There is a surplus of information about human’s eating a natural diet and the benefits of such a diet, so why would it be different for our dogs? It is extremely important to know the benefits of feeding your dog a natural diet that contains no preservatives, hormones, fillers, etc.
To understand the benefits of a natural diet, it is important to understand your dog’s digestive system. In the wild, dogs do not prepare, cook and process their meals. Dogs eat raw meat, raw vegetables, etc. They need sources of natural protein and vitamins. A dog’s digestive system is not designed to process foods filled with fillers and preservatives. It is very important to be able to recognize recipes that contain these unsafe ingredients.
When looking for food and treats for your dog, you must be aware of all the ingredients used. Although I am not advocating a diet of raw meat, since that requires more safety precautions in the home kitchen, I am advocating a diet that is free of the nasty fillers that are in many dog products. These fillers include meat byproducts, corn, soy, etc. All of these typically used fillers are cheap and easy to access by large manufacturers. Fillers are not safe for your dog’s consumption, especially in large doses. They are used to make your dog full and basically “fill” them with empty nutrients. Many dog products are also filled with preservatives. This will increase the shelf life of many products which lowers the costs for these large companies. The preservatives used are most often unnatural, which is not safe for consumption by any living creature. Some of the common preservatives to be aware of include BHA and BHT. These two chemicals alone, can cause much harm to your dog. The toxicity of preservatives can be potentially deadly in dog food and treats. Many dog toys and treats also contain hormones, artificial colors, artificial flavors, etc. All of these chemical fillers are harmful for your dog and should not be fed to your furry friends. Many dog owners are unaware of these toxic ingredients and that is why it is important to always be aware of what you are purchasing for your dog.
Now, with all of the nasty things out of the way, it is time for the good news. There are alternatives! You do not have to search high and low to find safe products for your dog, you must just look in the right places. Although it may be easy to see the surplus of bad products on the market, there are many companies taking the extra step to create safe, healthy products for your dog. These companies know the importance of omitting fillers and chemicals in their recipes. They also know the simplicity of using natural preservatives such as Vitamin E or C that will extend the life of the product naturally. Be sure to look for labels such as “all natural,” “no preservatives,” “no fillers,” etc. It is more than likely that these will also be made in the USA. In other countries, especially in China, there are little to no regulations on dog food products. It is important to buy natural dog products made in the USA. There are many companies that make natural food and treats that are only a fraction of a dollar more than the harmful alternatives. By spending just a small amount more on your dog you can extend their life via a healthy diet.
When you are buying products for your dog, it is important that you recognize the harmful fillers, chemicals, and preservatives that can be hiding in any ingredients list. You must stay educated about the toxicity of these products and understand how you can create a healthy diet for your dog. Not only will you increase their quality of life, but you will save yourself in health bills in the future. Always buy natural products for your dog.