Pet Foods Research Paper

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All pet foods are the same.
This is the same as saying all sausages are the same. They may be a similar shape and size, but what has gone into them, how they taste and their nutritional qualities are completely different. For example a supermarket economy sausage made with 20% meat, lots of rusk and colourings cannot be compared with a 95% meat premium brand.
The best way to compare ingredients is to look at the first 5 ingredients to see if they are from named whole foods that you would recognise, especially meats. The fact is, a higher quality natural dog food will contain whole fresh meats as their primary protein source (not meals, by-products or grains) and these are the most costly.
If a dog food is cheap (under £50per 15kg) then the
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Note: All commercial pet food manufacturers (including raw) must treat the food to kill any unwanted bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli.
Myth 7:
Changing pet food brands is hard on your dog’s digestion
A healthy dog can eat different high quality foods regularly without problems. The most important things to avoid if changing regularly are ingredients which they may have a sensitivity to or ingredients that are significantly different in quantity, such as grains which in some foods can make up to 70% of the ingredients as opposed to less than 10% in others.
Dogs thrive on nutrient variety so if you find a dry food that works well for you and them; stick with that but use a little less on some days and then give them fresh meat, fruits and vegetables for variety.
Myth 8:
Dogs should not eat grains.
The reason grains have had a bad press is because many pet food manufacturers have used low quality grains as fillers with the sole purpose of bulking out the food and increasing their profit
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Some are most definitely bad for your dog, whereas other products where the manufacturer’s ethics and philosophies are consistent with the ingredients would be very good for your dog. Find those companies who take care in choosing the ingredients for their food and put the health or your dog first. Remember, these won’t be the cheaper brands!
Myth 10:
Fat is bad for my dog
No. Fats are an extremely important part of a dog’s diet, providing essential nutrients. They are the main source of energy (one gram of fat supplies 2.4 times the energy of one gram of protein or carbohydrates).
A normal, healthy dog’s diet should provide about 10-15 percent fat. The time when fat does become a problem is when owners feed fatty table scraps or treats high in calories and additives (such as Dentastix which have 60 calories each and lots of added nasty’s).
If fat levels are too low for a dog they can develop dry, itchy skin, a dull coat and suffer from a diminished immune system along with other potential health problems.
As always, if you feed a high quality food with named fat sources in the correct proportions, your dog will get the nutrients they need to keep them in peak

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