Dog Nutrition is the #1 Priority for Your Dog’s Health

Would anyone argue with the statement Proper Nutrition Is The Foundation Of Health?  Surely everyone has heard that message by now.  Yet obesity rates continue to rise, and diseases, such as diabetes and many cancers with well-documented associations to improper dietary habits, are reaching epidemic proportions.  Also interesting to note is that as these diseases increase in the human population, we’re seeing a corresponding rise in our animal companions.

We believe there is no great mystery behind these growing epidemics.  In fact, many of the chronic disease conditions so dog nutrition is the #1 priority for dog healthprevalent in both humans and dogs can be traced to improper diet. While it may seem obvious to relate improper diet to poor quality foods, even high quality foods can fit the definition. There is little doubt that many aggressively advertised commercial dog foods are nutritionally inadequate due to poor quality ingredients which are further degraded by high temperature processing. But how can high quality foods be an improper diet?  To answer that question you might want to ponder whether our society has come to confuse love with excess.  Misguided love can result in our dogs becoming victims of not only poor quality nutrition, but also victims of high quality nutrition fed to excess by loving owners who unconsciously equate greater love to more food.

We need to not only closely examine the nutritional value of the foods we provide our dogs, but also redefine the ways we demonstrate our love.  Instead of Love = Quantity, we must reprogram our definition to Love = Quality.

Assuming you’re thoughtful enough to limit the quantity of food you provide, how can you determine the nutritional quality of a given dog food?  Every label provides basic information on ingredients and nutrient levels, all of which will be within ranges which have been scientifically determined as adequate.  If chemical analysis guarantees the label claims, how could the food be considered inadequate nutrition?  In fact, nutrients must not only be present in certain proportions, they must also be in a form which can be absorbed and efficiently utilized.  How can you know if the nutrients in a dog food meet this requirement?  And how can you cut through advertising claims and make a rational diet choice? Since no-one knows your dog better than you, who is better able to assess its health and well-being than you are?  Is your dog energetic, sleek, and happy on its current diet?  If there’s doubt, you may want to consider changing.

The Dog Health Adviser strongly urges you to make proper nutrition your number one priority for disease prevention and optimum health.  Want to know what dog foods we recommend?  Check out our Dog Health Adviser Recommends page and you’ll see. You’ll also see that our recommendations are generally higher priced.  That’s because we believe they truly do provide superior nutrition.

However, if cost is your primary consideration, cheaper foods may suit your budget; but you should at least try to find those that claim to include whole meats, bones, fats, vegetables, whole grains, and probiotics to help restore enzymes lost by heat processing.  However, if you want to minimize the risk of diet related diseases, we suggest you take a serious look at dog foods which not only include all those ingredients, but also are produced using cold temperature processing.

Cold processing removes the risk of high temperature damage to fragile nutrients.  We believe cold processing is based on the best science currently available, and is well worth considering to keep your canine companion in tip-top condition.

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