When it comes to choosing our dogs’ food, we are told by a variety of different sources which food is best for the health of our dogs. Vets are typically regarded as the best resource for questions about what we should feed our dogs, but how much do they actually understand about dog nutrition?
As more people turn away from kibble and look for alternative ways to feed their dogs, many are turning to raw food diets. The raw food diets claim to offer all the fresh ingredients a dog needs, in a form that the dog’s wild ancestor, the wolf, eats it. However, nutrient deficiency and pathogen transmission are known issues with raw dog food. As a result, it may not be as good an alternative to commercial dry and wet food, in comparison to low temperature cooked dog foods.
The convenience of kibble as a food for our dogs is apparent, and clever marketing has even led to the belief that it is the best food out there for our dogs’ health. However, afflictions affecting our dogs are becoming more and more common and nutrition is linked to many of these ailments. As a result, we may need to change our shopping habits to look for foods that improve our dogs’ health, over those that are convenient to use.
Almost 90% of the pet food sales in the UK are from three parent companies. These are Mars, Nestle and Colgate-Palmolive. They are responsible for dog food brands such as Pedigree (Mars), Royal Canin (Mars), Bakers (Nestle) and Hills Prescription Diets (Colgate-Palmolive) who’s large sacks of kibble are piled in supermarkets and veterinary practices.
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