Do you remember the 2007 pet food recall? Melamine and cyanuric acid were found in several top shelf brands of wet dog food. Melamine is used to make plastic. Cyanuric acid is used to chlorinate pools. Neither is approved for use in pet food. The FDA discovered these chemicals in the imported wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate used to make pet. Eating them can lead to kidney failure.
Officially, 226 cats and dogs died, but the death toll is believed to have been much, much higher because of under reporting. This alone should be enough to scare you to home made dog food, but if it isn’t, just read the ingredients on a typical can of dog food.
For example, do you know what wheat gluten is? According to AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials), it’s, “The tough, viscid nitrogenous substance remaining when wheat is washed to remove the starch.” It’s a cheap byproduct of human food processing with virtually no nutritional value left, and is used primarily as a binder.
If you buy commercial pet food, not only do you have to worry about whether or not some “under the radar” chemical that could kill your dog has accidentally been introduced into the food, you have to contend with a myriad of ingredients that you are unfamiliar with, many of whom have no value other than to add bulk.
Depending on what brand of food you are feeding your dog, he could be slowly starving to death before your very eyes because of nutritional deficiencies. If you make his food yourself you don’t have to worry about that. You know what ingredients go into his food. You know their quality. You know their nutritional value. Home made dog food will go a long way in ensuring your dog lives a long, vital, healthy life.