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7 Things You Didn't Know About Processed Dog Food

1. Kibble is highly processed, fast food food for dogs

We know very well that highly processed, fast food is bad for humans. Why would it be any different for dogs?

It doesn’t matter how fancy it’s made to sound or marketed, processed dog food is still highly processed dog food.

Generally, kibble is made by cooking/boiling waste product at an extremely high temperature to form what is called a ‘slurry’ (something we would normally throw out for ourselves). It is then dehydrated and forcibly compacted into pellets aka kibble or dog biscuits!

During this process, many of the nutrients in kibble are destroyed during the high-heat process, so synthetic additives are included to replace what has been lost.

Like the human equivalent of ultra-processed foods (or UFPs), eating too much of this kind of food for too long has a negative effect on their health. Some of the more immediate effects you may notice in your dog are: skin rashes and irritations, bare patches, redness, joint stiffness, weeping eyes, tear staining and obesity.

 

2. They’re full of cheap fillers

Looking at the ingredients on a bag of kibble you may be lead to believe that carbohydrates are an important factor in dog’s diet, making up to 60% of the food in some cases.

However, nothing could be further from the truth. Carbohydrates are non-essential for dogs meaning their body does not require carbohydrates to function. Grains and carbohydrates such as wheat, corn, soy and rice are simply a cheap way for pet food manufacturers to bulk out their products.

Most kibble products are loaded with grains and other high-starch carbohydrates like high-glycemic, genetically engineered corn, wheat, soy or rice. Even grain-free kibble often contains other starchy carbohydrates which have higher glycemic index than other regular kibble such as peas, lentils, potatoes, tapioca and legumes.

These fillers create metabolically stressful insulin, glucagon and cortisol upticks throughout a dog’s day. The carbohydrate overload is also a large contributing factor to the growing epidemic of dog obesity.

 

3. Preservatives, artificial additives and nasties

Have you ever considered how much preservative must be required to stop spoilage of dog biscuits that can sit on shelves for months at a time? Or in a dog bowl all day long?

Kibble has chemical preservatives added to it to keep the food from going off. When kibble does not have preservatives added to it, it means it has been subjected to such high temperatures that no preservatives aren’t necessary.

These high temperatures damage the original nutritional value of the food. Because of this, additives are needed to make up for what is lost. A vicious cycle that is completely unnecessary and avoidable when you can feed your dog a, natural, unprocessed, raw dog food diet made with whole food ingredients with Wolfit Box.

When processing is done, dry food is usually grey in appearance. Therefore food colouring is added to give them a more natural appearance. They are also often sprayed with vaguely described ‘animal fats’ to make them more palatable or improve their nutritional content.

 

4. Poor quality proteins and fats

Good quality proteins for dogs come from meat. However, meat is expensive and the commercial pet food industry is all about keeping costs at a minimum. Therefore the protein source they use is often obscure to say the least, or completely misleading at other times.

The meat that goes into dry pet food is put through at least four high-temperature cooking processes, leaving the digestibility, absorbability and overall nutrient value highly questionable.

This forces organs such as the pancreas to overwork as it draws away other enzymes from the bloodstream, leaving dogs vulnerable. This is something that is completely avoided when feeding Wolfit Box’s human-grade raw dog food.

The unregulated pet food sector is allowed to use 4D meat, that is meat from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals. They’re also made up from parts of animal which are not deemed fit for human consumption such as the digestive tract, brain, udders, hide and more.

The bottom line is: dogs need quality, human-grade dog food for their long-term health and wellness. That’s why Wolfit Box is here!

 

5. Low moisture content

Dry dog food is exactly that… dry. It is dehydrated and has almost all water removed so that it can sit on supermarket shelves for months at a time and is cheaper to transport. Nothing in that equation is about benefiting the end consumer, your dog.

When eating this low moisture ‘food’, dogs must rehydrate the kibble in order to break it down. This makes the kidneys work hard and moisture is taken from other parts of the body.

Dogs who eat dry food are often in a state of dehydration and although they can drink water afterwards, the damage is already done to their overworked bodies.

Dehydration has many harmful symptoms including: reduced energy and lethargy, panting, dry eyes, nose and gums and loss of skin elasticity.

When eating this low moisture ‘food’, dogs must rehydrate the kibble in order to break it down. This makes the kidneys work hard and moisture is taken from other parts of the body.

Dogs who eat dry food are often in a state of dehydration and although they can drink water afterwards, the damage is already done to their overworked bodies.

Dehydration has many harmful symptoms including: reduced energy and lethargy, panting, dry eyes, nose and gums and loss of skin elasticity.

 

6. Don’t presume the food your vet sells is a superior product

It may shock you to know that much of what vets learn about nutrition comes from pet food company vets, sales reps, articles, studies and seminars.

Veterinarians, much like medical doctors, learn relatively little about nutrition in school.

Some vets profit from selling one particular brand of pet food (and may even be prohibited from selling others) and therefore may have a conflict of interest that may influence their opinions.

If your vet hasn’t studied or hasn’t experimented on their own pets with a raw diet, it’s unlikely that they may know good from bad when it comes to diet and their knowledge may be based on outdated information.
Next time you see your vet ask them if they feed raw dog food to their dog.

 

7. Feeding the same food every day limits nutrition

Imagine that you ate the same meal every day… doesn’t sound fun, right? And now imagine that meal is the same mix of cheap grains sprayed on fats, additives and preservatives…

Nutritionists urge people to eat a variety of foods, both for improved nutrition and also to prevent allergies. The same is true for dogs. Dogs need variety, just like we do.

When switching your dog’s diet, remember to do it gradually over some weeks. In the short run your dog may get an upset stomach, but that’s actually a sign they need more variety in their diet!

As good nutrition heals your dog’s digestive system they will be able to eat different foods at every meal, just as people do!

Wolfit Box’s six healthy raw dog food recipes provide complete, balanced and diverse nutrition as formulated by vets and nutritionists for all life stages.
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