We have long held the philosophy that harsh chemical preservatives and low-quality ingredients in commercially prepared dog foods are the reason our animals are suffering from illnesses and premature death. This is why we go by the principle of no preservatives and use only good quality ingredients in the healthy treats we make.
The Pet food industry has a multi-billion dollar turnover each year and there are a lot of companies vying for a slice of this pie. Keep in mind, their marketing strategies are aimed at us, with their “you are not looking after your dog properly if you don’t feed them ....” spiel.
Unlike human food industries, the pet industry is self-regulated and for the betterment of their bottom line, they need to make products that have a long shelf life and requires no refrigeration. To do this they use a range of chemical preservatives, some of these chemicals are detrimental to your dog`s health and are banned for human consumption. Preservatives may be added to the raw product before they arrive at the pet food factory, this is how they can claim no added preservatives.
One of the most dangerous preservatives in dog food is ethoxyquin (E324) . This harsh chemical is used not only to preserve fats in dog food but also as a pesticide and a chemical in rubber. It has been banned for use in human food for a long time but is still allowed to be used as a preservative in dog food. Health issues that pet owners and some veterinarians suspect could be linked to ethoxyquin in pet foods are allergic reactions, skin problems, major organ failure, kidney disease or failure, behaviour problems and cancer.
Although not as common as ethoxyquin, BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) or BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) are chemical antioxidants used to preserve oils and fats in food. Butylated Hydroxytoluene is also used in cosmetics, fuels and embalming fluid.
Propylene glycol is the main ingredient in antifreeze and is added to some treats to keep them soft and chewy.
Some products are very high in salt/sodium (higher than the salt content in the ocean, 3.5% ) also used as a cheap preservative and be careful with any product with the words "with added Thiamine"(usually in packaged raw meats) this product is preserved with sulphur dioxide, and as sulphur dioxide depletes the Thiamine in the dog's system they add Thiamine to counteract the effects.
We suggest you do some research, find out what the ingredients listed in the product analysis chart really mean (it can be quite alarming).
Well, balanced home-prepared meals, including a variety of proteins both raw and cooked, with seasonal vegetables and some oils combined with a daily Raw Meaty Bone to clean the teeth and gums is the best way of knowing what your fur baby is really eating. We suggest you make a large batch and freeze in portion size for maximum health and convenience.
You will also be amazed at how much money you will save and at the improvement in the health, skin condition, weight loss and vitality your dog will have.