Run-of-the-mill kibble undergoes extensive heating during the manufacturing process. The fresh ingredients that go into a dog food recipe are ultimately stripped of their nutritional value and replaced by harmful synthetic vitamins that may put your pup at risk for a variety of health problems.
TheAssociation of American Feeding Control Officials (AAFCO)
lays out specific guidelines for the regulation of pet food. This voluntary organization protects animals by testing various animal feeds and medications throughout all 50 states.
After the heating process that destroys the nutritional value of most dog foods, synthetic vitamins and minerals are added to pass AAFCO standards. These additives do not carry the same nutritional benefit as their organic counterparts, and they can significantly threaten your pet's wellbeing.
Synthetic Dog Food Vitamins
Most dog kibble contains something called a premix. The premix is found on the label of wet and dry dog foods and contains a list of ingredients that went into the product. The long chemical names associated with vitamins are part of the premix. Without this concoction, pets would be malnourished and even fall ill after consuming the "dead" dog food product.
Unfortunately, premixes are not a reliable source of canine nutrients. The majority of kibble premixes are manufactured in India and China, where they are churned out for overwhelmingly low prices for even lower quality. Unfortunately, dog food manufacturers aren't legally obligated to specify the source of their premix on product packaging. The only way to know where your dog kibble premix comes from is to contact the manufacturer directly.
The Benefits of Whole Dog Food
"Whole" foods are foods that have undergone as little processing and modification as possible in order to retain their full nutritional benefits. They are rid of additives and enhancements, ensuring that their dietary value.
Whole foods allow for vitamins to be consumed and absorbed by the metabolism in their raw form. Synthetic vitamins and minerals lack thousands of the necessary ingredients required to provide proper nourishment.
A whole food doggy diet consists of fresh meats, eggs, vegetables like broccoli, carrots and cauliflower and vitamin-rich organs such as lamb liver, hearts and kidneys.You may want to take a look at your go-to dog food and consider whether your dog's kibble is doing more harm than good.