Dog food is dog food in particular designed and prepared for consumption by canines and other domesticated canines. Dogs, being basically carnivores, are believed to be carnivores by-product of the way the dogs were domesticated over thousands of years ago. Today, the dogs’ dietary needs have been vastly altered with the domestication of dogs from wolves. Now, the dogs can be found on nearly every continent of the world. Domestic dogs consist of different breeds like the English Staffordshire Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the German Shepherd, the Labrador Retriever, the Rottweiler, the Alaskan Malamute, the American Bulldog, the Chow, the Pedicure Chewer, the Alaskan Husky, the Norwich Terrier, the Australian Shepherds, the British Masters’ Dog, the Border Terrier, the Amicable Poodle, the Beagle, and the Papillons.
Today, the dogs can be found eating dry food as well as canned dog food. Dry food contains less water content compared to the food that is being served to them in restaurants. Dry dog food has lesser salt, carbohydrates and fats than the fresh food. Moreover, they contain less sugar as compared to the canned dog food. The canned dog food also lasts longer than the dry food.
There are many types of dog food available in the market today. The commercially available dog food contains preservatives, coloring and flavoring substances and even pet nutrition prescribed by veterinarian. These commercial dog foods may have small amounts of some ingredients. But, these ingredients are usually added to increase the pet’s shelf life.
The commercially available dog food also contains a filler, commonly known as meal. The meal is made from corn or rice, and oats. Some examples of common ingredients of the meal filler are meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits and other grains. A filler is not necessary, but it is still a good idea to buy the dog food with more ingredients. This way, you know exactly what is going into the meal. Aside from the filler, meat meal is often combined with sweet potatoes, carrots, or lettuce.
The following ingredients were found in the first five ingredients of our review of the Dog Food for the High Prairie dog food. First is the beef, a by-product of cattle. Second is the corn meal, a by-product of corn. The corn meal is used because it is cheap. The next ingredient is the sodium sulfate, a cheap preservative. And, the third ingredient is the cellulose, a cheap, but processed fiber.
The first four ingredients listed above are the staple of most commercial dog foods. The only difference is that this is a dry product, which means that moisture is not retained during the manufacturing process. This results in dry products that have a higher concentration of meat and corn, but less of the vegetable protein and beneficial dietary fibers.
To improve the moisture retention of the candidate grain-free dry kibble recipes included in our review of the canidae dog food, canidae offers their Canidae Nutritionist a moistener. To compensate for the moisture loss, sugar is added. The sweetness is not excessive, but it is still unnecessary. Also, this sweet potato doesn’t add much flavor. However, the moisture balance is improved.
In our next article, we will look at the third ingredient, the sweet potato. The manufacturers of holistic select also offer kibble recipes included in their Holistic Select Adult Dog and Puppy Care products. If this is the same for the Holistic Select Senior and Toddler Care products, it could be confusing to decipher which one is the product of fish oil and which one is a sugar. Hopefully, we will get all three of the answers that the product line needs. The health and well-being of your beloved pet is worth the investment in the best dog food available.