Pet Food

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Dogs and cats need a nutrient-rich food to promote excellent health, strong bones, teeth, and a rich coat. A healthy diet includes premium human-grade organic ingredients such as chicken, wild salmon, beef or buffalo, probiotics, vegetables, amino acids, antioxidants, fatty acids, mico-nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

These factors promote a perfect balance of antibodies, growth factors to protect against diseases and strengthen the immune system with anti-inflammatory action inhibiting the development of arthritis, improved liver function, digestion and cardiovascular health.

A Wish for Animals recommends Great Life’s raw food layered on holistic kibble for your dog!

Check out the ingredients listed in these name-brand dog foods:

Eukenuba Adult: Chicken, chicken by-product mealcorn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain barley, chicken fatfish mealBrewers rice

Iams Adult: Chicken, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken by-product meal, ground whole grain barley meal, fish mealchicken fat, dried beet pulp

Kibbles ‘N Bits: Corn, soybean meal, ground wheat, beef & bone mealanimal fat(BHA6 and citric acid used as preservatives), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing

Pedigree: Ground yellow cornmeat and bone mealcorn gluten mealchicken by-product mealanimal fat (preseved with BHA/BHT6), wheat mill run, natural poultry flavor, rice, salt

Proplan Adult: Chicken, Brewers rice, whole grain wheat, poulty by-product mealcorn gluten mealbeef tallowwhole grain corncorn bran

Purina Beneful: Ground yellow cornchicken by-product mealcorn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow, rice flour, soy flour, sugar

Purina Dog Chow: Ground yellow cornpoultry by-product mealcorn gluten meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherolsbrewers rice, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate

Science Diet Original: Chicken, corn meal, ground grain sorghum, ground wheat, chicken by-product mealbrewers rice, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA6, propyl gallate 6 and citric acid)

Pet Food Ingredient Glossary

Check your pet food to see if it contains any of these ingredients:

Meat by-products: Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts either not desired, or condemned, for human consumption. This can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feet, and feathers.

Corn: Corn products are difficult for dogs to digest.

Food Fragments: Lower cost by-products of another food manufacturing process. Examples include wheat bran and brewer’s rice (a waste product of the alcohol industry).

Meat and bone meal: “Meat and bone meal” and “beef and bone meal” are inexpensive sources of animal protein. The protein in a meal containing a large amount of bone may be poorly digestible and fail to provide adequate nutrition.

Animal Fat: Animal fat is a “generic” fat source that is most often made up of rendered animal fat, restaurant grease, or other oils too rancid or deemed inedible for humans. Look for a named fat source, such as poultry or chicken fat, that is naturally preserved.

Chemical Preservatives: Chemical preservatives include butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used as a less-toxic version of automotive antifreeze), and ethoxyquin. BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are potentially cancer-causing agents. The long term build-up of these chemicals (that may be eaten every day for the life of your pet!) have not been thouroughly studied and may ultimately be harmful.

Sweeteners: Sweeteners such as corn syrup, sugar, and cane molasses are usually added to lower quality foods to increase their appeal. Dietary sugars can aggravate health problems, including diabetes.

Beef Tallow: A low quality fat product.

References:

The Animal Protection Institute, “What’s Really in Pet Food.”, January 29, 2002.

Kerns, Nancy “Choose the Best Dry Food.”, The Whole Dog Journal, February 2000, 13-17.