The proteins in dog food are essential for your dog. Dogs need more protein than humans. Interestingly, protein has not always been the focus of dog food. Wikipedia presents several examples dating back to the 19th century showing that dog foods are composed mainly of cheese, milk, whey, oats, barley flour, potatoes and animal fats. Dog food has come a long way. Today, dog food manufacturers are concerned about dietary proteins and the many different ingredients needed to make a product that matches the amino acids a dog needs. All of these elements can be combined synergistically through the use of different food combinations. Some people believe that dogs are direct descendants of wolves and therefore their protein needs are based entirely on meat. Another argument is that dogs are natural scavengers and will eat almost anything, whether it is protein or not. Others think that with the domestication of dogs, and the fact that they have lived with humans for thousands of years, they have become incomplete carnivores. And there are other opinions that go beyond that as well. Although dogs are designed to eat more than meat, the meats that go into commercial dog foods need to be well understood. This is an extremely broad topic, and I will do my best to address the main points. There is an incredible wealth of information on this subject and some of it is quite frightening.
Commercial dog foods tend to consist of a meat product and various other items that are normally carbohydrates or meat by-products. The first five ingredients that appear on the side of a bag of dog food tend to be a basic summary of 95% of its contents. That’s fine, but the problem is that pet food manufacturers embellish the value of the product in the bag. Obviously, every dog owner needs to be very careful with these items and how they are placed and labeled on the package.
When it comes to meat in general, the first 50% of a slaughtered animal that can be used is considered “humane grade. Some people have found that feeding their dogs “human-grade” food is an appropriate solution to all their dietary needs. Many feed companies use the words “humane grade” as a catch-all phrase to make some of their food look better than it really is. The idea of “human-grade” food is good, but it’s not absolutely said that a feed is of good human quality is quite deceptive.
. It means that the food is good enough to be consumed by humans. It has little to do with the processing of the product. The phrase “made with human-grade ingredients” does not mean that the final product is human-grade. In short, the processing of human-grade meat may, in fact, be something that would not be safe for human consumption at all. The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) does not even have a definition of “human-grade” ingredients.