The three main allergens for dogs are soy, wheat and, corn. What does this mean to your dog? If you are feeding him or her a dog food made up of fillers it means that most of your investment in the food is probably ending up on your lawn and your dog is not getting the nutrition it requires. Dogs have problems digesting fillers so they simply pass through your dog's system. Your dog may also scratch a lot or chew at its feet, develop hot spots, lose hair, and show other signs of discomfort. Giving your dog a diet of food that they can digest means less clean up, firmer stools, and a healthier dog. So, is the money you spend on your pet's feed staying with them or merely passing through?
Pet foods have made major advances in recent years. More and more research is being done to determine what a dog's nutritional needs are. Chelated vitamins and minerals have been added to many foods, which are more easily absorbed by the system. Glucosomine and chondroitin, the building blocks for healthy joints, are now being incorporated into many varieties of food. Linoleic acid is another added benefit in quality feeds. Research has shown that linoleic acid is the only fatty acid proven to help dogs reduce itching and scratching. It promotes healthier skin and a more beautiful coat. Quality dog foods have eliminated "meat byproducts" which can mean anything from beaks and feet to intestines. Rather, they are produced with chicken, lamb, or beef tissues – in other words, real meat.
Quality feeds are available for continued use from puppyhood through the senior years. Each step has been formulated to address the needs of your dog, its activity level, and nutritional requirements. There are even excellent weight management feeds available – and treats too!
So now you are saying to yourself, "Ok, it sounds good but how expensive are these premium foods?" Less expensive than the feeds comprised of filler and byproducts that simply pass through the dog without delivering nutritional benefits. You end up feeding more. Then there is the allergy issue from the fillers. This is often difficult to diagnose and may end up requiring multiple trips to the veterinarian. Your pet's longevity and overall health depends on good nutrition. Dollar for dollar your best investment, and the one your dog deserves, is premium feeds. Keep your pet healthy, active, and looking good by feeding the best.