Standard Commercial Dog Food Compared to Healthier Options
Commercial dog food came about as a result of people's busy lives preventing them from making their own homemade dog food. It is available as kibble or in canned form, though a few butchers also sell their own commercially made dog food. Those considering feeding their dogs commercial choices should be aware that a group called the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) grades a dog food as being complete and balanced if it contains its standards for content and if the food passes feeding tests and other trials.
Healthy Dog Food Alternatives
Holistic dog food, on the other hand, uses human grade food such as fish, lamb, turkey, and chicken. Holistic choices also contain such ingredients as brown rice and other good carbohydrates. Ordinarily these foods do not contain wheat, soy, and other various fillers.
Organic dog food is made with organic ingredients, including free-range chicken and organic grains. Remember that all products that have been labeled organic must, of course, contain 95-100% ingredients that have been certified as wholly organic.
Natural dog food typically uses human grade meats, with natural coat and skin conditioners, along with added antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and such. It doesn't ordinarily contain corn, soy, wheat, grain fractions, or fillers or by-products.
Raw dog food is just that - raw meats containing living enzymes, fruits, vegetables, as well as natural protein sources. It's the way that dogs used to eat in the wild.
Prices for holistic, natural, organic, and raw dog foods are of course substantially higher than your "regular" off the shelf commercial dog food, but the huge difference in terms of superior nutrition may well be worth it. Careful reading about each brand should help you make decisions for your dog.
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