The truth about commercial dog food
The commercial pet food industry simply hates those of us who make homemade dog food for our canine companions. They loathe and fear us with a vengeance. Dogs should never be fed people food, they say. People food is bad for your dog, they say. Overlooking the fact that commercial dog food is made in part with people food. Not the good parts of course. But the parts that are not fit for human consumption. The parts to which manufacturers add chemical-based artificial colours and flavourings to make them smell and taste like real food when they’re not. The parts to which they add preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). The parts they then further adulterate with by-products from the likes of the commercial logging industry.
Why manufacturers add sawdust to dog food
The commercial logging industry I hear you ask? What has that got to do with the dog biscuit that I feed my dog every day? Cellulose, that’s what it has to do with your commercial dog food. Check it out. That food you feed your best friend every single day contains a healthy helping of woodpulp. That’s sawdust to you and I. Take a look next time you open a bag of your dog’s dry dog biscuit. If you see cellulose on the label, that’s sawdust. And even if it doesn’t specifically mention cellulose amongst the ingredients, it’s there anyway. Why? Well, apart from the fact that it’s cheap, it’s an important part of the manufacturing process. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside doesn’t it. Finding out that you are inadvertently feeding your best and most loyal friend bits of pine tree twice a day!
Manufacturers like to pretend their food is homemade
However, I digress. The commercial pet food industry hates those of us who make homemade dog food. But visit Google and type in “homemade dog food” and see how many commercial dog food companies pay to have their products feature highly in the Google rankings. Despite the fact they are no more homemade than own-brand supermarket ravioli.
See that little green oblong box with the “Ad” in it? That’s a ‘sponsored ad’. That particular commercial dog food company has paid Google so that their advertisement will feature highly in the rankings when someone searches for homemade dog food. All to try and fool you into buying their highly processed kibble instead of feeding your dog real food.
So my question is this. If homemade dog food, which is made with proper people food and not by-products, is so bad for your dog, why are commercial pet food companies trying to fool you into thinking you’re buying homemade dog food from them when you’re not?
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?