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It is worth knowing what is likely missing from DIY dog food
Let us explain:
As more and more people become concerned about the quality of their dog’s food, it is natural that they would seek to look towards “real” ingredients.
Dog parents frequently either add meat and vegetables to their commercial dog food or start from scratch, using recipes they find online. Given the number of recalls and the lack of transparency of dog food manufacturers it is no wonder that these options are appealing.
BUT the missing piece is how these solutions satisfy the dog’s necessary nutrients.
Commercial dog food companies are required to meet the AAFCO standards for all of their products. That means that no matter what quarrel you may have with the manufacturer’s process or ingredients, what arrives in your dog’s bowl IS balanced and complete. Anything you do to substitute all or part of your dog’s feeding then, may cause the food to have a shortage in one or more of the 42 necessary nutrients for your dog’s long-term health.
What we see as the “gap” in thought process is that whatever is being used to “add-to” or“instead of” also needs to meet the AAFCO standards in order to be sure that the dog’s meal isn’t missing nutrients.
The question is does it matter? Many dog parents do not believe that it does, so we decided to do some comparisons of common solutions that dog parents use. One is a recipe found online that is full of wonderfully wholesome meat and veggies –but without any regard to how much of each veggie it would take to supply the necessary nutrients – much less address serving size or calorie amounts.
The other is another common scenario where both chicken and rice are added to kibble. It is commonly stated, that the “kibble” is used to provide the nutrients. We should end that belief right here. The commercial dog food companies are not in the practice of adding extra (costly) nutrients to their food - so for every ounce you don’t feed your dog, you are missing one-ounce worth of 42 nutrients.
Let’s look at each of these approaches in detail.
The first column on the chart shows the items in the recipe. They are all very appealing.Using this recipe would avoid the concerns about recalls and poor quality meats being used in commercial dog food. But if you look below, you will see that only the top 1/3 or so of the nutrients needed are at a 100% level (see the green lines). As you go down, the yellow indicates shortages and the red indicate critical shortages. In some cases there are nutrients entirely missing. Fed a diet like this on a regular basis is a recipe for dangerous nutrient deficiencies.
The second column is the “nutrients via kibble” approach. Understandably, seeing the low appeal of kibble in the bowl, owners wish to dress it up or give it some“goodness.” Also an intuitive solution. Unfortunately, as mentioned previously,kibble manufacturers do not provide “extra” vitamins or minerals in their formulations. Their goal is to reach the minimal AAFCO requirements at the lowest cost possible. That means that one of two things happen when you “supplement” commercial dog food. Kibble or canned. One, if you feed all of the dog food recommended on the label and the extra “toppings” it will add calories and inappropriate weight gain. Or two,you feed less than the recommended amount on the label and make up the calories with your meat and or veggies. This approach avoids the undesirable weight gain, but creates a nutrient shortage.
Looking deeper you can again see all of the nutrients where the yellow or red bars indicate shortages or critical shortages.
The last column shows bars that are all green. When carefully calculated recipes and nutrients work together, it is possible to meet all of the AAFCO requirement AND include only quality ingredients. As you might imagine though, it is NOT easy to do this on your own. It took Dr Tudor, even with his extensive background in veterinary medicine and nutrition a number of years to develop a program that would accomplish this goal.
Our recipes not only guarantee minimum levels of nutrients but they also guard against exceeding the safe upper limits such as for vitamin A which can become toxic at high levels.
If you wish to take control of your dog’s bowl, we say yes, but let us help you do is safely.
We think you should know what is in the food you feed now
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We think you should know what is in our recipes
All of our formulations exceed the AAFCO & NRC Standards. Below is an example: We send a copy of the nutrient data sheet for your Personalized Meal Plan to your vet and to you too, if you wish!
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