In today’s economy, consumers are more cash-strapped than ever before. It’s tempting to pass the aisle at your local grocery store and pick up the cheapest can or bag of dog food for your pet. After all, when you put their bowl on the floor, they won’t complain if it’s inferior food – the chances are they won’t even notice the difference.
Our dogs trust our judgement, and they depend on our choices for their food. If you feed your dog low-quality food, they’ll still love you the same. However, low-quality foods can cause weight gain, which can lead to issues like dysplasia. Unhealthy ingredients can cause your dog’s coat and eyes to look dull and can lead to numerous other health issues.
Your dog doesn’t realize it’s the food that’s doing this to their health. The poor pooch doesn’t know any better. However, as a conscientious pet owner, it’s your job to keep them as fit and healthy as possible.
Inferior quality dog food often comes loaded with unhealthy protein sources and low quality fats, while canned meat products feature animal off-cuts that have little nutritional value. Low-quality dog food can contain dangerous substances. The pulped carcasses and extracted oils of farmed salmon and panga fish typically end up in dog food to provide a fat and protein source.
Unfortunately, these two fish are among the most toxic foods for dogs. Fish farmers keep millions of fish in breeding pens, spraying them with chemicals to prevent disease and infection in the fish. The fish absorb these chemicals, which end up in the pulp that makes it to your dog’s dinner bowl and ultimately into their fat stores.
Now, this isn’t to say that all bargain brands are bad. But read ingredients lists and reviews carefully to determine if a particular food is really something you should be feeding your dog.