Common Nutritional Dog Health Problems
Benefits of Fresh Food Diets
Common nutritional dog health problems that may be resolved simply by changing food & activity habits
The average manufactured dog food on the market today isn’t the spectacular image you see on shiny packaging. In fact, no one would ever even consider most of them fit for human consumption at all. Most of them will just squeak by, meeting the absolute minimum government-mandated nutritional requirements.
While we are told dogs are feasting on great tasting, nutritious meals, the complete opposite could be true. Wouldn’t you rather give your best friends fresh food they actually enjoy and benefit from?
Help Stop Obesity
Obesity is easily one of the largest nutrition-related dog health problems today, and often leading to numerous other health issues! The blame lies in part with such carbohydrate-rich, starchy manufactured dog foods.
Dogs don’t need carbohydrates as an essential nutrient for energy production in exactly the same way humans do. According to the National Research Council, carbs aren’t even essential to a dog’s diet. Too many carbs can lead to unnecessary weight gain, joint issues (Osteoarthritis), conditions like Diabetes, and more.
Prevent Heart Disease
The idea of ‘grain-free’ dog food has become huge in the last few years. Countless popular brands produce grain-free dog food diets to help keep up with enormous demand. Most pet owners want to give their dogs the absolute best, and they were told 100% grain free diets were the best.
The basic idea behind the craze is simple: cheaper dog food brands would pack their foods full of starchy vegetables. Some enormously popular brands would produce bags of kibble that were mostly grains! Weight gain became a huge problem (and still is) because consumers would buy these cheap foods, and their pets would need to eat more to get the proper nutrition.
Grains Are Good. Just Not too Much.
Health-conscious dog lovers would go the extreme opposite route, avoiding grains altogether. After all, they just wanted the best for their dogs and were told that was it.
Back in 2018, the American FDA began looking into increased reports of dogs suffering from Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (common but drastic heart condition in dogs), many of whom happened to be on a grain-free diet.
Many processed grain-free dog foods are deficient in the amino acids required for a dog’s body to make Taurine. Taurine aids a dog’s body in many things, including cardiac functions. If you don’t want to switch from your grain-free diet, ensure Taurine is among the ingredients listed.
Due to the problems mentioned above, more overweight dogs are diabetic than ever before. In fact, diabetes is becoming almost common in obese dogs, and about 56% of domestic dogs in America alone are considered clinically obese.
You may have heard or read the risk is low, and there is no connection between obesity and diabetes. All you have to do is understand how a pancreas works to see the connection.
In both humans and dogs, the pancreas is an organ that releases chemicals to help digestion. Insulin, for example, allows cells to absorb blood glucose (sugars) so they, in turn, can feed themselves. In both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the pancreas isn’t working as it should, blood sugar levels continue to rise, and the body’s cells can’t get enough.
Type One: The dog requires regular insulin injections to control blood sugar levels.
Type Two: Cells don’t recognize insulin as they should, insulin isn’t able to perform the intended job, or not enough insulin is produced. This type of diabetes occurs mostly in older or obese dogs.
Sure, there may not be ‘proof’ obesity leads to diabetes, but consider how hard the pancreas is working to control constant high levels of blood sugar. Dogs don’t need many carbohydrates in the first place, but all of a sudden carbohydrates (complex sugars) make over 60% of their diets. Any organ that is constantly overworked will suffer.
Let’s take a Look!
Take a look at the top few ingredients in this fresh dog food diet below. You’re given two quality sources of animal protein in the first two ingredients alone, which is already better than half the brands out there. Beef is packed full of the amino acids your dog’s body needs while leaving out unnecessary carbohydrates.
The organ meats you see are especially important, yet very rarely seen in anything but the most costly dog food brands out there! Not only are they rich in B vitamins, but organ meats also provide valuable minerals.
Dogs are able to benefit from all the nutrients available in those vegetables (and grains) below, while not overwhelmed by them.
Beef, beef heart, sweet potato, peas, potato, beef kidney, carrot, beef liver, spinach, chia seed, dicalcium phosphate, blueberries, fish oil, iodized salt, zinc gluconate, rosemary, vitamin E supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodide