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Holistic Dog Food, The Whole Truth

Jun 13, 2008
This is a question many pet owners have been asking lately. As the debate over holistic dog food continues, more questions than answers seem to be raised as to whether holistic dog food is better than processed kibble or canned food. Major manufacturers of dog foods naturally claim that their dog foods are superior because they use special formulas to promote shiny coats, strong bones, and keep your dog healthy. But more and more people are beginning to see that holistic dog food is perhaps the best choice available on the market today.

And holistic foods are no longer difficult to find. A growing number of pet stores and organic food stores now prepare holistic dog foods, often using only the fresh, organic ingredients. This is food that would be fit and healthy for human consumption. But even so, the nutritional value of holistic dog food is still being hotly debated.

Some independent veterinarians are cautious about using holistic dog food. While it might be nutritious when fed in controlled quantities, too much could cause problems. The danger of overfeeding holistic dog food to your dog may lead to an overdose of certain vitamins. Like with humans, an overexposure to vitamins such a Vitamin A and B12 can lead to dangerous side effects. These side effects can even be fatal to dogs.

Pet food manufacturers are quick to point that they control these vitamins and other ingredients like fats and calories that out are available with their foods. Pet food manufacturers and their nutritional experts also argue that their food is safer because their dog food has been designed to be fed in prescribed quantities with no ill side effects. Organic foods made at a pet store or specialty store don't necessarily have these controls.

Additionally, the argument made by nutritionists is that the quality of the inputs doesn't exist as claimed by organic food makers, and the result is the potential for poor health effects for the dog. The major food manufacturers argue that their quality control is high enough in terms of standards of inputs to ensure total safety in feeding an animal their product.

That argument about safety is a point of contention, especially after the dog food mass recalls a couple years ago, in which hundreds of brands were recalled due to poor quality control that resulted in poor produce used in the food, contaminating the food with bacteria that killed dozens of animals. Because of this, many pet owners have switched permanently to holistic dog food.

Bottom line, no pet has died as a result of eating holistic dog food in the United States in recent years. And studies are showing that holistic dog foods do have a nutritional value that promotes animal health. Not only that, there are controls on the production of the food. USDA guidelines for animal feed must be followed, and the food has to be tested by a nutritional expert to prove that the food is safe for eating.

Ultimately, the consumer needs to be aware of the nutritional content of the foods that they feed their dog, and how safe that food is. Organic foods are still proven to be the safest alternative on the market for dogs to eat, although bagged kibble is still fairly safe to feed a pet. The consumer needs to use their discretion, and possibly the advice of a veterinarian or animal nutritionist, in choosing food for their dog.
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