The Dangers of Dogfood

WHAT COMES IN MIND WHEN WE HEAR THE TERM ‘ HOMEMADE ‘ FEED IS A MIXTURE OF INGREDIENTS IS RESTRICTED BASICALLY TO USE OF FOOD SCRAPS AND LEFTOVERS OF OUR OWN MEALS.

As we will see in more detail below, these scraps and leftovers are inappropriate for the consumption of dogs. Food should be prepared with suitable ingredients to the consumption of dogs, carefully selected to meet the nutritional needs, but without harm.

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized feed -in Europe, domestic food is traditionally designed, composed of a mixture of meat, rice and carrot, enriched with a little olive oil, once in a while with an egg, and may also contain a vitamin supplement-specific mineral.

Some ingredients may be replaced by others, since your nutritional value is equivalent. However, in order not to make mistakes, it is important to know the foods allowed and also those that can be offered in moderation.

Note that the dog is not a machine, but rather a living being that is perfectly capable of adapting your metabolism according to the type of feed received. In other words, quantitate mathematically the individual nutrients is not as important as the industrialized feed manufacturers would have us believe. Therefore, a homemade, ration can do very well for your dog, as long as you prepare this with the necessary care so as not to jeopardize the health of your dog, on the contrary, raising the quality of the ingredients contained in it.

Check out this picture the main foods that are permitted and which are prohibited for the feeding of dogs

THE DANGERS OF INDUSTRIALIZED FEED FOR DOGS

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized feed – given the difficulty in interpreting the food label for the dogs and above all, of course, know the origin of the raw materials, there are many people who opt for a delicious home cooking, with fresh and healthy ingredients. Stop to think that industrial products can contain substances harmful to your dog, as additives (colorings, flavorings, preservatives etc.), raw materials of poor quality or, even worse, substances added for fraudulent purposes.

Many owners of dogs and cats, so avoid the idea of basing the feeding of their animals in these products, artificial and entirely devoid of any care that might make them natural and healthy. In many European countries, there is a widespread fear and certainly not unfounded that slaughterhouse waste and grain unfit for human consumption (as viscera, bones, cartilage, trans fat, “sick”, grain contaminated with microtoxinas, etc.), are somehow being recycled for the production of food for dogs. Another reality to be questioned by us, is that for more than is the quality of the feed industry to be offered to your dog, yet it is a processed feed, you think it’s cool to eat processed food? Have you researched the impact of processed food in the body of humans? So, why your dog eat dog food and doesn’t eat meat, vegetables and grains, like you? According to an article recently published in Estadão, Dr. Márcio Brunetto, a professor of animal nutrition at the school of veterinary medicine of the USP, recognizes the benefits of home-cooked diet, but directs that the homemade food is made cautiously obeying a recipe suitable for each dog. Ultimately, the industrial food for dogs raises many questions for the end consumer, even if you use systematically as a matter of convenience and time economy.

NATURAL FOODS AND INGREDIENTS SUGGESTED FOR THE DOGS

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized feed -To discuss what to give to your dog and also what not to put in the bowl, it’s good to remember that before administering a new food you must always respect the so-called ‘ transition ‘ rule. In practice, one should avoid sudden changes in feeding a dog, which if not met, can cause the appearance of Gastrointestinal reactions. Therefore, the food must always be replaced gradually, over a period of a week, adding the old to the new food by increasing doses of the new administration and go increasing increasingly the quantity of new until it is giving only the novel food.

Human beings like to diversify your diet, but it doesn’t work the same way for the dog and especially for your digestive system. So, changing continuously the dog food – without making the transition required-you can cause imbalance in the digestive tract of the dog. In addition, we must remember that the dog has a taste less developed than ours, but a highly developed sense of smell and, therefore, the aroma of food plays an even greater role in the choice of ingredients. Why puppies that are weaned with a homemade diet has more difficulty to accept processed foods.

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized ration- In Italy, for example, it is very common that families prefer to offer a homemade, ration prepared specifically for your dogs. The diet mainly consists in the combination of meats, vegetables and cereals, with the addition of vegetable oils, vitamin supplements, bonemeal, and even yeast. The preparation of a meal can be made of meat (such as chicken, Turkey, white meat of fish very clean and without thorns besides the beef), vegetables well cooked (especially carrots and Zucchini) and rice. Is a difficult task for the owner, but actually much healthier, and appreciated for the dog.

