Do you remember the animal feed recall in 2007? Melamine and cyanuric acid were found in several brands of top-shelf wet dog food. Plastic is made from melamine. Cyanuric acid is used to chlorinate the pool. Neither is approved for pet food. The FDA found these chemicals in imported wheat gluten and rice protein concentrates used to make pets. Eating it can cause kidney failure.
Officially, 226 cats and dogs died, but the death toll was much higher, according to reports. This alone is enough to scare your homemade dog food, but if not, just read the ingredients of a typical canned dog food.
For example, do you know what wheat gluten is? According to the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), "when the wheat is washed to remove starch, the remaining tough, viscous nitrogenous substance". It is a cheap by-product of human food processing, has almost no nutritional value and is mainly used as a binding agent.
When you buy commercially available pet foods, you not only have to worry about accidentally adding certain "secret" chemicals to your food that can kill your dog, but you also have to deal with the challenge of multiple ingredients. Unknown people, many of them have no value other than adding value.
Depending on the type of food you give your dog, nutritional deficiencies can cause him to slowly starve before your eyes. If you cook your own food, don't worry. You know what's in his food. You know their qualities. You know their nutritional value. Homemade dog food will go a long way in helping your dog have a long, important and healthy life.
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