Holistic Pet Food – Worth the Cost?

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When dealing with holistic nutrition for your own body and mind, pet owners can’t help but think of their furry friend’s diets as well. I have two furry friends of my own – going through my own process of transitioning to a holistic lifestyle through food has made me think about what they are eating as well. Max is my ten-month old Chocolate lab – Sharpei mix (right) and Belle is my three-month old Beagle (left)!

Have you ever thought about what goes into those dried bits of kibble they eat? Chances are you have never really looked into it, I know I haven’t, until now. I looked into the ingredients in the food that I feed my two pups and the results were rather odd.

Ingredients
Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soybean meal, brewers rice, meat and bone meal, beef, water, animal digest, propylene glycol, sugar, fish oil, salt, dried yeast, phosphoric acid, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

Obviously I am not a canine nutritionist and have no idea how these ingredients interact with my dogs immune system, digestion, or well-being. All I know is that they seem to enjoy it and they don’t have any problems digesting it. However, if I am looking to create a more holistic healthier lifestyle for myself and I know that things like selenite, DL-Methionine, or calcium propionate are things that I am making an effort to NOT put into my own body – should I allow them to intake these things?

Some say that allowing your pets to eat holistic dog food will, in the long run, allow you to buy less food because they will eat less and it can lower your vet bills by causing less problems with your dogs digestive or immune system.

Holistic food versus commercial dog food:

I have found a few helpful links to aid you in the search for healthier alternatives to commercial dog food and even some coupons!

I hope this allows you to make an informed decision on how you are feeding your pets!

Peace, Love, and Holistic you (and your pets!!)
Drdonley

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3 responses »

  1. This really makes me think about what goes in my dogs mouth, considering we cant really trust what goes in ours. It also may speak to why many dogs are being considered overweight by vets.

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