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The Quality of Your Dog's Diet.

The poor quality of many commercial dog foods is surprising. They often contain poor quality ingredients, they are over processed, and they include excessive quantities of chemicals and preservatives. One of the main dietary needs of your dog is protein. This protein, however, needs to be in a digestible form. Many dog foods are made of meat meal and by-products that can't be digested properly. In turn, this can cause liver problems due to the large amount of poor quality protein that the dog's system has to process. Soy protein in particular is not digested well by dogs. Certain breeds such as Labradors, Dobermans, Akitas, and German Shepherds have an especially difficult time digesting soy proteins. This is often evidenced by skin and coat problems. In serious cases it can cause vomiting, loss of appetite and uremic poisoning.

Another problem with many commercial foods is that they contain the lowest quality of meat and grain products. Most people would not even consider these ingredients a food source. As such, this causes the dog to digest materials that do not provide nutritional value, while taxing their digestive system. These foods lack quality ingredients, and they also contain excessive preservatives and chemicals that are suspected in long-term health problems like cancer.

Finally, poor quality foods clearly don't provide many of the essential elements that help keep dogs healthy, such as enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. Symptoms again tend to be skin conditions and allergic-like reactions, but more serious problems can occur, sometimes compromising the autoimmune system. Supplements can help provide essential ingredients that dog food lacks. A quality diet also remedies these potentially serious problems. There are several premium dog foods to choose from. When reading dog food labels check the dietary requirements and the source and quality of the ingredients. Also observe what types of preservatives are used. Natural preservatives such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and tocopherol (vitamin E) are preferable to chemical preservatives. Also consider supplements if you feel your dog's diet is lacking essential nutrients.



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