Dog Health Food Could You Be Accidentally Poisoning Your Golden Retriever?
Dog health food is fast becoming a vital part of your Golden Retriever's overall health. With more and more dog food recalls about, you really need to be informed about what is really going into the food that your giving to your best friend.
So now you need to keep a close eye on the news to make sure that your dogs food is safe for them to eat. Not only that, theres a lot of questions around the actual nutritional value of commercially produced dog food. As companies look for ways to increase profit margins, if they can find a cheaper alternative to existing ingredients, then theyre probably going to be using it.
Over 100 different types of dog food were recalled in 2007 due to contamination with melamine. This is a type of plastic and certainly shouldn't be in any dog food. Eventually the source was found to be rice protein and wheat gluten, neither of which have any real nutritional value for dogs. So at the end of the day it doesn't matter what the standards are at the US factory if they are using tainted ingredients in the first place.
This was a couple of years ago, but what has changed to prevenet it from happening again? Id say not enough when you think that human milk powder was discovered recently which was contaminated with melamine. And if this is happeneing in the human food industry, with its much stricter controls, then whats going to end up in our dog food? I know I dont want to be on a list of statistics of dog owners affected by the next batch of tainted dog food that ends up on the market. Today we need to not only make sure that our dogs are getting the right nutrition, but also we need to make sure that their food is actually safe for them to eat.
Apart from the accidental toxins that may end up in your Golden Retrievers food, what about the everyday ingredients? How safe are they really?
Often theres a toxic preservative called ethoxyquin present in dog food. It has been banned for human consumption for decades and has been linked to many serious canine diseases like cancer, liver and kidney failure along with many others. But this nasty chemical gets slipped into our dog food under another name or in another ingredient. If there's fish meal in your dog food, there's almost certainly ethoxyquin in there too. In most cases the only time youll see it listed is when they say its not there.
Now have a look and see if there's fish meal in your dog food and make sure that you're not harming your dog. The protein in fish is good but it certainly isn't worth the toxic additives that go along with it. Fish is a great source of omega 3 but it can contain nasty additives that aren't going to be listed.
This is just a small sample of the things that are really getting into your Golden Retriever's food. Dog health food is something that is becoming fast regarded as a standard precaution to ensure your dog's health. Best of all it's easy and fun too.
by: Mark Syme