New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier Dog in 2022

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier Dog in 2022
  1. Reduce carbohydrates in your dog’s or cat’s diet: This recommendation is always at the top of my nutrition “watchdog” list. Despite all of the advances in natural pet food, excessive carb consumption and high-carb commercial diets are still the chief cause of obesity in dogs and cats. Just because a food, treat, or topper is “grain free,” it is not necessarily low in carbs.
    • How to Spot High Carb Products: Avoid products with too many ingredients like wheat, corn, rice, and potato. Sweet potato, pumpkin, quinoa, and other healthier carbohydrates are better but still should only be fed in moderation. No bread and pizza crust as snacks! If you see too many of these non-protein ingredients listed high on the ingredient panel, you are probably looking at a HIGH CARB food, treat, or topper.
  2. Make identifiable MEAT PROTEIN from clean sources the cornerstone of your canine food choices. Healthy meat protein ingredients include fresh or freeze-dried Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Lamb, Egg, Fish, etc.
    • VIP “Very Important Point:” A high quality kibble food must contain not only fresh meats but concentrated dry proteins such as Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Dried meats, Dried liver, Dried egg, Fish meal, etc. Without these concentrated protein ingredients, it is very difficult for a dry food to perform optimally by delivering the proper levels of digestible animal-based proteins.
  3. Don’t feed your pets anything with chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, or other food additives. Stay away from foods, treats, toppers, and supplements with chemical preservatives. The NO GO list includes propylene glycol, BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, potassium sorbate, ethoxyquin, and all artificial colors. Xylitol Warning: Xylitol is used as an artificial sweetener in chewing gum and other products for humans, but it can be fatal for dogs and the sweet taste and smell can attract them. Prevent your dogs from gaining access to any products with Xylitol, and educate all household members including young people that no candy should ever be given to a dog, especially “low sugar” and “sugar free” which may include this canine-killer ingredient.
  4. Get Rid of Glycerin! Glycerin deserves a separate mention because it is used very widely in dog treats and chews, even those labeled “all natural.” It is chiefly used as a preservative to prevent mold in “soft chews,” jerkies, and tender moist treats.
    • Although it is used in products called “natural,” glycerin is not found in nature, it is an engineered ingredient derived from the distillation of Ethanol or grain-based alcohols, as well as other industrial food processing operations. While it’s not as harmful as Propylene Glycol when used to prevent mold in moist products, glycerin is far more widely used. When you start looking for it, you’ll be shocked as to how many products include some form of glycerin.
    • It particularly concerns us that almost all of the “functional” soft-chew treats on the market with CBD, Joint Care support, and other nutraceutical supplements include some form of glycerin. The bottom line is that glycerin is not a natural food ingredient. We don’t believe that it has any place in your pet’s diet, and the Clear Conscience Pet® CleanLabel™ Pledge forbids the use of any form of glycerin.
  5. Sugar is bad for dogs! Eliminate all sugar from your dog’s diet. Sugar may be listed in many forms, including evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, fruit juice concentrates, maple syrup, and honey. Exception: small amounts of these ingredients may be used as natural preservatives in moist treats instead of glycerin or glycols.

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To Be Continued: Look for Part 2 Next Week!

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