The traditional dogs dinner or table scraps
For many generations our faithful family dog survived into old age by being fed either family food scraps, or as in our household a separately cooked dog food dinner. These dogs seemed to have thrived on the table scraps and mostly the dogs were expected to live to a ripe old age. When I was a young lad, I can never remember dogs in the neighbourhood offered any type of processed dog food, the dog’s daily meal consisted of a generous supply of family leftovers or in our case my parents would cook a separate meal with fresh ingredients with luscious home-made meaty gravy. Nowadays with the abundance of scientific knowledge easily accessible online or in the local Library, we now know that our family dog must receive his full complement of 23 essential ingredients – these include essential vitamins, essential minerals and essential trace elements, and our family dog is only capable of producing a percentage of these essential ingredients by his own bodily functions – these vital essential ingredients can only be ingested by our dog from fresh meat or poultry, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit – making dog food with fresh ingredients, mixed and fed to the dog within the time it takes to remain fresh, kept refrigerated the fresh ingredients will be fresh for a few days, at most up to a week. Buying fresh meat, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit every few days, then mix and store the dog’s meal and feed for a few days can become very expensive and time consuming.
What about cooked Processed Dog Foods?
The main issue with the manufacturing process of creating processed dog food – read the truth about rendering animal waste to create dog food – be prepared to be shocked, is firstly, processed dog food need to be cheaply produced to maximize the profits, and the most expensive part of producing dog food is ensuring the ingredients are of the highest quality and that is usually buying ingredients fit for human consumption – especially if the manufacturing process do not include high temperatures to destroy or neutralize Bacteria, Toxic Chemicals and Toxins, or avoiding any rancid ingredients such as the waste from the Slaughter Houses – bones, toxic guts. These are the main reasons why buying high quality and nutritious dog food is not the cheapest option on the dog food shelve in stores.
Consequently, when manufacturing processed dog food there is no problem selecting the waste from the Slaughter Houses – this waste can contain decomposing domesticated animals as well as farm animals waste – read the researched document above, that has been standing around for many weeks, and using the rancid grains which again because of its poor quality having been stored in unhygienic conditions and infected with grain mites, granary weevil, lesser grain borer, saw-toothed grain beetle and flat grain beetle – there are other mites, weevils and beetles which readily attack other types of grain like maize. These weevil type beetles not only damage the grains and kernels, but also their waste material is highly toxic to humans and animals alike and when ingested can cause death in a very short time span. It needs to be understood that grain damage occurs from numerous mites, weevils and beetles when grain is stored in perfect conditions, it only becomes rancid and full of toxins when the grain has been stored and neglected and of extremely poor quality.
As a result of the poor quality of the base ingredients it will be imperative that the manufacturing process use extremely high temperatures to destroy all the bacteria, impurities and lethal toxins within the rancid base ingredients. And so the ingredients is subject to extremely high temperatures and if all is well, then the killer foreign bodies will be destroyed and the toxins will be neutralized – unfortunately high temperatures are not always successful as on numerous occasions processed dog food has resulted in deaths of our beloved dogs and thus a nationwide Recall of the relevant Batch of Dog Food – Dog Food Recall, with misery suffered by the families of the deceased dogs, yet the relevant dog food manufacturer can continue with immunity.
Are there other concerns with processed dog food?
It is extremely unfortunate that dogs fed solely on processed dog food will be unable to receive their full complement of their essential ingredients as the high temperatures that is so urgently needed to destroy the killer bacteria and rancid toxins, has readily destroyed a large percentage of the essential ingredients that your family dog must receive in his daily dog food mix, so without an extremely risky process of trying to supplement the exact missing percentage of the relevant essential ingredients, then your dog can become susceptible to damaging mal-nutritional diseases – Hip Dysplasia, to name only one. Attempting to supplement your dog’s essential ingredients’ deficiency within his daily dog food mix can not only be a challenge but can also be a dangerous risk as an overdose of individual ingredient can become a damaging as a deficiency. The only safe alternative is to pay extra for the high-quality dog food which is guaranteed to contain his 23 essential ingredients within his daily dog food mix.
Is there an alternative source of nutritious dog food which will be guaranteed to provide your family dog with all his 23 essential ingredients?
