In an article entitled Principles of Dog Nutrition, T.J. Dunn Jr., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, raises some interesting questions regarding this matter. For example, "did you know that some of the most popular and most trusted brands of dog foods are purposely formulated to just meet the minimum requirements of an average dog? Cheap dog foods ---are widely available and wrapped in all sorts of fancy labels -- and will contain cheap ingredients that will be poorly digested and will lead, over varying lengths of time, to deficiencies in your dog's health...Corn, wheat, soy, rice and barley are not bad or harmful to dogs and cats, [but] these plant sources are simply not good choices (we do get to choose what we feed our pets, don't we?) for the foundation of a diet to optimally nourish animals what are, have been, and for the foreseeable future will be meat eaters."
Huh. Well then.
Furthermore, as some (if not most) of you may know by now, "by law the ingredients must be listed according to weight of the ingredient added in descending order. In other words, by weight of raw ingredient the main ingredient is listed first, second most prominent ingredient next, and so on." That being said, I wish to challenge you to become more actively involved, better informed, and more responsible in the purchase of your dog's food. After all, what we fuel OUR bodies with directly effects OUR spirits, so why wouldn't it be the same for our pets?
On a side note, I just met with a Certified Canine and Feline and Avian Nutritionist right here in Moncton! Can you believe it?! We have somebody like that in Moncton?! Whoa. Looks like our little city is really taking off! ;) So if you are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of even making these decisions, he can help! He's a wonderful man and would be glad to lend a helping hand. He also carries a wide variety of wonderful products that are made in Canada, so we can support our own economy! Yahoo!
Check him out, don't take my word for it! Pop on into PetValu Moncton on Mountain Road and ask for Darren Robertson. He's your guy!