Dangerous Dog Food
Warning: Read your dog food bag – Some grain free dog foods are causing disease in dogs
Dog owners became educated to the correlation between grains, fillers and soy in dog food and the increased incidence of allergies, skin problems and digestive upset. As owners began reading labels and started choosing grain free, dog food manufacturers had to scramble to remove corn, wheat and soy. Sweet and white potatoes and peas quickly became replacement fillers. The newest trend in grain free food is legumes; peas and pea protein, chickpea and lentils.
The idea of grain free was supposed to create dog foods that did not induce allergic responses. Grain free should have meant, get rid of the fillers and the ingredients used to cheapen the cost of creating a diet for carnivores. Unfortunately, dog foods have just become more dangerous.
Did you see the episode during “predator” week were the pack of wild dogs on whatever continent worked as a team to circle and bring down that field of peas? Or the one where the wolf pack walked right by the Elk herd to get to the field of lentils? Yes, it’s ridiculous. And yet so is what are we feeding our dogs?
Dogs are carnivores; which means they are designed to eat primarily muscle meat, organ meat, and bones with a slight amount of slightly digested greens and even some fermented vegetables. Instead of adding more muscle and organ meat, dog food companies have maintained protein levels while reducing costs by adding legumes and peas as protein sources. The problem is that legumes (beans, peas and lentils) are incomplete proteins. Complete proteins are those that contain all of the essential amino acids needed by the body. Animal proteins are complete proteins. Legumes have little nutritional value and they have a lot of radically dangerous properties when included in a primary diet for a canine.