Some foods that are edible for humans can pose serious health risks for dogs. Although many of these foods cause only minor digestive issues, others can lead to severe illness — even death.
People foods that can be dangerous to dogs
Healthy Dog food and Your Dog's Digestion
What Would the Ideal Dog Food Look Like?
The Bottom Line
Keeping in mind this picture of the ideal dog food, here are seven characteristics you may wish to look for when shopping for a good dog food…
- Higher in quality meat-based protein
- Higher in natural fats and oils
- Lower in carbohydrates
- Formulated from a named (non-generic) animal source
- Free of animal or vegetable by-products
- Free of artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives
- Complete in all essential vitamins and minerals
Ingredient Myth Bust
Food Allergies 101
At a Glance
Some of the breeds most prone to food allergies include: Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Retriever, Shar Pei, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Dachshund, and West Highland White Terrier
Most common food allergens include: beef, dairy, and wheat.
Least common food allergens are fish and rabbit.
General signs and symptoms of allergies include: dry itchy skin, excessive scratching or licking, bald patches, a high frequency of hot spots, ear infections, skin infections, diarrhea, and vomiting.- See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/food-allergies-101/15131#sthash.dTzfLuEB.dpuf
Best Grain Free Dog Foods
Grain free dog foods have become a favorite for those wishing to more closely mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet… and to lessen the risk of food allergies.
Compared to the typical kibble or canned food, the best grain free recipes contain more meat based protein as well as easy-to-digest animal fats.
And usually fewer carbohydrates, too.
Not only are grains like corn and wheat a frequent cause of canine allergies1they can also be more difficult for a dog to digest.
Dogs are Nuts for Berries!
BHT in Dog Food
Meat vs. Meat Meal ?!?
For a dog food, what could contain more protein than whole meat?
Well, surprisingly… in commercial dog food… a high grade meat meal can actually be a better source of digestible protein… than the whole meat from which it was made.