Bad Things in Dog Food, #4

IMG_7114Today I thought I would pass on some interesting facts that I have learned about labels on bags of food for us dogs and cats.

1. Some companies label their dog and cat food with the terms premium, ultra premium,or holistic. If you see this it is a red flag to look deeper. These terms are simply marketing terms because they are not official definitions from AAFCO, FDA, or USDA.

2. If you see the terms natural or organic that is a green flag. These terms have definitions in that the food must meet the same regulations that apply to organic human food.

3. Food that has been formulated to meet the nutrient levels recommended by AAFCO will include that statement and this is a green flag. Just remember AFFCO has two separate nutrient profiles, one for growth and reproduction and one for adult maintenance. The label should indicate what life stage the product has produced to meet.

4. If the label indicates the dog or cat food is complete and balanced this is a yellow flag. The food must have passed a 26 week feeding test where 6 out of 8 animals did not show any clinical or pathological signs of nutritional deficiency or excess. I say this is a yellow flag because there are many who say a 25% failure rate is too high.

5. The ingredient list on the label is your major key to what is in the bag. Ingredients must be listed in descending order by weight. If you are looking for a food with beef and see beef flavor on the label run the other way. The official rules say that the food needs to simply taste like beef and it may have zero beef in the food.

6. Also run the other way if you see chicken or beef byproducts on the label. You just cannot imagine what those byproducts might be.

7. The label must list the crude protein, fat, fiber, and total moisture on the label. This analysis must be guaranteed by a government agency; in Ohio it is The Ohio Department of Agriculture. If the analysis is not on the label look elsewhere.

8. If you see a label that says 100% chicken and other ingredients are listed on the label this is a red flag. The rules state that if the product contains more than one ingredient, not including the water necessary for processing and trace amounts of preservatives it cannot be labeled 100%.

9. There is a 95% rule and this applies when 95% of the ingredients by weight come from animals, poultry, or fish.

10.Our opinion on preservatives on the label is this is a red flag because many of these chemicals are responsible for health problems for dogs and cats.

When you buy all natural dog treats at our gourmet dog bakery it is like eating at your Mothers table where you knew she was adamant about putting things on your dinner table that were nutritional good for you. Just check our labels, everything on them has a health benefit.

Bad Things in Dog Food, #3

IMG_7114I decided to run a series of articles about a topic that is near and dear to all us dogs, food. The USA pet food industry, which includes my favorite food, gluten free dog treats from One Lucky Dog Bakery, totals over $15 billion per year in sales. Many dog owners know that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food industry. Just look at the label of the pet food you are currently buying and you will probably find that the parent company is also a major supplier of human foods. Many of the waste products that are considered unfit for human consumption find their way into pet foods and produce additional profit for the human/pet food industries. How would you like to have waste products like intestines, udders, hooves, and other animal body parts in your bowl each day?

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets the standards in the USA for the quality and safety of pet food and animal feed. AAFCO does not enforce these standards; that is up to the State you reside in and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). You should check your State to see if they have adopted the standards set by AAFCO and then ask them how they enforce them.

In my next article I’ll give you some tips on reading labels but just to make you feel better about the natural dog biscuits you buy from One Lucky Dog Bakery you can rest assured that all our ingredients are human level (no waste products) and all our gourmet dog treats have been tested and approved by the State of Ohio.

Bad Things in Dog Food, #2

IMG_7114Sugar can comprise as much as 25% of semi moist dog food packets and can also be very high in commercial dog biscuits. Please make sure you read all dog food ingredient labels. You will not find sugar in the list of ingredients for the gourmet dog treats at One Lucky Dog Bakery because we know that sugar is not good for your dog’s teeth and overall health. To stay away from large bills at your Vet for dental and other issues for your dog keep sugar out of the diet of your dog.

What bad things are in your pet’s food?

IMG_7114With a new year I know many humans start out the year by making resolutions that will help them or someone else. Being the thoughtful dog that I am I decided to give you some very quick short blogs over the next few weeks regarding what should and should not go into our dog treats and pet food. This will also be a plus for those out there who do do not like to read long and windy blogs.

If you find food preservatives in your pet food or dog treats you should drop that bag or box like a hot coal. Check the label and if you see ETHOXYQUIN run away. This preservative was developed by Monsanto as a rubber hardener and insecticide. It is used in some pet foods as a preservative and it is believed to cause liver and kidney disease, cancer, skin problems, thyroid problems, hair loss, and birth deformities.

You will find no chemical preservatives in Dog Treats at One Lucky Dog Bakery.