To date, about 500 dog breeds have been registered! Each of them is not only peculiar behavior and external data. It is also the physiological differences of animals: the structure of the skeleton, the gastrointestinal tract, the degree of development of intelligence and secondary characteristics of the breed.
In this article, we will look at the benefits and harms of dry dog food.
Provide food for each type is not able to any manufacturer! Meanwhile, the correct menu is the main source of animal health. Someone saw on a beautiful alpine meadows fattened flock of fat sheep or calves, intended for dog food? That's right, no one ever! Maybe the skinned carcasses of this herd will go to feed in the form of by-products? Alas, even this is not a fact.
The composition of cheap and expensive dry dog food
Dogs, even the smallest breeds, above all, are predators. Meat is the main component of their menu. Hence the obvious conclusion that a dry food that contains natural meat ingredients in sufficient quantity for dogs cannot be cheap! What most often gets into the dry food instead of meat? What is the harm of dry dog food?
Even in the United States, the sanitary requirements for meat in feed are very loyal: residual availability of drugs, damaged, sick, defective carcass areas, a high percentage of rejected meat products, including with an unacceptable shelf life, age-related slaughter, here is an incomplete list of "problem" protein in the product.
An overabundance of the hormonal component is defective batches of meat, with a detected excess of artificial hormones of “rapid growth” and “embryonic maturation of the fetus”. Such meat causes pathology, even cancer. Replacing natural fats with artificial or vegetable origin, the presence of dyes, fixers, taste stabilizers, oxidizers, the use of cheap fillers that cause allergenic reactions in some dog breeds:
- peeling skin
- loss of hair, up to balding dogs.
High sugar content, insidious diabetes provocateur, caries, or salt, causing a constant feeling of thirst. In addition, dry food completely lacks the vital energy that a predator receives from natural meat or fish, and heat treatment reduces the vitamin value of the product.
What is the use of dry feed?
For the first time the company "Ralston Purina" presented dry food for dogs and cats in 1922, and almost immediately it became popular. In our country, its mass consumption began 15-20 years ago and the annual rating of dry feed is only growing. Why? We admit that the main plus of dry food, convenience, which has nothing to do with dogs.
Such food does not require long cooking, washing dishes, indispensable in the campaigns, on walks and as a encouragement when practicing, therefore, first of all, it is convenient for the owners of animals. Vitamins. Not every "tailed friend" can make them eat, especially in its raw form. Dry foods contain both basic vitamins A, B, D, B6, B12, and a number of auxiliary.
At puppy age, with specific diseases, pregnancy in dogs, they are vital. Minerals Calcium, iodine, zinc, iron. The bona fide producer has natural minerals included in the composition of the feed, and all are necessary for the dog, regardless of breed, especially during the molting period.
Try to avoid extremes. You need to imagine the advantages and disadvantages of dry food. With reservations, the price can serve as an indicator of quality. In a bag of 20 kg, worth $ 5-10, high-quality proteins are not found. Most canine institutes advise buying food from traditional producers (holistic class).
It is more expedient to make even the best dry food supplement to the diet. Eating dry food is the case when less is better and better! Ultimately, you decide.