Americans have become pretty well versed in health and wellness. Reality TV has even chimed in by creating shows such as “The Biggest Loser” and other lifestyle renovation entertainment series.
We are running out of excuses for our own habits when fast food chains now proudly display nutrition information in the order line. And for anyone trying to break their Cola habit, advertisers will quickly beckon your addiction for 5-hour energy.
But all kidding aside, Americans haven’t quite realized what they put on their pet’s menu. Not all kibble is created equal, actually far from it. And by cutting a few dollars off the monthly shopping bill, some pet owners are actually setting their dog up for a lifetime of health issues and poor nutrition.
Mass retailers such as Walmart have filled the one-stop shopping desire and do offer an aisle dedicated to savings on dry pet food. But beware of a few brands in particular if one-stop shopping is your option of choice.
While the label promises a healthy mix of nutritious items, a breakdown of the ingredients is unimpressive. This food is full of filler (corn) and slaughter-house by-product (chicken by-product meal). Corn gluten is also high on the list, which has no nutritional benefit. Your dog will get his fill of added amino acids, but nothing of quality.
Alpo Dog Food
Alpo brand dog food pulls out all the stops when it comes to saving money. Twelve ingredients are considered “highly controversial” and one independent reviewer gave it just 1 star out of five.
“Judging by its ingredients alone, Alpo dry dog food appears to be a below-average kibble… What’s more, it’s hard to ignore the abundance of red-flag ingredients.”
Twin Pet dog food is just another (but harder to find) brand of low quality protein and mostly grain filler. If you want your pet to not just stay alive, but thrive, you better look for another brand.
Kibbles ‘n Bits
Kibbles ‘n Bits is not only full of red flag items, it also contains propylene glycol which was banned by the FDA in cat food. Food coloring is used in this food and what little nutrients are present, don’t appear to be in a form that can be utilized properly.
The meat and bone meal in Ol’ Roy dog food are harder for a dog to digest, making it a poor source of protein which is vital to good nutrition.
“What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this ingredient could come from almost anywhere: spoiled supermarket meat, roadkill, dead, diseased or dying livestock — even euthanized farm animals.”
The fat in this product is preserved with BHA which is a possible cancer-causing chemical.