Fresh Federally Inspected Lean Ground Meat
- Muscle Meat -
- Proteins are the most important component of food for your dog.
- Your dog needs protein to produce hair, nails,
tendons, cartilage and all the connective tissues that support the rest of the tissues and organs in the dog's body.
Protein is most important for your dog's growth and proper development of muscles and strength.
- Protein is also
required for a functioning immune system, for production of hormones, proper volume of blood, the prevention of injury and
- When your dog eats protein:
- Enzymes are secreted by the pancreas into the intestinal and these
enzymes break the proteins down into short chains of amino acids small enough to be absorbed by the intestine.
- Enyzmes play a role, often in conjunction with vitamins, in just about every body reaction. They are like the keys that unlock doors to chemical reactions. There are
many different enzymes as each is the catalyst for one specific reaction. The pancreas secretes several kinds of enzymes that assist in digestion. In addition to
to enzymes secreted by the panceaas, enzymes are present in fresh foods. In the case of older dogs, the panceas does not produce enough enzymes to break
down their foods for optimal absorption of nutrients.
amino acids are required by your dog and need to be supplied in your dog's food. Foods that supply essential amino acids are called complete proteins.
- Your dog can get proteins from many sources including plant sources but only proteins obtained from animal sources
such as eggs, whole milk and lean meat are considered complete proteins.
- The major source of your
dog food should be the complete protein type.
- Grains are another important source of proteins in dog foods but they are
considered incomplete protein sources because they do not have some of the essential amino acids your dog needs.
- Animal protein sources should
be the major source of protein in your dog's diet not Soybean, wheat and corn.
- That's not to say certain grains are
not useful; rice, barley, oatmeal and spelt are good sources of carbohydrates, which your dog needs.
- You should not
feed your dog food that lists soybean meal, soy flour or corn gluten is the primary or even secondary source of protein.&esnp;
Dogs do not have sufficient enzymes to digest them and use them as protein.
- Remember, not all protein sources are equal.
Some proteins are more digestible than others, digestible proteins can be broken down and absorbed by your dog's
gastrointestinal tract easier and gives your dog the nutrients it needs.
- Fresh Lean ground beef (higher in protein, lower in fat) and fresh liver will provide more of the essential and non essential amino acids much easier than
by-products. Meat is the most natural food for carnivors.
- Labels can be misleading, dog fod manufacturers need only to list the amount of crude protein rather than the amount your dog can actually digest.
Manufacturers can and do include less-cost ingredients that provide less usable protein than you think. Good quality beef
carefully processed will be about 95% digestible while bi-product types will be about 75% digestible and is really about half
the net usable protien of the good quality beef. Sadly both labels will show the same crude protein content.
- Various meat industry by-products listed by pet food manufacturers can contain poulty feather meal, connective tissues, leather meal, hooves,
fecal waste from poultry and other animals and horse and cattle hair.
- Dogs are only able to utilize about 75% of the protein found in these fibrous, tough ingredients and the meat meal is
even less digestible due to the high cooking temperatures needed to sterilize it. Another cheap ingredient used is
Dried blood meal and it contains even less usable protein.
- By-products listed on dog food lables are a cheap source of protein for these manufacturers. They may contain all
the essential and nonessential amino acids but in fact they basically only boost the crude protein level and provide relatively little
nourishment for your dog.>
- Better quality dog food such as Human Grade Canine Cuisine is more expensive to make, but
you get what you pay for, and yet, still lower than commercial canned moist dog food!