I completely agree with this statement. You will never find a nutritionist human or animal (other than ones that work for dog food companies) that will tell you processd food is healthy for man or beast. Every single one of them will recommend fresh whole foods as opposed to processed foods which are all full of harmful ingredients.MYTH's
All commercial dog foods are bad
But there are no dog foods that don't contain dietary inappropriate ingredients.but there are companies who take great care in choosing the ingredients for their food.
Exactly true and if they needed them for health, canines would have gone extinct hundreds of thousands of years ago.A dog's digestive system is not able to fully digest and utilize grains
This one at least has some truth to it. Compared to herbivores a dog's digestive tract is much less specialized for digesting grains, or carbohydrates in general for that matter - especially in their raw, unprocessed form.
Dogs eat what they have to eat to survive. You can't create an omnivore by feeding a carnivore omnivore food. If it has to be cooked or otherwise processed to be useful to them, they have no need for it. It is unnatural.However, dogs are not true carnivores but opportunistic feeders and can digest and utilize the starch from grains in dog food that has been converted by the cooking process.
Don't know where they got those numbers. Probably just pulled them out of the air. This sounds like a lot of bs from the dog food industry.Digestibility depends on quality and type of grain used: rice (72%) is for example more digestible than wheat (60%) or corn (54%). Dogs can absorb the digestible carbohydrates from rice almost entirely, of the other grains about 20% are not absorbed. Indigestible fiber from grains contribute to intestinal health.
An absolutey unquestionably beyond a showdow of a doubt unarguable true statement.A dog can only truly be healthy if you feed a raw diet
A million years of evolution is pretty strong proof. I don't know of any scientific studies that have spanned quite that amount of time. :smile:This is another claim never backed up by scientific proof.
This is a true statement that has nothing to do with the discussion.Any animal can only be healthy if its diet supplies all essential nutrients in sufficient quantities. If even just one of them is missing or not present in at least the minimum required quantity, the animal will start showing signs of malnutrition, eventually become sick and die. Some deficiencies don't take very long to become apparent, others develop over a long time before the critical state of health becomes obvious and some diseases are even caused by excessive intake instead of deficiency.
Without adding cancer causing or otherwise dangerious ingredients. I don't think there are any processed foods that meat these requirements.The key to a healthy dog is not either raw or processed food, but an overall diet that meets the individual requirements of the dog in question.
There is no scientific evidence that a dog is not a true carnivore. Dogs will, in times of necessity, eat whatever it has to in order to survive. If you force it to eat inappropriate foods to survive, it will. Thats called smart. It's not called being an opportunisticc carnivouious scavenger. canines will eat only animal products as long as it is available.Dogs are carnivores
All scientific evidence points towards the fact that dogs, while not true carnivores, are opportunistic, carnivorous scavengers.
I've said this before but anytime I see the words "obligate carnivores" to describe cats, I know this person is trying to convince me a dog is not really a carnivore. Cats don't require animal protein to survive ... what they need is taurine, which is found in meat, to survive. Most animals manufacture taurine internally but not cats. Cats must injest it in their diet. Just because a dog doesn't require tauring to be injested doesn't make him any less of a carnivore. A carnivore is a carnivore and they eat meat, bones, and organs.Cats on the other hand are true, obligate carnivores, requiring animal protein to survive.
These are all characteristics that make a carnivore a carnivore.There is a difference between a carnivorous scavenger and an omnivore though - dogs lack the dental characteristics, longer digestive tract and specific enzymes of true omnivores like humans.
Exactly and that is the reason they don't need them in their diet. If some kind of processed food was necessary, like I said before, canines would have gone extince hundreds of thousands of years ago.That is the reason why they can not digest grains and vegetables unless they are "predigested" by processing, mincing/grinding, breakdown by enzymes, or fermentation through bacteria. Once converted, they are fully available to the dog.
It guarantees they won't be healthy.This does, however, not mean that your dog will thrive on a diet mainly made up of poor quality grains or grain fragments, which is what most cheap foods are.
I don't think there is any scientific evidence to support this outlandish claim. More dog food industry marketing.Whole grains, including their entire complement of nutrients are much more valuable - and this does not only apply for a dog's diet, but for humans as well!
There ... that should stimulate some more posts. :smile: