Kibble for Dogs?
For many people, having a pet is an essential part of their life. Pets bring joy, love, company, and, depending on what kind, a decent amount of physical activity. This rings true more specifically with dog owners. Every dog breed needs at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, such as walking once a day. Many dog breeds require a lot of attention from their owner and constant care, such as baths and grooming. Now, if people go out of their way to make sure their dog has all his needs covered, why is it that most still feed their dog standard pet food? A dog’s nutrition is key to a healthy and happy life.
Sometimes it can be challenging and even overwhelming when choosing the right food for your dog. Groceries stores are often stacked row upon row of different dog food brands that all claim to be the best and number one for your pet. Not all pet owners take a sufficient amount of time to read or research what ingredients they’ll be giving to their pet and go with the cheapest option. This can be dangerous for a dog’s nutrition. Even some of the higher-quality brands can cause health problems if not fed the proper portions. Dogs are also known to be more resilient and can eat many things their breed is not supposed to—one of these things being the most popular form of pet food out there, kibble.
Why is Kibble Bad for our Dog’s Nutrition?
Comparing kibble for our dogs to human fast food is not a stretch. You won’t find the best dog food in the form of dry, hard pellets. Kibble might be the easiest and cheapest form of dog food, but it is by far the worst out there:
- Highly Processed Ingredients: Many of the vitamins, nutrients, and essentially all the good stuff are lost during the kibble-making process. The ingredients are heated so high that most -if not all- their nutritional value go out the window. What’s left is simply artificially enhanced and flavored kibble. Carcinogens such as acrylamide are created during this kibble-making process and can be detrimental to your dog’s health.
- Bacteria Risk: The risk of bacteria is increased when choosing a dry pet food. Storage mites and mycotoxins (naturally-resulting fungi toxins) also develop rapidly in the stored dry food. Dogs can develop hypersensitivity to mites, which cause hair loss, ear infections, and inflamed itchy skin.
- Low-moisture: Kibble is essentially devoid of most moisture, which in turn puts dogs in a consistent state of dehydration. Some symptoms of dehydration include loss of appetite, panting, dry nose & gums, and lethargy. Make sure to keep an eye out.
- Becomes Rancid Quick: Another reason kibble is not considered healthy dog food. The moment the seal on the bag breaks, most of the fats sprayed on and found inside the kibble start to rot. The consumption of these rancid fats long-term can affect and destroy vitamins. This leads to vitamin, fatty, and protein deficiencies.
What Should I Feed My Dog?
Just like humans, the best dog food will always consist of a healthy and balanced diet. Your dog’s diet should include fresh, whole foods made from human-grade ingredients. A raw food diet is one option for healthy dog food. Raw food is easily absorbed and digested by your pet and contains many vitamins and nutrients that cooking can destroy. Just because humans cook our food and benefit from it doesn’t necessarily mean our pups will, too.
We need to choose the best products for the general health of our pets. Apart from food, we must also take care of their coat and skin with the ideal products.
Love them as they love you!