Protein in corn provides nutritional boost
The question that I am asked about dog food more than any other is why we include corn grain in our products.
There are many myths about corn in pet food. The most important fact to dispel any concerns about corn in a dog’s diet is corn needs to be properly processed or cooked to ensure that dogs are able to digest it efficiently. That processing, used by Hubbard Life, is a standard and efficient mainstay in extruded or expanded nuggets.
Here are more myths and facts about corn in dog diets:
MYTH: Dogs are carnivores and should not eat corn, only meat.
FACT: Like pigs or humans, dogs are omnivores, meaning that they can and do digest and utilize not only meat or animal proteins, but also cereal grains and fiber.
MYTH: Meat is the ingredient of choice and dogs do not willingly eat corn.
FACT: I have raised a lot of dogs on the old homestead and there is no doubt, dogs like corn.
MYTH: Dogs need lots of protein that should from meat, right?
FACT: Dogs do require protein to meet their requirements for growth, reproduction and lactation and to maintain good health and appearance. Meat or animal proteins do an excellent job of meeting those requirements. But dogs can also digest and use plant proteins contained in corn, soybean meal and many other vegetable protein sources.
An important point is to always provide a balanced nutrition dog food with the correct level of protein and energy for your dog. Too much of either protein or energy will cause serious health problems for your pet, including obesity, kidney disease, lower quality of life and reduced life expectancy.
I want to ask a better question. Why wouldn’t you feed your dog a product like Hubbard Life that contains cereal grains – in particular corn? When properly cooked, corn is a nutritious, highly digestible and palatable foodstuff that is part of a well-balanced and varied dog food.
When you really care about your pet and want the best for them, get the facts. Contact qualified people who know and understand animal nutrition at www.hubbardlife.com.
Posted on 2/22/2012 by Dr. Doug Pamp | Category: Dog
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