So here’s a new one. Nestle has come up with a commercial aimed at getting your dog’s attention using squeaks, pings and high pitched noises. Now I know that some dogs bark when they hear a doorbell on the t.v., and yes, some dogs may come running to the television or into the room when they hear a squeaky toy. But does that mean we are going to buy the food just because the commercial makes our dog do cute things? I sincerely hope the dog owning public is smarter than that.
The food you feed your dog should be decided on the ingredient list, and I mean the actual ingredients, not the real, whole vegetables and meat they show flowing down the screen during the commercial, because that is not what’s in that dog food. Just looking at one of the ingredient lists tells us that it is not as healthful as the pretty picture suggests. Three of the first 4 ingredients are corn and wheat. The only meat-type ingredient is a by-product. Corn is totally useless to dogs. It has a high sugar content and is cheap, so it’s used as a filler. It is also the cause of many allergies in our pets. Wheat also falls into that category. Since ingredients in pet food are listed by weight, it means you are feeding a non-meat based food to an animal that is mainly a carnivore.
Then sugar comes in higher on the list than any of the vegetables. Sugar is just as bad for our pets as it is for us. Then they add all those artificial colors to make it look good, to us, not our dogs. Yellow is not a color you should see in your pet’s food unless it is a fresh piece of squash you put in there yourself.
I know I’m being a bit cliche here, but you really are what you eat, and so is your pet. With the ingredients in most pet foods today it’s no wonder there is such a need for veterinary oncologists and dermatologists. We are slowly destroying our pet’s immune systems, cutting their lives short and adding to our veterinary costs. A three year old dog should get lymphoma, yet it happens all too often.
If you want to find out more about what actually goes into most pet foods read this article. It will change the way you see your pet’s food and hopefully make you a bit skeptical about what the food company says and what’s actually in the food.