How Bad Ingredients Can Be Bad For Your Dogs
People are taking their pet’s nutritional needs more seriously nowadays. This makes dog parents more careful about what they feed them. It’s also encouraging (or perhaps putting pressure) on responsible pet food manufacturing.
However, it’s one thing to know about how bad ingredients can lead to unhealthy dogs and another to actually know what these ingredients are. Do you know how to actually spot them when checking out a product’s list of ingredients in the supermarket? Do you know how they can affect your pet?
We’ve listed down some of the worst ingredients that you can find in pet food and why they’re bad. This way, you’ll know which pet food products to avoid entirely.
For humans, a colorful meal is more appetizing. For dogs, however, it’s not always the case. Dogs don’t see a wide variety of colors like we do. They care more about the smell of their food, so food dyes don’t really benefit your pet.
What’s worse is that dyes can even cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, organ damage, and even cancer.
Corn is a popular dog food filler because it’s very inexpensive. Unfortunately, it’s not good for your pet as it is usually stored for a long time before being used. This makes them prone to getting moldy which is definitely something your pet shouldn’t ingest.
Aside from actual corn, corn syrup is also used to sweeten dog food. But it’s completely unnecessary as it doesn’t add any nutritional value to your pet’s food, plus it also puts your pet at risk for diabetes, hyperactivity, obesity, and even mental problems.
The fact that this ingredient is typically found in anti-freeze should already tell you that you should never allow your pet to eat any food that contains propylene glycol. While it promises to help control bacterial growth in your pet’s stomach, it can also reduce the good ones needed to digest food. It can cause cancerous lesions in their intestines as well as blockage.
If the ingredients list doesn’t list exactly what kind of animal meat is used, it’s highly likely that it’s from an internal organ or any other cut that’s not fit for human consumption. In some cases, they’re even from salvaged roadkill. This might not sound really bad for some people, but as these ingredients can also be diseased body parts, it can mean bad things for your pooch.
Sorbitol and Xylitol
Often used as sweeteners, sorbitol and xylitol are also unnecessary ingredients. Aside from making the product attractive to pups, they don’t really add any nutritional value to it. They even do the opposite as it can get your pet addicted to sweets which can then cause tooth decay, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, and cataracts. In many cases, it also causes vomiting, lethargy, and hyperactivity.
These are just a few of the bad ingredients that you should be on the lookout for. Avoid them at all cost if you want to have a happy and healthy dog in your home.