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This short article would like to specifically address the important essentials of feeding your canine pet correctly. Again, it is a generalized overview of what needs to be done, but there is something a little different being added this time around, especially for those who still consider themselves to be new dog handlers. Much like the need for humans to focus on organic produce and free range protein sources in their healthy daily dietary requirements, there is a new emphasis being made to only feed your dog natural dog food.

So this post on healthy nutritional requirements for dogs focuses all attention on what to look out for where natural alternatives to feeding your dog are concerned. Because this topic is rather lengthy, not all interesting information can be included at this time, only some brief notes. So, do yourself and your best-loved pal a favor and do this. Take the above article heading and insert it into your search engine field, and then see what additional information you can come up with.

And so for the next few lines, our focus will be on what to avoid in the strive to feeding your dog as naturally as possible. To simplify your reading and information we’ll simply banner our bullets on what to avoid when sourcing food from the supermarket or specialized pet store retailer with this big and bold statement;


  • Generic meatsGeneric meats for dogs include meat meal, animal digest and animal by-products. You can also pick these up by defining them as named proteins and fats. In essence, when you source such poor quality (and often cheaper) pet foods, you will never know entirely what true ingredients have been added. Nevertheless, you will see these clearly on the product packs that you pick up in your store. Poultry fat is considered to be healthy enough for the dog. It is also rather tasty. Also, it forms part of your new paradigm in regard to only feeding your dog natural food.
  • Gluten meal – Gluten meal comes mainly in two forms, namely corn gluten meal and wheat gluten meal. These ingredients, as it turns out, are entirely unnecessary and are defined deviously as filler ingredients. These fillers have been deviously designed to falsely boost protein deficiencies in poor quality processed dog foods. Importantly, rice protein concentrate (rice is not good for the dog in any case) and soy protein are part and parcel of the same inefficient and harmful protein filler modus operandi. The jury is still out on this one but the argument goes that the avoidance of gluten meal does not necessarily mean that you need to exclude all grains, especially those deemed to be organic, from your dog’s diet.
  • BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin – BHA is butylated hydroxyanisole, while BHT is butylated hydroxytoluene. These confusingly-named ingredients (just remember the acronyms for now the next time you need to source packaged dog food) are essentially artificial preservatives which do the canine’s health no added turn of good. Quality dog food with the new bent of only using, or using as many of it as possible, natural ingredients, try as far as possible to avoid such ingredients.

Those with cats in the house may also be interested to know that fish meal, also to be avoided, includes ethoxyquin in its toxic mix of ingredients. Ultimately, what it all boils down to is this. Feed your dog (and cat) as naturally as possible and you will be avoiding the above-named ingredients. In regard to sourcing your meat-based proteins, try as far as possible to use free-range ingredients. That way you will be ensuring that your dog’s diet is as free of bacterial content as possible.

Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. Plenty more information on the internet if you’re interested, as you should be.




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