THE CULINARY CANINE OR WHAT YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT
A DOG’S NATURAL ANCESTRAL DIET LOOKED LIKE THIS:
SINCE DOG PHYSIOLOGY HASN’T CHANGED MUCH IN 100s OF YEARS, THE IDEAL FOOD FOR TODAY’S DOG SHOULD BE:
FREE FROM ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, COLORS, HORMONES AND PRESERVATIVES
HIGH IN MEAT-BASED LOW IN PROTEIN FROM A KNOWN ANIMAL SOURCE
HIGH IN NATURAL FATS & OILS
LOW IN CARBS
COMPLETE IN VITAMINS & MINERALS
HOW TODAY’S PET FOODS MEASURE UP (OR DON'T)
DIFFERENCES IN FORMULATION COME FROM CURRENT AAFCO STANDARDS WHICH INCLUDE TWO SPECIFIC DOG FOOD NUTRIENT PROFILES
One profile is designed for canine growth and reproduction ...
... and the other profile designed for adult dog maintenance.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BAG (OR CAN): SUPPLEMENTING YOUR DOG’S DIET
In 1993, Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst proposed a "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food” diet for dogs, which consists of raw whole foods similar to those eaten by dogs' wild ancestors (and suffers from a truly unfortunate
acronym). His proposed diet includes the following foods:
MUSCLE MEAT (ON BONE)
BONES (WHOLE OR GROUND)
ORGAN MEATS (LIVER,KIDNEYS)
VEGGIES(BROCCOLI, SPINACH, CELERY)
APPLES OR OTHER FRUITS
SOME DAIRY,SUCH AS YOGURT
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all animal food, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances and be truthfully labeled. Accordingly, the FDA
does not believe raw meat foods for animals are consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks, particularly when such products are brought into the home and/or used to feed domestic pets.
BEST IF USED BY: STORING DOG FOOD
SHELF LIFE (UNOPENED): 18-24 MONTHS FROM DATE PACKAGED.
ONCE OPENED, STORE AT: <40° F
ONCE OPENED, KEEPS FOR: 3 DAYS (refrigerated)
SHELF LIFE (UNOPENED): 12-15 MONTHS FROM DATE PACKAGED.
ONCE OPENED, STORE AT: <80 F
ONCE OPENED, KEEPS FOR: 90 DAYS (STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE)
www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048i82.htm www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/ideal-dog-food/ www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dog-food-vitamin-mineral-standards/
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