There have been times in our lives when cheap foods were part of our diet out of necessity. Allstate even talks jokingly about “a Ramen noodle diet” as part of showing how cost effective their insurance is. Here at Wisteria Goldens, we believe that dogs deserve as high a quality diet as their owners do.
Fiber should be a part of high quality nutrition, coming from vegetables and grains, not meat. Fiber helps control both digestion and diarrhea due to the absorption of soluble and insoluble fiber in the colon. It’s a stool normalizer. With the proper amount of fiber in the dog’s colon, good bacteria ferment forming short chain fatty acids which help to push food faster through their digestive tract, and help to prevent cancer. Fiber dilutes the density of calories, so it’s an aid in weight loss.
Here’s an unexpected, additional benefit from fiber in your dog’s diet: it controls the wide swings in blood sugar, particularly insoluble fiber. Also, if your dog “scoots” to rub his backside, it’s to relieve blocked glands found on either side of the anus. Fiber absorbs water and bulk so that large stools place pressure on the anal sacs during defecation, and help create natural drainage of these swollen glands. A good percentage of crude fiber in your dog’s food should be around 3.5. Reduced calorie products may have as much as 10.
You might want to prepare home made dog food for your pet. The internet has 455 million hits for the search term “home made dog food,” so we think you’ll find plenty of tasty recipes. You might not be aware that there is an organization overseeing dog nutrition: AAFCO is an acronym for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. AAFCO is a non-profit organization that sets standards for both animal feeds and pet foods in the United States. Their nutritional adequacy standards are defined by two nutrient profiles based upon a dog’s stage of life: adult maintenance plus growth and reproduction.
That’s if you’ve got the time, or the number of dogs you’re preparing for is small. For our needs here at Wisteria Goldens, we recommend using Life’s Abundance dog food because of their ingredients, and because of the way they properly proportion the ingredients to maximize dog nutrution. It’s unfortunate that many ploys are used to represent quality ingredients and the intended dietary benefits in lower quality dog goods. The Life’s Abundance products do not use wheat and wheat glutens, corn and corn glutens, or artificial food colors and preservatives.
Please take a look at what you’ve been feeding your dogs and make sure the quality of his food is at least as good as yours.