You’d probably look at the label on your food to see how many calories and nutrients it contains; your dog’s food should be no different. When it comes to correctly feeding your dog, it’s important to understand the macro nutritional profiles of their food, the ingredients it’s made with, and if the nutrients they’re getting are largely from whole foods.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the different types of dog food and the benefits listed on the labels. You can better nourish your dog if you understand the differences in the quality of the food they’re eating. Ingredient labels that state “feed grade” vs. “food grade” will reveal a lot about the product’s nutritious level. To simplify, there are two types of pet foods: human grade and feed grade. We’ll explain what these different grades mean exactly and how they affect the quality of your dog’s food so you can make the best decision for your dog.
What Is ‘Feed Grade’
Feed grade refers to products that are designed to contain food for animals, such as pets, farm animals, and even zoo animals. These products have not been deemed safe for human consumption. Furthermore, facilities that manufacture feed-grade goods do not maintain the same standards as those that produce human-quality products. Due to the ingredients it contains or the way it has been processed, it can only be legally given to animals. By-products, chemicals, fillers, and portions from “4D” meats (animals that are dying, sick, handicapped, or deceased) may also be included.
What Is Human Grade’
Human Grade refers to products that have been approved as safe for human consumption. In general, food-grade items are made in facilities that have been certified by a reputed authority. To be human-edible, a product must include all human-edible ingredients and be made, packed, and stored in accordance with laws and regulations. A product can be called “human-grade” if it meets all of those requirements in one product.
The Issue With Feed Grade
In most commercial dog diets, additional preservatives and an excess of grains should not be overlooked. Fillers are still found along with by-products in feed-grade dog foods. These low-cost fillers, such as maize, wheat, rice, and potatoes, have little nutritional value and are used to bulk up your dog’s food packet. They may not appear to be alarming, but they have a significant negative impact on your dog’s health. It’s never too late to start paying attention to what your furry best buddy eats. Make a conscious decision to improve your dog’s quality of life!
What Should I Feed My Dog?
Fresh, healthy meals made from human-grade ingredients are the best diet for dogs. Balanced fats, high moisture, and a healthy mix of protein, carbs, and other nutrients are all part of your dog’s ideal diet. Fresh food is a great way to feed this balanced diet.
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