Cooking Organic not just for the family… it's great for your dog!

Exactly what is in your pet's dog food?
By: Rebecca Henry

We all want the best for our family. We try to watch out for those devil foods that pollute our bodies and tamper with our children's growth. But what about our four legged friends? Are you paying attention to what goes into their stomachs? You might be shocked to find out exactly what mystery ingredients are in your pet's dog food.

So exactly what is in your pet's dog food? Have you checked your dog food label and read the term "animal by-products?" Ever wonder what that is? The definition for meat by-products by the Association of American Feed Control Officials is: 
“The non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal food. If it bears name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meat_by-product 
Animal by-products are also known as, 
"ground, rendered, and cleaned slaughtered meat carcass parts such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, bones, heads, and intestines (and a small amount of feathers in the case of chicken)." http://www.aplus-flint-river-ranch.com/define-animal-byproducts.php 

So basically we are feeding our best friends road kill! As if that wasn't a big enough shock, here are some other common ingredients in your ready package dog food that are harmful to your dog. Most dog food usually contains soy, grains and even corn. These ingredients can cause allergies and digestive tract problems to your pet. They are nothing more than cheap fillers with no health benefits to your dog's diet. If your dog is a breed that suffers from bloat (such as my dog is, a great dane) then this is a very important detail to pay attention to. Bloat can kill your pet; it is serious and extremely deadly. What makes this so serious is that name brand dog foods are deceiving us. Just because it has a high price tag doesn't mean that it is good for your pet.

A couple other reasons to scrutinize your current dog food label are:

1: The constant and dangerous recent pet food recalls causing problems in pets such as, renal failure, kidney failure, and salmonella contamination.

2: You should always check the "Best If Used By" date on canned or packed dog food.  Chances are it is at least a couple of months ahead of the time in which you purchase the product.

I love my two dogs, Genevieve, a Great Dane and Laverne, a toy doxin. Once my eyes were opened to the deceit from dog food companies, I made a drastic change in my pets’ diets. I now cook organic for both dogs. This may sound like a long, tedious and costly project, but it's not. I cook the dog food once a week in the afternoons when my day is slow. It only takes about 20 minutes to prepare.

Below are some links to free organic dog food recipes. But before you decide to go this route always make sure you consult your veterinarian and make sure you supplement with vitamins.

Tasty Dog Food Recipe Links:

Bon Appetite! 
About the author: Becky Henry is the exclusive author at InspiredGifts.com. She's also the proud mommy to 2 healthy furry friends, Laverne & Genevieve. Becky is pictured right with her babies.                                                                                                                                                                                  


tsue said...

Following you from Friday Follow.

Thank you for this wonderful and informative article!

You've really inspired me to (gulp) check the label of my boy's food. (it's a premium brand - but I'm still afraid to look!)


♥Yaya's Mommy ♥ said...

Following you back. :)

InspiredGifts.com said...

Hi Tsue!
Thanks for stopping by! haha I was afraid to look at my dogs food too.
I was shocked to learn I gave them road kill...yikes!

Have a great weekend :)

Denise said...

Following you from Friday Follow!

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