What Is Best Dog Food For Labs?
Best dog food for labs is different from other breeds. Labradors are very active dogs and need high quality diet to keep them healthy. They have a strong digestive system which requires a good diet to maintain their health. Some types of dog food may cause some problems if not properly prepared or fed correctly.
Labradors are known to eat a lot of dry kibble and they require a diet that contains protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. These nutrients are needed for proper growth and development of puppies.
A well balanced diet is necessary for your labrador puppy to grow up healthy. If you feed him too much dry food or too little, he will suffer from various health issues such as dental disease, obesity, allergies etc.
There are many types of dog food available but most of them contain grains, vegetables and fruits. Grain is a type of plant material that contains starch.
Starch is one of the main ingredients used in making processed foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. Vegetables include carrots, peas, corn and other similar plants. Fruits include apples, pears and oranges. Dogs do not have the same digestive system as humans and they lack the required enzymes to break down grains, vegetables and fruits in their stomachs. This makes their digestion process much longer and more complicated. The digestive process starts in the mouth and then moves on to the stomach where it is further digested and passes through the intestines. The food is then absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal walls.
Why Grain Is Bad For Dogs?
Most types of dog food contain grains and vegetables which are not good for your dog’s health. Dry dog food contains a lot of grains while some canned foods contain tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables. Grains are very hard for dogs to digest and they contain a lot of carbohydrates and starch which can cause a spike in blood-sugar levels. While high blood-sugar levels may be beneficial for humans, they are extremely bad for canines. A canine’s blood-sugar levels should remain constant. When the blood-sugar levels go up too much, your dog may start experiencing hyperactivity, increased heart rate, twitches and jerks. In extreme cases, it can lead to coma and death.
Grain is not good for human beings as well and people who suffer from diabetes are advised to avoid foods that contain grains. Grains are cheap ingredients used by manufacturers to make dog food more affordable and appealing to the eye.
Another big problem with grains is that dogs lack the enzymes necessary to break down starches and carbohydrates. Grains are hard for dogs’ digestive systems to process and may cause a lot of complications such as bloat, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, hemorrhoids and even death.
Why Vegetables Are Bad For Dogs?
Grains are not the only bad ingredients present in dog food. Tomatoes, carrots, peas, potatoes and other similar foods collectively known as vegetables are just as harmful for canines. Dogs do not have the required enzymes to digest fruits and vegetables as their bodies have not evolved to process such foods. Vegetables also contain a lot of carbohydrates and starches that can cause blood-sugar levels to spike.
Tomatoes are especially harmful for dogs and even a small amount can cause your dog to experience vomiting, diarrhea and other similar symptoms. It is advised that you keep all such foods away from your pet to avoid any accidents.
Dog food manufacturers often add fruits and vegetables to dog food as cheap ingredients to make the food look healthier. Adding these ingredients does not make the food healthy for dogs as they lack the vital nutrients that a growing puppy requires.
The only fruits and vegetables that are good for dogs are those that are mostly consists of pulp and skin. For example, a banana or apple would be good for a dog because the skin of the apple or banana is eaten along with the pulp.
However, if we eat the skin or pulp of an apple or a banana, we would start feeling sick to our stomachs because our stomachs cannot digest these skins and pulps. The same rule applies to dogs.
Why Meat Is Good For Dogs?
Meat is the only good ingredient present in dog food and all other ingredients should be of a meat origin. It doesn’t matter whether the meat is fresh or frozen, but it is always better if the meat is fresh because it contains more nutrients. Canned food often contains more meat than dry food because manufacturers usually add a lot of starch and carbohydrates to moisten the food.
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