There is only one way of ensuring that your family dog receives the guaranteed 23 essential ingredients within his daily dog food mix is to invest a small amount of your family financial budget and pay a little extra for the high-quality dog food product – buy this quality item online and save even more. Secondly we need to examine which food products contain the full 23 essential ingredients, and then we can determine which type of dog food we will need to buy in order to guarantee that our family dog receives these essential ingredients within his daily dog food mix. We need to ensure that we understand the only food ingredients that contain the 23 essential ingredients for humans and dogs – although humans has a different digestive system, is natural assorted types of fresh meat, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit – you need to understand that there are some fruit and vegetables that are extremely harmful to dogs and I will deal with these later, and these ingredients must not be subject to any type of heat through the manufacturing or other processes.
These natural ingredients dog food as found in dehydrated raw dog food must be fed directly to your dog in a raw and natural state, as discussed above as these ingredients are raw and not altered in any way they will have a very short shelf life and must be bought, mixed and fed to your dog within a few days depending on the weather and quality of refrigeration. I realize this twice weekly expense can be way outside the finances of the ordinary family budget.
Is there a viable alternative to feeding your dog fresh natural raw dog food?
Yes there is a viable alternative to providing your dog with a dog food diet which includes fresh meat, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit and without the expense of buying and mixing two or three times every week. The dog food in question is a natural raw dog food – dehydrated dog food, with no heat involved throughout the manufacturing process, instead the natural raw dog food is freeze dried and remaining natural and raw and containing the full complement of the essential ingredients. Although the very fact that the natural raw dog food is freeze dried can bring its own problems if you don’t adhere to the manufacturer’s labelled instructions – it is important to read, understand and follow the instruction as accurately as possible to avoid any chance of your dog becoming dehydrated through the lack of access to clean fresh drinking water.
The natural raw dog food is commonly referred to as dehydrated dog food and because it is freeze dried can be stored in a dry place for many weeks – again read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for preparing the dehydrated raw dog food – usually 1 part dehydrated dog food to 2 parts of water, stir well and leave to hydrate for about fifteen minutes. As a caring dog owner, you need to commit yourself to all the needs of your dog and be prepared to provide your devoted family dog as many luxuries that you can reasonable afford.
Are you feeding toxins to your dog by way of feeding food scraps and not aware of the danger?
All members if our families can be kind and through their mistaken kindness many will offer titbits and scraps on many occasions to our beloved pets including our family dog. In general, this can be an advantage assuming we are not over feeding our dog with the possibility that your dog could be receiving too much protein, carbohydrates and fats, with the conclusion that our family can become unhealthy through obesity.
Although we must be prepared when feeding titbits to our family dog that there are some types of titbits that is perfectly safe and enjoyable for humans yet can be extremely poisonous to dogs and can become lethal to your dog’s health and well-being.
Here is the list of fourteen of the poisonous food or dangerous foodstuffs for dogs which can cause damage to the dog’s sensitive organs, which you should not allow your dog access too:
- Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants
A dog can become extremely ill from ingesting these fruits and can result in the serious condition of Kidney Failure. Toxicity can develop from ingesting only a small amount of this fruit. Ingesting can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, kidney failure occurring within a few days.
Xylitol is a familiar artificial sweetener regularly used in human foods – chewing gum, candy, sugar free sweets and many other types of food products. Eaten by dogs in very small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and death in dogs. Without quick emergency treatment it can prove fatal.
- Macadamia Nuts
Your dog ingesting Macadamia Nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs. Dogs should not ingest any type of nuts as they can cause stomach upset and pancreatitis.
Vets consider the ingesting of chocolate is the most common type of dog poisoning. Dark chocolate and types of chocolate which contain high levels of cocoa usually the most fatal for dogs as they contain high levels of a stimulant called theobromide which becomes fatal when consumed in a set quantity. Signs and symptoms include theobromine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, hyperactivity, high temperature and blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm and tremors.
- Yeast Dough
Although it is generally accepted that dogs can eat very small amounts of bread – as titbits, dogs must not be allowed to ingest yeast dough as the yeast can cause gas to accumulate within the digestive system. In addition to being extremely painful for the dog it can cause the intestines to be blocked or distended.
