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Guest Contribution : The Ingredients that Are Good and Bad for Your Pet Dog

The Ingredients that Are Good and Bad for Your Pet Dog

Meet Jordan Walker, one of the regular contributors at the Coops And Cages blog. As one who shares the same interest in dogs, Jordan will talk about those good and bad ingredients that could be found in our pet dog’s plate.

Ingridients that are good and bad for your pet dog

Dogs are one of the best animal companions. They could be your partners during your morning walk at your neighborhood’s nearby park. They could be your silly roommate that keeps you away from being bored. Or they could just be your energy fix when you’re feeling down. Because your pet dog makes you happy, you feel the need to feed him more as a token of gratitude, as a sign that you also care for him.

The happy face that you see from your dog when he’s eating makes your heart filled with warmth. But as a responsible pet owner, you need to be more aware and more conscious as to what you feed your dog. You want your pet to be happy, too, right? In this article, you’ll be able to know the good and the bad ingredients to your waggling animal companion.

The good and bad meat ingredients

Meat is an essential part of a dog’s diet because it is a great source of protein. Protein consists of amino acids which are important for your dog’s growth and development. Meat could come from chicken, duck, turkey, pork, beef, lamb and salmon. The lean parts of these meat sources are considered good meat, but how about the so-called bad meat?

Bad meats are generally the by-products of slaughtered animals such as the head, neck, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, brain, spleen, etc. Though most people think that these by-products are also meat since they come from animal sources, they are not really classified as meat because they lack real meat content. Plus, these by-products might be consisting of diseased tissues and organs.

Depending on the breed, size and activity of your dog, his protein requirements differ from any other dog.

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Whole grains and corn/soy/wheat products

Foods containing carbohydrates provide energy to your pets. Examples of carbohydrate-rich foods are whole grains such as corn, soy, wheat, rice, barley, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, and many more. It is often debated that dogs don’t really have a nutritional need for carbohydrates but they could still burn carbohydrates to use as an extra source of energy and help improve their digestion.

You may include whole grains in their diet as long as you provide them with quality ingredients. But among the whole grain products that you should cross out in your list are corn, soy and wheat, as well as the milling leftovers. This is because these whole grain products are only considered as cheap fillers in any dog food.

Essential fatty acids and animal fats

Fats have gained a bad rap in animal nutrition, but not all fats are bad. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 are among the good fats that your pet dog needs. You could derive these good fats from salmon oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil, chicken fat and pork fat. These essential fatty acids add flavor to your pet’s food and they also help your pet to maintain a healthy and shiny coat.

On the other hand, animal fats which are obtained from the “4-D” class (dead, dying, diseased, disabled) are obviously bad for your pet’s consumption. If bad fats are fed to your dog, your pet would be at risk of developing health problems such as obesity.

Natural and artificial preservatives

Preservatives are usually added to your dog’s kibble to prevent early spoilage of the food, as well as improve its taste. Though preservatives are generally attached to the notion of unhealthy and artificial, there are actually preservatives which are good for your dog such as the natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Ethoxyquin, propylene glycol, BHT and BHA are some of the artificial preservatives you have to watch out for when choosing dog foods. These artificial preservatives are often linked with the development of several health conditions such as cancer, kidney and liver damage, and intestinal blockage.

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Now that you have known what’s good and bad for your pet dog, it is really essential for you to read the dog food’s label. If you want your pet to stay healthy, stay away from the abovementioned bad food ingredients. As to how much good food your pet dog should consume, always ask your vet first. Dogs have different built, activities and health conditions. Based on their current health status, your vet may prescribe your dog to eat as much as this or as little as that. But generally knowing these tips, you know what food ingredients need to be consumed or avoided. Dogs would feel your love for them if you treat them as you love yourself. Provide them shelter, give them nutritious food and play with them!

 

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Jordan WalkerAuthor: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

 

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BORN THIS WAY? Yes, Insecure to the Bone

Hiya Poutlings

I’m sure by now that most of you are aware that I’ve never ever bought into this women… For example, just two weeks ago she was banging on about the media hoo-ha of her weight gain, then she posted a series of photographs of her in her underwear (of doing sit-ups around the clock for a week) accompanied a “Body Revolution” campaign urging others to embrace their bodies. The mixed message of “embrace who you are” with “look I’m thin again” doesn’t agree with me… and I really do not give a shit if she DID suffer from bulimia and/or annorexia since she was a teenager, she has a social responsibility to fufil as her target market is a young generation with young minds, and I must be honest, I don’t believe the bullshit that comes out of her mouth anyway.

So she’s gone back to parading her bod as a matter of business, because frankly, her music is not her main business…. On Friday she went for lunch and Les Pirates, Juan Les Pins in the South of France in a bikini top/bra and denim shorts – so desperate for us to see that she’s toned up again.

I do not call this a Body Revolution, to me that is simply treating your body like a piece of meat. Oh yes, she likes to wear meat too…

I question the likes Yoko Ono and Oprah Winfrey praising Draga as a role model to misaligned youth. The message I’m receiving from Gaga is: Cover your body when it doesn’t meet your perception of society’s expection, then crash diet and compulsively exercise, and walk around half naked to prove that you’ve got a hot bod again.

As I’ve always believed, and it has now been proved yet again, she was in fact BORN THIS WAY, insecure!! She needs a warning label for the under 18s.

So anyway, Draga went back to her fail safe of early 2012 injecting the “Lady” back into her look for the launch of her ironical expensive hooker scent, Fame, at Harrods this weekend. Draga arrived to her appearance in a gold horse drawn carriage. Classy.

for this occassion, Lady Gaga got her RuPaul on with full length figure-hugging black dress, massive hair, winged Winehouse eyes and baroque horror claws… what the feck?

Eleganza!

 I rest my case…

*proceeds to step off my Soapbox*

**missfitz

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