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Commercial Dog Foods - the Facts
As a dog owner you have two options on the type of food that you can provide for your dog: Commercial foods and non-commercial foods.
For the purposes of this article, commercial dog foods are foods which are a part of the commercial pet food industry and sold exclusively as dog food - generally found in a bag or can at your supermarket, pet store or veterinary clinic. Non-commercial foods, as explained here, covers all other types of food given to dogs, most notably table scraps (which can vary in quality from fresh foods to processed food which we ourselves consume.
When dogs started to become domesticated, back in the days of the caveman, the dog was fed leftovers of the caveman's meal. Some of the earliest records provide both descriptions and pictures of dogs being thrown food from the table. It is likely that most of these scraps that were thrown to modern dog's early ancestors were an assortment of unbalanced morsels that were unfit or unwanted by human owners. Some of the more obvious skeletal and growth defects from improper nutrition are depicted in some of the earliest drawings and figures of dogs.
For over 3000 years dogs survived an existence from the food left to them by the owners who had domesticated them. Gradually, as dog-raising became more common, elaborate formulations of natural ingredients were compounded for feeding dogs. These formulations were meticulously designed to duplicate exactly the dog's wild diet. They were carefully kept from generation to generation. A few that were inherently balanced have survived. But, for the most part, the preparation of a dog's diet from complex formulas and elaborate ingredients have disappeared in exchange for a cheaper, more practical, and supposedly far better balanced commercial foods. At least, that's what the commercial pet food companies want you to think. But do you know what's really in your dog's food? The answer may shock you.
Dog owners who provide non-commercial foods for their dogs claim to do so because of economy or better nutrition. Although it is possible to provide economy and a good source of nutrition from a diet of non-commercial foods, an examination of most such feeding programs quickly reveals that neither economy nor better nutrition prevail. In fact, in many occasions, the dog owner is unknowingly providing his pet with a poorer quality nourishment at a price higher than he would have to pay for commercial foods.
Unless the table scraps which you feed to your dog are top quality, fresh food, then the answer may be to use a convenience food for your dog. But a convenience food which is specially formulated for dogs which does not contain many of the quesionable ingredients commonly found in commercial dog food.
Premium dog food should be the only alternative to a raw, natural diet for your dog.
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