The quantity of meat that was originally used in dry dog food has been very reduced in the last ten years and has been largely replaced by low-cost and potently harmful cereals and grains.
products by many lower quality dog food companies. How each dog processes the nutrients contained in these products individually depends very much on how easily each specific cereal can be digested.
The actual amount of nutrients your dog can obtain depends specifically on the amount and type of filling in the brand that feeds the dog. Dogs are usually able to absorb almost all of the carbohydrates in some grains, such as white rice, but are unable to digest many of the others, such as peanut shells.
Up to twenty percent of the nutritional value of other grains, such as oats, beans and wheat, can be poor or completely lost. The nutritional value of corn and potatoes is also much lower than that of rice. And some other ingredients used as fillers in dry foods, such as peanut shells, cotton peels, feathers, etc. have absolutely no nutritional value and are only used to keep the nuggets of dry dog food together or just to make your dog feel full! These fillings can be harmful to your dog and yet there are many unscrupulous manufacturers who use them anyway.
Since cereals are needed to keep dry food nuggets together, they must make up at least fifty percent of all ingredients. If you feed a dog this food every day, you can give him a hundred percent more cereal than the canines that normally eat in nature or that really need it.
If you check the labels on the cheap dry dog food bags, you’ll find two of the three main ingredients listed are usually some kind of cereal product… Grinded corn, corn gluten meal, brewer’s rice, beet pulp, feathers and cotton peel are some of the most commonly used. Why are they used? Because these are much less expensive and “cheaper” ingredients than meat.
Nature’s Recipe’s 1995 recipe (they took thousands of tons of dry dog food off the shelves) caused them to lose about twenty million dollars. All this happened when consumers complaining about their dogs were vomiting and losing their appetite. A fungus that produced vomit (a toxic substance produced by mold) was found contaminating the wheat of that brand.