Did you know that dog food which you buy in the shop nearby, can cause the death of your dog? I thought that food you buy in the store, unrelated if it's sold for consumption by humans or dogs, is controlled by the authorities to be safe. It would never ever have occurred to me, that my dog could die, for example of sudden kidney failure, caused by the food I purchased in the shop around the corner. #dogfood #dogs #animalcare

Some Dog Food Can Kill Your Dog!

Did you know that dog food which you buy in the shop nearby, can cause the death of your dog?

I thought that food you buy in the store, unrelated if it’s  sold for consumption by humans or dogs, is controlled by the authorities to be safe. It would never ever have occurred to me, that my dog could die, for example of sudden kidney failure, caused by the food I purchased in the shop around the corner.

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You have To Examine The Food That You’re Giving Your Dog!

There have been lawsuits filed over brands of dog food on the market. A recent large suit was filed in 2015. Most lawsuits are pertaining to the ingredients that are in the brands. This is why you need to examine the food that you’re giving your dog so that he gets the healthiest possible for his age, breed, and weight.

 

Researchers Try To Come Up With The Best Dog Food On The Market

A team of researchers at Reviews.com banded together to try to come up with the best dog food on the market. You can find it here: Reviews.com. About 70 percent of people who weren’t sure about the ingredients listed in the food that they buy for their dogs.

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Ten people on the team took the time to examine the ingredients in a list of the top brands on the market. There were over 1,400 hours devoted to finding the best dog food brands and discovering just what is in the dog foods that are given to man’s best friend. The testing started by making a list of over 11,000 people who have some kind of tie to the dog food business. The team narrowed this list down to the best people in the field who could offer truthful information and who wouldn’t lead the team on about ingredients that aren’t included in dog food brands.

There were over 20 experts ranging from veterinarians to university researchers who gave their opinions and offered facts that they know as well.

The team also talked to over 300 people who own dogs to find out what kind of food they give their pets. From articles to online searches, the team put together 2,223 formulas of food from 115 dog food brands. There were a few things that automatically eliminated many of the foods on the list.

One of the primary things that the team looked at was the safety of the ingredients

Any food not deemed safe for dogs was removed from the list. Any time there are ingredients from a rendering facility, the food should not be given to your dog. Examples would be road kill or meat that has spoiled.

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Safe ingredients aren’t always the best choice for your dog as they could cause health issues that are difficult to treat. Digestive issues and irritable bowel syndrome are just two of the examples of concerns to watch for in dogs that have consumed foods that are made of unhealthy ingredients. Obesity is another concern as many of the ingredients in foods are full of fat.

What ingredients you should look for in the dog food

Healthy ingredients that you should look for when searching for a top dog food are fish, chicken, eggs, and liver. Oats, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E and various fruits and vegetables should be among the first ingredients that you see on a package of dog food. Combinations of ingredients and the ratios factor also matter in selecting a quality food for your dog.

  • Few ingredients that you might think are safe really aren’t, such as Binding agents.
  • Protein is a component that you want for your dog when he’s younger, but as he ages, you should cut back on the protein that he received and focus more on ingredients that aid in joint health.

All types of varieties of dog foods available were examined by the team, including wet, dry and frozen. Products without any kind of meat as the first ingredient were removed from the initial list as well as those that contain soy, corn and other carbohydrates.

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The dog foods selected were chosen based on aspects such as the healthy ingredients in the food, the price and the breed of dog that the food is suited for compared to others.

DogFoodAdvisor and Doctors Foster and Smith also offer some great information if you’re looking for more!

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