Since Little Bear has gotten real sick and I've changed his diet, I've learned so much about Pet Food, what's in it, what NOT to feed him and ingredients to completely avoid. Then talking to other pet owners that have sick pets got me thinking...could the pet food I've fed Little Bear in the past be part of the reason he got so sick? Hmmm....who knows? The things I've learned is an eye opener and even though my pup is sick, he's lost weight and his blindness has slowed. According to my groomer, for a dog with Cushings Disease & Insulin Dependent Diabetes he's doing really good, has a full coat, no sores and no odor. I only feed Little Bear pet food with the AAFCO ( Association of American Feed Control Officials)Logo and if it states it's HUMAN GRADE. And I still read the label! I have to share what I've learned and hope it helps you too. After all I've done a blog on what we eat and even have tools to help you shop smarter and healthier! See Tricks, Tips & Tools For A Better Diet
It's your responsibility as a pet owner to look past the pretty pictures of fresh cuts of meat and juicy vegetables, the cute commercials and the misleading, biased information about "proper nutrition" and question the statements the manufacturer makes. You might have read or heard about dog/cat/pet food from online or a friend or Vet and you've thought "Should I be feeding Fido commercial dog food or should he be on an organic or home cooked raw diet? It would be GREAT if we could all afford to feed our pets home cooked food prepared just for them but it would get very expensive. Not all commercial dog food is prepared with low quality ingredients and cheap byproducts, only meeting the bare minimum of nutritional requirements. Examples are beef or chicken "flavored" corn or rice byproducts.
The philosophies and ethics of manufacturers alter broadly and it is my goal to make as much data available as likely so you can pattern your own attitude about what is a good nourishment and what isn't. If sufficient pet proprietors make a attentive alternative, bypass the "junk food" and support trustworthy manufacturers by buying their value products, perhaps it will send a message to the businesses who are happy to deal you sacks of beef with added flavour" maize or rice byproducts.