Treat your Best Friend to Homemade Dog Food
It seems the old adage is true, we are what we eat. In the case of our pets, they are what we feed them. With increasing concerns over the safety of commercially manufactured pet foods, owners have taken it upon themselves to learn more about the benefits of switching to homemade dog food. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money making your pet’s food and the benefits could be well worth it. So treat your dog to a more holistic approach to eating with natural homemade pet foods.
What’s Really in Commercial Pet Food?
To better understand what we pour into our pet’s dishes, it’s important to look at the ingredient label. Many popular brands, and their generic alternatives, contain either meat by-products or meat and bone meal; terms that seem to have settled nicely into our collective conscience. What exactly are meat by-products? Defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), meat by-products are non-meat portions of slaughtered animals, including lungs, bone, brain, intestines, blood, kidneys and stomachs, which are not fit for human consumption. Meat by-products, and the other substandard ingredients and fillers found in pet foods, are less nutritious and could be a contributing factor to the increased risk of cancer and other life threatening diseases. Surprisingly, the AAFCO neglects to mention that current guidelines legally allow for the use of diseased, dead, denatured and dying livestock, road kill and even euthanized pets.
While this information should be sufficient enough to thoroughly gross you out, it’s important to remember that knowledge is power. Armed with this disturbing information, pet owners are capable of making changes to better the lives of their companions.