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Tips for Canine Wellness

by
Kathleen Shea, C.P.D.T.
Cara Mulqueen, C.P.D.T.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to promote a long, healthy, happy life for your dog is to identify and select a high quality, healthful and balanced food for him. You should select a food that appears to have the greatest amount of whole, top qualify ingredients, and the smallest amount of low-quality or undesirable ingredients, and that your dog thrives on. Period.

The hallmarks of a high quality food include:

* Superior sources of protein – this means either whole fresh meats, or a single source meat meal (e.g. chicken meal vs. poultry meal).

* A Whole-meat source as one of the first two ingredients.

* Whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables and other food – this ensures the most nutrient value.

The high-quality food contains the minimum of:

* Food fragments – such as brewer’s rice, wheat bran etc. Manufacturers use these by-products to keep a food affordable.

The hallmarks of a low quality food include:

* "Generic" fats or proteins – "animal fat" for example can be recycled grease from restaurants.

* Artificial preservatives – including BHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin.

* Artificial colors – dogs don’t care what color their food is. These are unnecessary daily - lifetime – exposure to chemicals.

* Propylene glycol – added to make certain foods “chewy”.

* Sweeteners – Dogs, like humans, have a taste for sweets. Corn syrup, sucrose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin and other sweeteners are sometimes added to lower-quality foods to increase their appeal. But dietary sugar can aggregate health problems in dogs, including diabetes.

You might say “But I’ve always fed my dogs grocery store brand food! He’s not dying from it!” Many veterinarians believe that in fact, dogs ARE dying from poor nutrition all the time – just not right away. The number of dogs with allergies, skin problems, behavioral problems, autoimmune and immune deficient conditions, cancers and diseases of internal organs is increasing dramatically. Just because a dog does not appear to be nutritionally deficient, doesn’t mean it is healthy.

Remember that much of the “research” into animal nutrition is done by the major corporations –the Purinas, the Pedigrees, the Science Diets and the Iams of the dog food industries – who have a vested interest in the results. Be an informed consumer. Be your dog’s advocate. Choose a healthful food.