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Feed your dog at the same time every day and don't leave a bowl of food for him out all day. Most adult dogs should be fed twice a day, but puppies younger than 6 months need three or four meals a day.Puppies grow fast.
Dog food is made from many strange things, only a few of which are evident in the list of ingredients.
Under Food and Drug Administration regulations, only about 50 percent of a cow can be sold for human consumption. Many pet food manufacturers, including this site run by a pet food industry group, say that they are not using rendered pets to make a cannibal of your dog. Perhaps the real problem is with the other things that hitch a ride with the dead cats, dogs, zoo animals, and some of the livestock that were rejected for human consumption. This mass of otherwise unwanted death is a measure of the animal suffering caused by human activity. The more that I learned about the pet-food business while writing this article, the less significant the cannibalism aspect seemed to me.
They are fine eating the same thing every day.Once you find a food that works well for your dog, stick with it.
Dogs can become allergic to proteins in beef, chicken, wheat, eggs, dairy, and soy in food they have been eating for a while.Some dogs with food allergies scratch or lick themselves a lot, barf, or get runny poop. They need more calories and nutrients than adult dogs, but their stomachs can't handle a lot. Your dog needs the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water to stay healthy.Fido is getting what he needs if his skin and coat are healthy, if his stools are firm and brown, and if he has the right energy for his age and breed. The hide, bones, digestive system and it contents, brain, feces, udders, and various other undesirable parts are all left over after a cow is slaughtered and butchered.
FDA technically has authority, but the agency has passed this off to a set of partnerships and nongovernmental organizations that encourage mostly voluntary compliance with the few federal standards.

The mangled road kill, diseased cattle and pigs that died before making it to the slaughterhouse all seem like things that we wouldn’t want anywhere near our pets. Many of these animals died after being medicated for health problems that contributed to their deaths, and not all drugs are neutralized during the rendering process. Fifty percent of all chickens hatched out for the egg business are unneeded roosters that are discarded. My initial outrage at feeding dogs to dogs gave way to outrage at dogs being overproduced and dumped in shelters to be killed in the first place. Indeed, the same system that doesn’t know whether its main ingredient is chicken beaks or dachshund really cannot guarantee adequate nutrition to the dogs that eat it.
Changing types or brands of food can make your dog sick.If you do need to change his food, do it slowly over a few days.
So they need to be fed more often than adult dogs.Puppies older than 6 months should be fed two or three times a day.
And yet this might very well be what you are scanning at the grocery store checkout and scooping into your dog’s bowl.
But at around $15 for a 15-pound bag of dry food, nobody is spending enough money to turn a T-bone into dog food.
The stuff that can’t even go into hotdogs gets consolidated and shipped to rendering plants. But on the whole, most tend to dump in whatever they receive and start the grinder when it is full: parts from slaughterhouses, whole carcasses of diseased animals, cats and dogs from shelters, zoo animals, road kill and expired meat from grocery store shelves (tossed in fully packaged, complete with plastic wrap and Styrofoam). The Association of American Feed Control Officials takes the lead in setting and maintaining standards, but it conducts no testing of food and has no enforcement authority. There is no simple way to look at a shipment of meat and bone meal and tell exactly what species are in the mix. Meat and bone meal can contain antibiotics, steroids, and even the sodium pentobarbital used to kill pets at shelters.

But perhaps we ought to be more angry about the parade of unwanted carcasses that fuel our need for a rendering industry in the first place.
Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. The stuff that ends up in dog food is material that can’t be sold as food for humans. Slaughterhouses that handle pigs and chickens also send their leftovers to rendering plants.
In practical terms, regulation of the contents of pet food is largely accomplished by those individual states that bother to get involved. The protein percentage of a load of cats and dogs looks basically the same as a shipment of carcasses from a poultry farm. By definition, a lot of the animals that ended up in the rendering vat had something wrong with them.
So do many other facilities that find themselves with large volumes of otherwise unusable dead animal parts, including animal shelters and veterinary clinics that euthanize a lot of animals.
The rendering industry gets very vague about what is in meat and bone meal, even in otherwise highly technical documents.
It joins a long list of ingredients that you might prefer not to see in your pet’s food. However, even California allows rendered pets to be processed and sold out of state for pet food as meat and bone meal. The city of Los Angeles alone sends about 200 tons of dead pets to a rendering plant each month.

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