Natural Dog Foods

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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You're a dog lover and because you are, you want natural dog foods. You don't want the bags on the bottom shelf of aisle seven in your grocery store. You don't want the canned options on the second shelf, either. You want natural dog foods for your dog, because you know that if you were a dog you'd want them, too: meats that you'd get from a butcher shop(if we still had butcher shops).

Generic versus Natural Dog Foods

The ingredients listed on a can of generic dog food are what you will find on a label, or one very similar, in aisle seven. Read it. Think about your dog. Pretend you are your dog. Ask yourself how hungry you really are.

The contents of a can of generic dog food are: chicken, high fructose corn syrup, wheat flour, soybean grits, soybean flour, water, corn syrup, brewers condensed solubles, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, salt, sorbic acid (to prevent spoilage), calcium propionate, (to prevent spoilage), dl-methionine, choline chloride, added color (yellow 5, red 40, blue 1 and other colors), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin supplements (E, B-12, A, D-3), ethoxyquin (a preservative), riboflavin supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), and calcium iodate.

The list that follows is typical of a chicken-based canned dog food. First-rate natural dog foods will have content lists including chicken, (includes bones, livers, gizzards, and hearts), greens (one or more of turnip, mustard, collard, or kale), apples, yams, alfalfa, kelp, garlic, guar gum, Omega 3 fish oil, apple cider vinegar, safflower oil, cod liver oil, and vitamin E.


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