Must Read: Dog Food Ingredients

Over the years, I have tried numerous brands of dog food. I have gone top dollar down to the inexpensive brands, trying to find the “right” food that works best for my dogs. It’s confusing and frustrating all at the same time. I like so many others, trusted the companies who were selling us these products. But to be honest, I have learned they are NOT to be trusted! All of it can be very confusing, even for us “experts”.
There are some concerns about reports of canine heart disease, known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), in dogs that are in certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as their main ingredient. Also, grain free foods are linked to DCM. Taurine Deficiency is one explanation. Taurine is an amino acid- a building block of protein, that is essential for carnivores. Taurine deficiency is well documented as potentially leading to DCM, according to the FDA,
I have recently joined a Facebook group called “Taurine-Deficient (Nutritional) Dilated Cardiomyopathy. I have learned so much in such a short time. I highly recommend anyone with a dog join this group and as I always state, “educate yourself”.
After much reading and researching, I have chosen to put my dogs on Purina Pro Plan. There are many varieties to the Pro Plan (Savor, Sport, Focus, etc.) and each variety of those has a different variety/flavors within. I have my dogs on the Savor Salmon and Rice and my puppies will be on one of the puppy varieties. There are only a few foods that meet the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) guidelines. They are: Purina, Royal Canine, Eukanuba, Iams and Science Diet.
There are many factors that play into dog food and finding the right one can be overwhelming, believe me, I know first hand. Only you can make the right decision for your dog and what works best. All I can do is learn myself and try and educate others. My best advice is: DO YOUR HOMEWORK/RESEARCH.

Published on April 23, 2019 at 12:27 pm  Comments Off on Must Read: Dog Food Ingredients  
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