Check the Ingredients in your Dog's Food Because Some Additives May Not Be Safe

Maintaining your Dog's Health with the Proper Dog Food

Unfortunately, your dog cannot easily express himself when his stomach is upset,
he feels lethargic, or he is suffering from a headache or itchy skin.

However, you can do a lot to relieve his discomfort by making sure that his doggie
treats and dry or wet dog food are high-quality, natural brands.

In fact, many of the illnesses that dogs experience can be alleviated by switching what they are eating to a more nutritional brand. While those colorful, inviting dog food packages may seem harmless, many can be masking the fact that the food contains toxic substances or additives.

Additives that are Shown to be Harmful

For example, some pet food treats contain additives, such as BHA or BHT - chemicals that have been proven to be carcinogenic and have been known to cause a host of health problems after a period of time, including kidney disorders, asthma, and even brain damage. Other substances, such as sodium metabisulfite, have also been shown to be the cause of the same health issues as well as circulatory problems and nervous system disorders.

The Reason for Including Certain Additives: The Processing Cost

Substances, such as BHA and BHT, are used to remove the moisture from dog food and inhibit bacterial growth. That's because this method of preservation is more cost-effective for manufacturers than dehydrating the food. Unfortunately, this type of processing is also very costly in terms of your dog's health and well-being.

Look Beyond the Advertising when Buying Dog Food

Again, don't let the packaging fool you. Scrupulously read the label on the dog food you are purchasing. For example, some labels list meat and by-products on their labels but are not definitive as to what they really mean. Meat can come from the whole carcass of an animal, including, for instance, the feet, neck, and intestines of a chicken or slaughterhouse waste. The spoiled or diseased meat from animals may be added to some dogs foods too. Some well-known commercial brands can contain these kinds of substances. So, look past the advertising when you are selecting a commercial dog food.

Additives can Definitely Impact your Dog's Health and Longevity

Toxic additives, the above-mentioned meats and certain meat by-products can, over time, make your dog sick. Research statistics show that approximately half the dogs in the U.S. die from cancer. No doubt, the additives included in some dog foods are contributing to the statistic. Wolves, when living in captivity, can survive as long as two decades. So, the type of food that you feed your dog should be reviewed carefully.

Make Sure your Dog's Food is Comprised of Ingredients that Support His Nutrition and Health

For example, titanium dioxide, which is used as a coloring in dog food, has been found to cause lung tumors while sodium nitrite, another additive in some brands, has been shown to be carcinogenic and a source for colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, and esophageal cancer in dogs. Propylene glycol, commonly found in commercial brands, is also a primary ingredient in antifreeze as well. So, needless to say, you can't trust a dog food's packaging. Keep your dog healthy and free of disease - make sure your dog's food contains ingredients that support nutrition and health.