I was about six years old when I got my first dog. My Aunt Cookie said I could have and name one of the litter. The one I chose was a chocolate lab and, I proudly called her Poochy.
My fondest memories of her were when she was a tiny pup. She would fall asleep in the giant dog food dish meant to feed all the dogs. As she got older, her head and legs would stick out of the bowl until one day; she simply did not fit anymore. I wished I had a picture to share with you of her back then. She looked at me as the most content dog in the world.
What we did
As Alaska Natives, we fed our dogs, including Poochy, lots of salmon and seafood as it was free or cheap to obtain; after all, we lived that way. We fed them everything we ate and then some. I have learned a lot since then about what to feed dogs.
Dog Food Universe has been seeking to educate those seeking the truth about the worst dog food NOT to feed their dogs. Dog food comes in many forms, such as human food, dry food, wet food, and pretty much anything a dog will eat. Pet munchies are broken down into three categories, just like humans: proteins, carbohydrates, and fatty acids.
We believe that it is the nutrients you need to be concerned about rather than the ingredients. This is a tricky wag, though, since some ingredients such as tainted corn can have killed dogs this year, 2021. Therefore, the nutrients and their quality need to be considered as digestibility and absorption.
It would be best if you looked at the proper combination of nutrients that give a full biologic value or amino acid coverage for your dog's needs.
Meat – wholesome meat or meat-byproducts such as organs like lungs, liver, brains, fat, heart, intestines, muscle people do not want to eat, etc.
Grains and Starche
Grains and Starches - corn, wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, etc. It would be best if you considered how they are cooked and the digestibility of the particular ingredients. In addition, you need to think about if you want fiber in your dog's food for proper stools and the overall health of your pet's intestines.
Things To Keep In Mind
Things to keep in mind when deciding what to feed your dog include but are not limited to:
1. Is your dog fat?
More than likely, this is from the food, the diet, possibly too much salt, artificial sweeteners, color dyes, fats from the table such as human food including bacon, and fat from the steak you won't eat.
2. Is grain listed as the first ingredient meaning, think about digestibility. Do you think you can eat more corn than anything else at a dinner setting?
I can't, but then again, if the corn is fantastic and cooked just right, I probably could. On the other hand, I might have a stomach ache after dinner. Does it come with excellent tasting yams? Then, of course, I can overeat corn, as long as it is not too salty.
3. Does the food cause undue stress to your dog?
Does the food make your dog swell up from the inside giving your dog stress in ways you can't see, but maybe through more laziness, shorter walks, out of breath – or worse, heart failure.
" Lot's to think about. Educate yourself and feed your dog right."