As you may already know, the dog is classified as sedo omnivorous animal (not a reality, in fact dogs are carnivores that have a great capacity for adaptation, but we’re not going to stick this detail in this article.), with a favoritism in your taste to the meat, so the cereal, in this case the rice, can be administered in doses equivalently minors. Considering the level of lipids, fatty meat, obviously, should be administered in doses lower than other meat leaner. The dog likes to wet food more than a dry ration, and they should be offered warm, never hot, to the point of burning the dog’s language. The adult dog have difficulty digesting lactose, so avoid the administration of milk, which can induce the occurrence of diarrhea.

Even the carbohydrates are digested with greater difficulty, so it is recommended if the Administration cooked cereal, without exaggerating the amount. On the other hand, the dog tolerate the fats, which are the main source of energy. Should also be avoided the administration of cold food directly from the refrigerator or too hot. Never offer raw eggs (due to the presence of substances that can lead to vitamin deficiencies). Should also be avoided the bovine liver (dogs love liver, but high doses can cause overload of vitamin A poisoning). The egg yolk, however, can be used without guilt, since very well cooked as it is rich in fat and vitamins. Never offer fried foods, including eggs, meat etc.

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized feed -contrary to what many believe, the bones are banned, especially the bones of chicken and rabbit, as well as the pork chops. Due to the reduced size, these bones can break easily in chips with sharp edges, which can suffocate the animal, obstructing the intestine or damage the walls of the gastrointestinal system. In addition, we must not forget that the dogs do not chew the food law and often can swallow whole bones and getting stuck. In short, never give bones to your dog because this experiment may end up on the operating table.

Sweets are also prohibited for your dog. Chocolate, cheese and sausage, should also be crossed off the menu of our four-legged friends. Please note that 200 grams of chocolate can kill a healthy young dog of about 12 kg. As already explained above, the remains of our food should not be offered to the dogs, because it contains inappropriate food seasonings, such as salt, garlic and onion, among others. It is very important that owners do not enable it to be easily deterred by the request for some more food. Dogs are very good at it, they are holders of refined techniques of persuasion that make it almost impossible to resist their appeal. But we can’t give in. Keep in mind that it is not only harmful because of the risk of obesity, but can also increase the risk of other metabolic problems due to excess nutrients, seasonings, or cause gastrointestinal problems.

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized feed – although it is not clear why the ingestion of grapes and raisins in general are bad for dogs, we know that these foods can cause kidney failure. Repeated episodes of vomiting and signs of hyperactivity are the first symptoms of poisoning. In 12:00 am after administration of these products, the dog becomes lethargic and depressed. The best prevention for this is to store grapes and raisins on shelves that are out of reach of your dog.

Beer, wine, liquor and spirits in General, are not in any way allowed to dog. This is because, in dogs the alcohol has the same effect on the liver and brain in humans. In addition, it takes much smaller doses to cause problems in dogs, such as vomiting, diarrhea, depression of the central nervous system, coordination problems, difficulty breathing, or even lead to coma and death. The smaller the dog, the greater the harmful effect of alcohol (with the same dose). In short, NEVER offer alcohol to your dog, no matter the content.

Dogfood-the danger of industrialized feed – avoid include in your dog’s diet a lot of vegetables to be offered in the same meal because they are ingredients that require a long cooking time to be digested properly. It also makes a good part of the nutritional properties of the vegetables stand in the cooking water. So, the water in which vegetables are cooked can be reused, for example for cooking the rice. Home cooking is generally much appreciated by dogs, but involves a lot of dedication and attention from the owner so that it is within the nutritional needs of your buddy hairy. Another important tip is to look for your dog food more than once a day. The ideal are two daily meals with balanced portions to the weight and age. If you are unsure of which can be harmful to the health of your dog, check out the list of the main foods that should be avoided or forbidden for consumption. Don’t forget that he is a member of the family and deserve to be treated with much attention and affection.