate cereal grains worldwide, and their presence in pet food has been a potential health threat to companion animals. Aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and Fusarium mycotoxins have been found in both raw ingredients and final products of pet food around the globe. Aflatoxin, a hepatotoxin and carcinogen, has caused several food poisoning outbreaks in dogs, and aflatoxin content is regulated in pet food in many countries…………..
This is the remainder of the corn after the best parts of the corn have been removed.It does absolutely nothing for the animal and actually is difficult to digest and is used as a cheap binder.
Wheat is the leading cause of dog allergies.
Absolutely useless with no nutritional value whatsoever.This is the fine particles of wheat bran, wheat germ, and the offal from the “tail of the mill.”
“Tail of the mill” means the floor sweepings of leftovers in the mill after everything has been processed from the wheat.
– (Filler/Fibre source/Carbohydrate source):
Low cost by-products and left overs from another food manufacturing process.
Examples include WHEAT MIDDLINGS AND SHORTS, (Floor sweepings), WHEAT GERM MEAL, WHEAT BRAN and BREWER'S RICE (a waste product of the alcohol industry).Also look for and avoid fragments which are labelled POTATO PRODUCT, MIDDLINGS/MIDS or MILL RUN of any kind.Unspecified grain sources like :CEREAL FOOD FINES, CORN BRAN, OAT HULLS, RICE HULLS, PEANUT HULLS, DISTILLERS GRAIN FERMENTATION SOLUBLES, and last but not least CELLULOSE (which is wood which is dried and ground up)
*NOTE: These ingredients listed above are all ALLOWED AS ACCEPTABLE INGREDIENTS IN THE AAFCO GUIDELINES!!!!!!
Another cheap allergy causing ingredient used as a filler. This is the leftover “dust” after the healthy cleaned and dehulled soybeans are processed. Sometimes sweepings from the factory floor.
– (carbohydrate source)
A cheap substitute for whole grain rice.
– (flavour source) :
Also listed as Cane molasses , corn syrup in any form, sugar, sorbitol, sucrose, fructose, glucose, ammoniated glycyrhizin, propylene glycol.) :
Useless, unnecessary and adds empty calories. Bad ingredients used by companies to make food more palatable to the animals if the ingredients themselves aren't enough to make the dog or cat actually want to eat it.
Used to cover up rotten and rancid foods, and is known to cause hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies.
– (flavouring agent)
Unspecified parts of unspecified animals, cooked down into a goopy broth (rendered) and used as a spray on or added directly to the food.
The grease that rises to the top is used as a source of fat and the rest of the mash is dried and used as “meat meal”.
No quality control is used and this can include “4-D animals” (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters, restaurant and supermarket refuse and so on.
All these undesirable ingredients & by products are “denatured” before rendering.
Denaturing is spraying crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant or citronella on these dregs. ( *NOTE: THESE DENATURING PRODUCTS ARE TOXIC.)
(Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Titanium Dioxide):
Any colouring is completely unnecessary and should be avoided. Your dog doesn't care about the pretty coloured shapes, and artifical dyes and colouring agents are known cancer causing agent, and also causes allergies.
Used in “junk dog food”.
Used in antifreeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent.
May be toxic if consumed in large amounts, and should definitely not be an ingredient in a food an animal will eat daily for weeks, months or even years of its life.
This is not allowed for use in Europe as the findings have shown it to be dangerous.
Banned from human use in many countries but still permitted in the US.
Possible human carcinogen, apparently carcinogenic in animal experiments.
Ethoxyquin has also been used as a pesticide for fruit.
It has never been proven to be safe for the lifespan of a companion animal.
It has been linked to thyroid, kidney, reproductive and immune related illnesses as well as cancer.
Used in Kibbles n Bits –
I really can’t find out why they use it but it is a caustic chemical agent used in the production of chlorides, fertilizers, and dyes.
Hydrochloric acid can cause immediate pain and burns of the mouth, throat, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract.
Simple common sense would indicate not to use this as a pet food ingredient!
*NOTE: MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE
This synthetic version of vitamin K has not been specifically approved for long term use, such as in pet food. It has been linked to many serious health issues. If you are not aware of this, it sounds like one of the healthy vitamins, but beware.
- The MSDS guide states :
- “Potential Chronic Health Effects:
- CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: 3 (Not classifiable for humans) by IARC.
- MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.
- The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes.
- Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.”
ARE DOGS CARNIVORES?
Bad Dog Food Ingredients fed on a regular, daily basis for the life of your dog will cause more harm than we previously knew. It is basically like us eating hotdogs daily, with a side of a multi vitamin for the rest of our lives. We all know that is unhealthy.
DOGS ARE CARNIVORES, following the long ancestral history as canids. They need meat, not corn as the main protein in their diets.
Dogs are facultative carnivores, not omnivores, don't be fooled into thinking they are omnivores because they can eat more than just meat:
The definition of carnivore is:
“ an organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging. Animals that depend solely on animal flesh for their nutrient requirements are considered obligate carnivores while those that also consume non-animal food are considered facultative carnivores.”
Dogs ARE very adaptable, but just because they can survive on an omnivorous diet does not mean it is the best diet for them. The assumption that dogs are natural omnivores remains to be proven, whereas the truth about dogs being natural carnivores is very well-supported by the evidence available to us.
Here are a few quick references about dogs and their genetics and the ongoing debate of omnivore vs. carnivore. If we assume our domesticated dogs are descendants of the wolf (which I do) then the biology is in line with carnivorous behavior. Over many years though of domestication they have adapted to a more facultative carnivorous diet.:
- Dogs: The Omnivore-Carnivore Question by Dr. Jeannie Thomason & Dr. Kim Bloomer
- Myth: DOGS ARE OMNIVORES
- Dogs are Carnivores by Dr. Christine King @ animavet.com
- THE BIG DEBATE: ARE DOGS CARNIVORES OR OMNIVORES?
- Carnivore Or Omnivore? By Vet Christopher Day – “A dog is not an omnivore. A dog is a facultative carnivore. In my opinion, the dog is a card-carrying carnivore with an ability to live off other materials and to survive without meat. However, surviving is not necessarily a position of optimal health.”
- Dogs and Cats Are Carnivores by Vet Dr. Karen Becker
- Dispelling the Omnivore myth by Dr. Zoran D. Jankovic, Veterinary Surgeon
- Canid Genetics by Robert K. Wayne, Ph.D. “Molecular evolution of the dog family” Theoretical and Applied Genetics
The domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the gray wolf, differing from it by at most 0.2% of mtDNA sequence….
In comparison, the gray wolf differs from its closest wild relative, the coyote, by about 4% of mitochondrial DNA sequence.”
- Dog Food Advisor – Opinion Are Dogs Carnivors?
- Dogs are Carnivores, by Jeannie Thomason.
- Nature Works – Carnivores
- What is a Carnivore?
- Op Ed News, Are Dogs Carnivores?
- When and where your dog evolved from the wolf
- Carnivore: any animal that eats meat as the main part of its diet (such as canids) – Source: Boundless. “Herbivores, Omnivores, and Carnivores.” Boundless Biology. Boundless, 21 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 06 Oct. 2015 from: https://www.boundless.com/biology/textbooks/boundless-biology-textbook/animal-nutrition-and-the-digestive-system-34/digestive-systems-195/herbivores-omnivores-and-carnivores-746-11979/
Variety and addition of a mixture of healthy food will extend your pet's life.