- Onions and Garlic
Most dogs will eagerly ingest Onions and Garlic as they are an acceptable taste, dogs consuming these foodstuffs can cause life threatening anaemia and being toxic to dogs.
- Corn on the Cob
Unfortunately, Corn on the Cob is one of those foodstuffs that doesn’t digest efficiently enough in the dog’s stomach and can lead to a blockage that can only be resolved by expensive surgery.
Avocado is enjoyed by many humans although it can be lethal for your family dog. Avocado contains a lethal substance called persin and it is harmless to humans – unless they have intolerance, but in large quantities can be lethal to dogs. Persin is in all parts of the plant – leaves, seed and bark as well as in the fruit.
All alcoholic beverages including food laced with alcohol is not good for dogs as alcohol causes the same damage to dogs as caused to humans – liver and brain, although it takes far less time to damage our family dog. A little alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, central nervous system depression, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma and even lead to death.
- Coffee, Tea and other Caffeine Products
Caffeine in large doses can be fatal to dogs, there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning are restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. In addition to tea and coffee, caffeine is present in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull, also in some cold medicines and pain killers.
- Milk and other Dairy Products
How many times during hot weather we dog owners have been tempted to share our cold and refreshing ice cream with our beloved family dog? If you are tempted then you will need to expect your dog to have diarrhoea and other digestive upsets, in addition to creating food allergies- which can often to identify in your dog by itchiness. Raw eggs are to be avoided at all costs, as there is a possibility that your dog can contract either Salmonella or E.coli. Secondly, there is an enzyme in raw eggs that can interfere with the absorption of a particular B vitamin; this can cause problems with your dog’s skin and coat problems.
- Fat Trimmings and Bones
Table scraps containing fat trimmings and bones whether cooked or uncooked can cause problems with your dog’s health and well-being. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked can cause pancreatitis. Although we would expect bones would be naturally offered to dogs, vets will advise against it as a common problem for vet intervention is removing bone splinters from inside the dogs and puppies’ mouth, also can cause a lethal blockage or lacerations within the canine’s digestive system – usually within the small intestines. Be on the safe side and refrain from giving your dog any type of bones whether cooked or uncooked.
- Persimmons, Peaches and Plums
The main problem for your dog with these delicious fruits is the seeds, pips or pits. The seeds from the persimmon can readily cause inflammation of the small intestines in dogs also causing intestinal obstruction which can cause untold damage to the dog. There is also a possibility of obstruction is your dog eats the pits of the peach or plum. Incidentally, the peach and plum pit contains the toxin cyanide which is extremely poisonous to humans and dogs. Fortunately, humans know not to eat them your dog don’t, so ensure your dog do not have the opportunity to eat any parts of the persimmon, peach or plum.
- Raw Meat and Raw Fish
Raw meat and fish – similar ton raw eggs, can contain a bacterium which causes food poisoning. There are certain types of fish such as salmon, trout, shad or sturgeon usually contains a parasite which causes the ‘fish disease’ or ‘salmon poisoning disease’ if the disease is not treated, the fish disease can be fatal within two weeks. The symptoms include vomiting, high fever and inflammation of the Lymph Nodes. Only solution in protecting your dog is to thoroughly cook the fish which will kill the parasite and thus protecting your dog.
Safe fruits that your dog can eat raw
On the positive side there are some fruits that your dog can eat which causes no problems for your pocket or your dog, these are slices of apples, oranges, banana and watermelon these can be tasty treats for your dog. You need to ensure you remove any seeds, stems and leaves. The only precaution is you will need to avoid the risk of your dog attempting to swallow big chunks that can become blocked within the dog’s digestive system.
A caring dog owner’s commitment
As a caring dog owner it is imperative that you address all your dog’s needs including providing a nutritious dog food at mealtimes - that ensure your dog receives the full complement of his 23 essential ingredients and the only way to guarantee is to feed your dog a dehydrated raw dog food within his daily dog food mix, and at the same time prevent your dog from any harm whether being from resting and sleeping in a cramped conditions, ensuring your dog is always supervised and under your full control when outdoors, or kept safe and well from dangers of ingesting toxic foodstuffs listed above. Be proud of your dog and show him you care about his health and welfare.
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