Best Dog Food – The By Product Debate

When one of my dogs started to have health problems at the age of six, I got pretty serious about dog health issues. I don’t watch TV much anymore, if I have any free time I’m usually doing research to try and improve and extend the lives of my dogs.

Those of you that know me also know that I believe the number one cause of health issues with dogs is commercial dog food. That is why I have been on a mission to spread the word about the best dog food, and I am a big believer in homemade dog food.

The truth is most people, even if they do switch to a homemade diet, will need to supplement with some brand of commercial food. That is why I spend so much time on the best dog food subject.

During my research I come across many debates on different ingredients, and one such ingredient is meat by-products. This could be listed as chicken, poultry, beef or just about any type of meat followed with the word by-product.

So what is it and is it good for your dog? If you do research on the subject you will find two groups, one defends by-products as good, and the other saying it is toxic for your pet.

The truth is, it depends… let’s take a look at the definition of Poultry by-products.

“Poultry by-products consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of slaughtered poultry carcass, including necks, beak, feet undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, “except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices”

The problem is you don’t know what is in a by-product ingredient at any give time. There is no standard that says there are so many feet and so many intestines or any consistency of nutritional value what so ever. The truth is none of this stuff is fit for human consumption.

Some will argue that a dog in the wild will eat everything included in a by-product ingredient and that is what makes it okay to feed it to your dog. That might be true enough but, that is like saying a homeless person eats out of dumpsters and garbage cans, so so should we. People and dogs do what they need to do to survive but, does that make it the best things for either of us to eat garbage?

I want to feed my dogs the best dog food, and therefore I’ll be leaving the by-products where they belong and that’s in the dumpster and out of my dogs bowl.