Our Thoughts on Dog Food
Dogs originated from wolves, who are carnivores. As such, many people feel we should not provide our dogs any grains, as they are not built to digest and process them. However, others feel that, over time, dogs have adapted to being omnivores (there are even some very healthy dogs out there that are fed a strict vegan diet). Unfortunately, we don't really know who is right and who is wrong. We can only look at our pets right now and see that there are some growing problems in their health.
We all know nutrition plays a significant role in our overall health. Yes, there are some things that even the best diet and exercise programs cannot prevent. But, generally speaking, the better you eat, the better off you are. And the same holds true for our dogs.
With this in mind, it is proven that dogs cannot process grains as easily and efficiently as proteins. So why even bother to feed it? Because an all-protein diet is expensive. And there are questions regarding the effects on certain organs from an all protein diet.
There are other kinds of carbs we can feed our dogs rather than grains. Sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas, barley, rice - just to name a few. However, these are not grown in abundance like wheat, soy, and corn. Since most commercially produced dog foods are made from by-products of our human food, and since corn, wheat, and soy, are the most common carbs used in our foods, it has become commonplace to use these grains in the majority of dog foods on the market.
The ultra-high use of corn, wheat, and soy, and the fact that the majority of it is actually by-products, means that our dogs are getting carbs with very little nutrition left intact for their bodies. By-product means that the processing takes the "good" parts and uses it in our foods. What is left over is the by-product - and that is what we are giving our dogs. This is part of the problem. The other part is that we are "brain-washed" by the dog food companies into thinking that we should only feed our dogs one brand of food (in reality, it is just brand loyalty to the dog food companies). Our poor dogs get no change in their diet - just the same food, day after day, week after week, year after year. Actually, the protein your dog is eating should be rotated, for example from fish to poultry to venison/lamb/bison etc. Do not go for the same "flavor" each time. Your dog will love you!
What is in the food I feed?
Take a look at the ingredient list on your dog food bag - you really might want to consider making a switch. www.dogfoodadvisor.com does a nice job of evaluating diets, so look up your favorite! The Whole Dog Journal also evaluates dog foods every year, and does a very thorough job of explaining why diets make their very exclusive list.
Where do I purchase a quality food?
Meadow Run promotes and sells on location Dr. Gary's Best Breed dog food, as well as Flint River Ranch. When looking at high quality foods, remember that you will feed less because there are less fillers. This also means less waste to pick up from your yard. You will have a healthier dog who will shed less, and possibly have less ear and skin problems. Try making a change for the better!