Updated: Feb 15, 2020
When you look at a piece of kibble, what do you see?
Is it that delicious looking steak on the package? Or is it the 50+ unpronounceable ingredients that you have little to no idea what they are or what they are doing on your pups' plate?
The sad reality is that despite a total lack of regulation and oversight with which to corroborate these reports, the USFDA has received over 2000 reports of canine deaths related to contaminated food.
Veterinarian research has long been subsidized by the pet food industry and as such, research has failed to properly scrutinize the food we feed our beloved fur family each day.
So what can we do to prevent accidentally causing harm to our pets?
1. Research the ingredients in your food. The shorter the ingredient list the better, but even natural sounding ingredients deserve a closer look.
2. Consider a raw food diet. Canines have 99.9% DNA in common with the grey wolf, meaning despite what the pet food industry and many vets say it is perfectly healthy for a dog to live off raw food. Like any major change, do your research and feel free to ask us if you have questions!
3. Rendered meats and animal byproducts are subjected to processing that create potentially dangerous chemical byproducts. Just one of the many reasons to avoid animal byproducts!
4. According to Pet WebMD, "common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. And, most dogs are usually allergic to more than one thing." So...all dog food? Carefully monitor your pup for any changes in behavior, presentation of unusual hives/scratching, rashes, red inflamed paws, or a waxy look to the eyes.
Just like with training, it's incredibly valuable to keep notes about your dog whenever changing something in their routine such as food or treats. Compare them to what's normal, especially if you see anything that's unusual or concerning. It could be a lifesaver.