You find yourself walking down the pet food aisle of the grocery store surrounded by bright yellow and blue bags looking for a simple bag of puppy food. All of the brands claim grand awards such as “Voted BEST Dog Food Brand in 2008!” or “5 Star Rating.”
However, have you ever read the back of one of these commercial dog food bags or cans?
What’s Wrong With Commercial Puppy Food?
Pet food is regulated by the FDA just like human food but the regulations are not as strict. If a bag of dog food is marketed as “dinner,” like beef or chicken dinner for dogs, the main ingredient only needs to make up 25% of the total food content. If the food is labeled as “chicken flavor,” it doesn’t need to contain a certain percentage of chicken in order to be sold. The rest of the total content can comprise fillers, by-products, and unnecessary or unhealthy substitutes for protein.
While commercial puppy food brands can claim they are the best food for puppies or even vet-approved, the ingredients label could throw up some red flags. The ingredients on commercial pet food labels are listed in order of prevalence or by weight.
Common products found on these labels are:
- Meat by-products
- Poultry by-products
- Meat meal
- Meat and bone meal
- Animal by-product meal
- Poultry by-product meal
- Poultry meal
These ingredients come from the organs of slaughtered animals (such as the liver, stomach, intestines, spleen, brain, etc.), blood, underdeveloped eggs, bones, and other products not typically consumed by humans. Natural pet food that contains real meat and real ingredients is a better option, especially for puppies.
Commercial puppy and dog food brands also use low-cost grains like corn and rice as “fillers” in dry and wet food. These fillers are a cheap way of packing food bags or cans but can lead to some unfortunate health risks.
Pet foods high in carbohydrates, like corn and rice, contribute to canine obesity. Carbs have a high glycemic index, meaning they cause rapid spikes in blood sugar, which can negatively impact hormone signals and metabolism, leading to excessive weight gain and other obesity-related health problems.
Some commercial dry and pet food brands have been shown to have higher rates of food poisoning. The FDA has identified a possible link between common ingredients in commercial puppy and dog food brands and canine dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart.
You want to know what you are feeding your pets and the best way to ensure your puppy gets the best start in life is with natural homemade puppy food.
Why Homemade Puppy Food?
Dogs, especially growing puppies need a balanced diet with the right amount of protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals. Certain diets may not allow your puppy to get enough essential nutrients. A puppy relies on its mother’s milk for nutrition for its first four weeks of life.
Once the puppy is weaned, it is ready to eat solid food. They require more protein than adult dogs; their meals should comprise about 25 to 30 percent protein. You can easily achieve this balance with our homemade puppy food.
Sweet Potatoes: An antioxidant food and a rich source of fiber, vitamin B6 and A, manganese, and potassium.
Carrots: Rich in beta-carotene and promotes a healthy heart and eyes. A great source of fiber, vitamins A, B6, C and K, potassium, thiamine, niacin, folate, and manganese.
Apples: Natural antioxidant containing fruit high in fiber and vitamin C.
Red Beets and Red Beet Leaves: A natural anti-inflammatory that helps dogs with itchy skin. A good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, iron and magnesium, manganese, and folate.
Blueberries or Blackberries: Antioxidizing and a good source of fiber, vitamin C, E and K, potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
Spinach and kale: A vital source of fiber, vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, niacin, zinc, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, beta-carotene, iron, copper, riboflavin, calcium, and folate.
Broccoli: Promotes heart and skin health and a healthful source of fiber, vitamin A, B6 and K, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, folate, and potassium.
Eggs: A good source of vitamin A and B12, selenium, iron, riboflavin, and phosphorus and beneficial fatty acids.
Parsley: Contains volatile oils with anti-inflammatory and carminative benefits. An abundant source of fiber, vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, niacin, zinc, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, iron, copper, riboflavin, calcium, and folate.
Turmeric: A spice with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that supports a healthy digestive and circulatory system. A rich source of fiber, vitamin C and B6, magnesium, iron, potassium, and manganese.
Pink Himalayan salt: A mineral that promotes heart, digestive, and bone health. A good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Coconut Oil: Contains natural antioxidants, vitamin E, and promotes skin and fur health. Low in cholesterol and sodium.
Olive Oil: Rich in antioxidants and carotenoids while being low in cholesterol and sodium.
Hemp Seed: A good source of magnesium and zinc.
Among the nutritional benefits, our homemade puppy food is also good for:
- Maintaining, or reaching an optimal weight
- A shiny coat and healthy skin
- Teeth and gum health
- Reducing allergies or the potential for allergic reactions
- Improving water intake
- Maintaining your peace of mind
You want to know that the food you give your puppy has the absolute best ingredients and is great for them.
Where to Buy Homemade Puppy Food
If you want quality homemade puppy food, Jemelli uses fresh, human-grade GMO-free superfoods, meat, fruits, and vegetables to make high-quality dog food.
No meat meal or meat by-products here. Use our link to sign up. Just tell us the size of your dog when you sign up and we’ll deliver healthy, homemade meals straight to your door every month.
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