Avoid Gluten Fillers
The processed food dilemma in America is not only causing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer in humans, but canines too. I feed my dog, Finnigan, Blue Buffalo. I admit I may have fallen victim to strategic marketing, and attractive packaging, however, Blue Buffalo is one of the best brands that you could feed your dog. Blue Buffalo is a bit more expensive than brands sold at your grocery store such as Iams, Kibbles and Bits and Purina, but the nutritional benefits are entirely worth the extra five or ten dollars (depending on the size of your dog).
Blue Buffalo sells wet food in many different flavors such as, Chicken Pot Pie, Backyard BBQ, Salmon and Chicken, Duck, Turkey Dinner and many more. Dinner can be a real treat for your pet with Blue.
Wet food is good for dogs with sensitive gums or teeth (Milan), however, make sure to balance both wet and dry food in your dog's diet. Wet food is a great treat, but dry food cleans tartar off of your dog's teeth, and satisfies their instinct to chew. Wet dog food can be expensive though.
The key to selecting a healthy brand is turning the bag around and reading the ingredients. The first ingredient should be protein, as it is the most essential and important part of a canines diet. A dog’s DNA is only .2% different from that of a Grey Wolf (Genome Resource). In today’s cheaper brands of dog food, the first ingredient (which is the ingredient most prevalent in the package) is corn meal, which is a cheap filler.
The low quality vegetable proteins replace more expensive, meat source proteins and ingredients. Brands tend to find creative names to call a gluten ingredient so that it is not the first ingredient but the second, fourth or fifth. Combined, those ingredients far outweigh natural meat protein, which should be the most prevalent ingredient. A dog does not have any need for grains or carbohydrates, in fact, according to Whole Dog Journal, their pancreas is unable to secrete the enzyme needed to break down gluten (Whole Dog Journal). This inability to digest proteins that don’t contain amino acids causes obesity and diabetes. A dogs diet should be close to 80% protein.