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Dog Foods to Avoid

dog food to avoid

In this article, we will discuss the types of dog foods to avoid, to ensure your dog has the best diet and pet owners like you can make more informed decisions.

  1. Dog food promoting a wolf-like diet: Some dog food brands promote diets based on the idea that dogs should be fed like their wild wolf ancestors. However, this claim fails to acknowledge the stark differences between domesticated dogs and wild wolves. Modern-day domestic dogs have undergone centuries of selective breeding, resulting in diverse breeds with unique dietary requirements. Wolves lead a physically demanding life, whereas domesticated dogs often have more sedentary lifestyles. Wild animals have no access to healthcare and are prone to parasites, injury, and disease. They have shorter average lifespans of 6-8 years, with many dying younger before the age of 1, whilst the average dog lifespan is 10-13 years. Wild animals burn huge amounts of calories in search of food, and wolves travel up to 60 km a day in search of food. Domestic dogs in an active household may run 5-10 km a day with their owners at most. Feeding dogs as if they were wolves can lead to nutritional imbalances and health issues. Selective breeding has shaped the physical characteristics of many dog breeds, but it has also introduced a range of health issues. Unlike wild animals subject to natural selection, dogs bred for specific traits may inherit congenital problems such as joint disease, heart disease, and allergies. For example, popular short-faced (brachycephalic) breeds like pugs and French bulldogs are more prone to skin diseases. As a result, human intervention is necessary to address and manage these health concerns, and they will require special diets that cater to their health concerns.

  2. Dog food with heavy marketing: Dog food brands may employ fancy-sounding phrases like "biologically appropriate," "ancestral diet," or "evolutionary diet" to captivate consumers. Although they may be safe to consume, these phrases are often devoid of scientific evidence or regulatory standards. Companies may prioritise branding and marketing over the actual quality of their products. It's crucial to focus on the nutritional content and ingredient list rather than relying solely on marketing claims.

  3. Dog food that lacks proper quality control and formulation: Beware of dog foods produced by butchers or individuals without proper quality control and formulation practices. Such foods lack regulation, potentially compromising the safety and nutritional integrity of the product. Unlike trusted dog food brands who follow stringent manufacturing processes, these food are less likely formulated to be complete or balanced.

When it comes to selecting the right dog food, it is important to look beyond misleading claims and marketing strategies. Speak to your veterinarian for dietary recommendations to ensure your dog's health or visit Pawsitive Plan to personalise a complete and balanced diet for your dog.

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