Did you know there are good proteins for your dog that are essential for your dog’s health? And there are proteins that are practically worthless to your dog?
Is your pet among the more than 30 million dogs in America that is getting an inferior diet because they eat commercial dog foods that contain inferior proteins?
The good proteins for your pets include muscle meat, eggs, organ meats and dairy products such as yogurt and cottage cheese.
The inferior proteins come from vegetable sources such as soy, rice, wheat and corn. These vegetable proteins can not be easily digested by your dog. If his or her diet is made up of vegetable proteins he / she will likely develop hormonal imbalances and other health problems.
How does protein affect a dog’s body?
The muscular building blocks of protein consist of twenty-three amino acids. A normal healthy dog produces thirteen amino acids internally. The other ten must be obtained through the food the dog consumes.
If a puppy is denied these ten outside amino acids it will simply fail to grow and develop – it will ever die.
An adult dog that develops a deficiency of these essential amino acids will grow weak and may develop symptoms such as weak or deformed bones, chronic ear infections, skin infections, epilepsy and tumors leading to cancer. He may also display behaviors such as aggression or timidity, spinning and tail chasing
Protein is very important for your dog’s coat, skin and nails. Without protein, his coat will dull and and he will eventually start losing hair quickly.
The immune system relationships on proteins to continue to protect the body from diseases and infections. Without a properly developed immune system, a dog is more susceptible to chronic diseases that can bring early death.
For this reason the United States requires all commercial dog food companies guaranty their products contain a minimum of 9% protein. That figure, by the way, is probably too low to sustain vibrant health but has been established as the required minimum nonetheless.
Manufacturers of commercial dog foods often satisfy this guaranty by filling their product with nutritionally inferior vegetable proteins. Why? Because vegetables are much cheaper. They can then meet the government requirement and still keep their profits high!
That dog food companies sacrifice the health of your animal for profits should not be surprising. One investigator took a list of 68 requirements for a safe, nutritional dog food. She then compared every dog food manufactured in North America to her list.
What were the results? She discovered only 9 commercial dog food brands that met the 68 point criteria.
At first glance this may seem a stretch. But, then, how was it that thousands of our pets were poisoned in the dog food scandal of 2007? Why are more dogs dying at an earlier age from cancers and other ailments?
Protein for dogs is an essential part of their diet. Do you know if your dog is fed with good proteins or inferior proteins? Is his diet safe or unsafe? Your pet depends on you to keep him or her safe!