It might have been the fact that I didn’t eat foods that came in bags and boxes and it just seemed logical that my dogs shouldn’t either.
Most important, Drs. Nestle and Nesheim say, is to look for products labeled “complete and balanced,” indicating that they meet the nutritional requirements of cats and dogs listed by the . This organization, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, state officials and the animal feed industry, develops model regulations for pet foods, which are voluntary unless encoded in state laws.
She noted, however, that the so-called premium pet foods cost three to four times more than supermarket brands. Within the premium brands, there is also a wide price range, yet when the ingredients lists are compared, they are strikingly similar since all have to meet certain nutritional standards. The first five ingredients of nearly every kind of dog and cat food are generally the same, representing protein, fats and , Dr. Nestle said, adding that “anything listed below the salt would be present in only very small amounts.” She and Dr. Nesheim compared 10 premium chicken dinners for dogs and found that all contained basically the same ingredients: All start with chicken or chicken broth, followed by grains and vegetables. The nonpremium brands use more grains and poultry, meat and fish byproducts.
The "people foods" that are safe (and unsafe) for dogs.
ASPCA: “Foods That Are Hazardous to Dogs.”
Dogs didn't eat kibble until the 1930s. That's when the meat and grain industries started looking for a market for their rejected foodstuffs that couldn't pass USDA inspection.Only dog food manufacturers think this nonsense makes sense. Dogs and people share roughly 75% the same genetic makeup, and we have similar nutritional needs. What we’re doing to our own health with processed foods, we’re also doing to our dogs. And it’s happening faster.Heavily-processed fast foods (burgers, fries, tacos, etc.) as a big diet component can cause major health problems in people. How can fast foods be good for dogs?I would spend hours cooking these concoctions on my stove, feeling just as warm and fuzzy as the oat and hamburger blend I began feeding my dogs. It was a labour of love and I justified the time investment with the knowledge that fresh, whole foods were better than processed and extruded foods.