Making sure that your beloved pet eats healthy dog foods is not as easy as it sounds.
For example, dogs in the wild consume plants and animals as part of their diets. Therefore, your dog’s digestive system is certainly designed to handle raw meats.
However, most commercial dog foods and dog treats are made primarily of grains and refined protein sources.
Since the meat source is removed from commercial dog foods, that means your dog is eating mainly wheat, barley, rice, corn, and oats.
That said, there are a lot of dogs that have food allergies. And when a dog is allergic to his food it’s usually because of wheat, corn, soy and barley. Yep, those are the primary ingredients found in most commercial dog foods.
So, if you want to feed only healthy dog foods to your pet, be sure to look at the labels.
If the dog food you are buying lists any of these as a primary ingredient, then it may not be the best food for your dog:
- wheat by-products
If you’re looking for better quality healthy dog foods, then visit specialty pet stores which concentrate on providing higher quality dog foods than supermarkets or pet store chains do.
This dog food analysis report will help you make sense of the ingredients in dry dog foods and canned dog foods. (Tip: Type your dog’s food into the search box on that site and see how it ranks.)
Human Food For Dogs: Raw Food vs Cooked Food
If you want to make sure that your dog gets closer to the same nutrients that he would get in the wild, then you may want to consider feeding your dog the BARF diet. (BARF = Bones And Raw Foods.)
Or, if you’re unsure about the BARF Diet, then you may simply want to start feeding your dog a cooked homemade diet.
Here are the differences between raw food vs cooked homemade food for dogs.
Finally, if you simply want to supplement your dog’s regular kibble with healthy human foods, then check out these human foods that are also healthy food choices for dogs!