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Holistic Dog Diet: A Dog Lovers Guide to the Best Dog Diets on the Internet

Updated on July 6, 2009

Dog Diet Overview

Dog lovers are constantly trying to find a healthy diet for their pets. Many dogs are intolerant to certain grains, most of which are found in dog foods in the pet stores. It is not uncommon for a dog to have food allergies, much like humans, especially to wheat and corn products. Finding a dog food that is full of necessary nutrients without the excessive preservatives and by-products can be a difficult task. Due to a rising concern about the health benefits of packaged dog food, pet owners have begun to seek out holistic foods for their beloved pets. A variety of home-made recipes can be found at holisticdog.

Dog food is fairly new. Years ago, dogs would eat from the table. They would be given leftovers after a meal. The foods we eat are acceptable for a dog, but there needs to be some extra protein and nutrients. A dog’s digestive system works differently from a human. This is why dog food was developed. It was an attempt to provide a food that had the needed amounts of protein for a healthy dog diet. Unfortunately, with these added proteins came preservatives and chemicals. Despite the great idea, our pets soon began ingesting chemicals and by-products.

The History Behind Holistic Dog Foods

As the dog food market grew, manufacturers began developing “healthy” dog foods. Even though the name suggests it may be better for your dog, these foods still contained a high amount of grain and preservatives. If you take the time to carefully read the labels of dog food on the shelves, you will find that very few are made without chemical additives and corn or wheat products. Many dog food brands who claim to be healthy contain added colors, flavors, sorbitol and by-products. These ingredients are not at all healthy.

Dog owners have recently been introduced to the new generation of dog food; holistic food. Holistic dog foods are made from natural ingredients. This means that instead of finding by-products, the food is made with human grade ingredients. Holistic dog food is designed not only to satisfy a dog’s hunger, but to aid in other areas as well, such as skin health, joint issues and intestinal diseases. Holistic foods do not contain corn, wheat or soy. These things usually irritate the lining of the stomach and can cause serious problems for dogs with allergies.

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Best Holistic Dog Food Recipes

Since holistic dog food is made with human grade ingredients, the price is naturally higher than conventional dog food. However, it is possible to make your own holistic dog food at home, using ingredients typically already in your kitchen. There is no set recipe for holistic dog food. It is a trial and error process. Some dogs can be picky eaters, so if you know what foods your dog enjoys, try to incorporate them into your home-made food. If you do not have the time or desire to prepare your own food, Canidae Holistic Dog Food is the best available.

Making your own dog food is simple. You just need the right ingredients. There are thousands of recipe combinations. Some of the best holistic recipes can be found at vetlord and goodpet. When making your own recipe, make sure to have the necessary amount of protein. A dog requires 4 units of protein per day. This is the most important part of your dog’s food. One unit can be 2 ounces of fish or meat, 1/3 cup of cottage cheese, ½ cup of yogurt or 1 egg, just to name a few. Be sure to add the right amount so your precious companion gets all the healthy nutrients he or she needs.

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