Naysayers say “Going organic doesn’t add much to your Tibetan Mastiff, except increased costs.” But going organic may add years to your dog’s life.
Is Organic Food Better For TM Dogs?
The Consumer Council of Hong Kong performed tests on the 40 most popular pet foods around the world. The result?
Non-Toxic Dog Mastiff Food Is Needed!
Exactly What Is Certified Organic Dog Food?
Organic Reduces Mastiff Food Allergy
Is Non-Organic Dog Food Worth The Risk?
Going organic can be confusing, yes that’s true. So, we need to know what organic REALLY means, to understand what you really can get out of it for your Tibetan Mastiff.
How organic products are approved in the US
Let’s start by looking at what the regulations are for approving organic products in the US market.
The USDA needs producers to get organic certification. This certification states that the production process complies with a set of standards, mainly the methods used for pest control and fertilization.
Image: USDA Organic Meanings (by USDA).
95% Or 70% USDA Organic Dog Food?
That’s how you find the best organic dog food – by looking for the right labeling.
"Organic" Mastiff Food Prices Vs. Benefits
- If you buy it right, your pet dog will experience increased antioxidants in the body, higher energy levels, and a healthy weight.
- The absence of artificial colors and toxic pesticides may reduce the skin allergies seen in dogs, and the better nutritional value of organic foods will build the immunity against skin ailments.
- Organic pet food is also easily digestible. Unlike regular dry pet food with lots of wheat and corn, their content has higher nutrient density. This means your dog doesn’t consume much but still receives a diet packed with nutrition.
In other words, you pay some extra for organic food, and help your Tibetan Mastiff dog live a longer and healthier life.
So the question is: Does the extra price justify the health it gives your TM dog?
Avoid This In Non-Organic Mastiff Dog Foods
- As a dog owner, you want to avoid dog food with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, and other chemical poisons.
- In the case of meat and poultry, non-organic products can be toxic, and in some instances poisonous.
- Conventional (non-organic) animals are commonly injected with growth hormones and antibiotics. It simply means that, when you feed your dogs with non-organic meat or poultry, you basically feed them some drugs.
- Also, conventional animals grow in confinement, without the possibility to roam and exercise freely. They are fed an unnatural diet, with food that they would never eat naturally.
- Irradiation is a common method used to kill bacteria in fresh produce and animal feed. It is also used in dry foods such as spices and grains for better shelf life. All these practices affect your pet detrimentally.
None of this happens to organic animals, as they are allowed to roam and exercise naturally and grow at a normal rate.
Feeding your Tibetan Mastiff organic meat ensures that what they eat will be as close as possible to what nature intended.
How Do You Identify True-Organic Pet Foods?
In the USA, the USDA Organic seal on a product is the best way to identify true-organic products. This seal guarantees that the product is no less than 95% organic.
There are other seals, badges and labels that identify organic products, issued by different institutions, which certify a certain degree of organic content for your TM.
The Oregon Tilth Seal
The Oregon Tilth seal, for example, certifies that a product is at least 70% organic.
They contain a “Made with Organic products” seal, and none of the products in these items are genetically engineered (GMO).
How To Find The Best Organic Food For Your Tibetan Dog
- Take a look at the ingredient list of the product for hints of how organic it is. For example, if a pet food product contains fish meal, it is certainly not organic.
- Good hints are whole ingredients, like eggs, turkey, chicken, and nutritious ingredients, like fruits and vegetables. Bad hints are processed ingredients, stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives, and other hard-to-read chemical stuff.
- If you want to find out exactly what is in the pet food bag, then use the independent Petsumer Report.
Get the Right Balance of Organic Dog Food Ingredients
- Leading vets like Jennifer Freeman suggest that dog food needs a balance of high proteinaceous meat, vegetables rich in nutrients, and a considerable amount of fatty acids that can ensure a shiny fur-coat.
- High quality dog food provides better absorption and digestion, guaranteeing healthier poop.
- The meat that you choose for your Tibetan Mastiff may come from any source, but do ensure that it is free of dyes, poultry bones, and excessive salt or pepper.
Is rice, oats, and other grains necessary?
- Remember that you can include in your dog-food diet a bountiful quantity of grains like rice and oats. Avoid going for options like wheat.
Another tip: While searching for the best organic food, look for the labels of the AAFCO food statements under the ingredient list.
Is Grain Free and Human Grade Pet Food Better?
Remember: What is good for you is not necessarily good for your dog.
How to Find the Right Mastiff Food - Step by Step
- A starter is to go for a USDA organic seal dog food containing high organic nutrients.
- Read the label list carefully. Certain ingredients on food labels, for instance, are clear signals to steer away from the product. This includes use of generic terms such as meat and bone ‘meal’, or ‘animal’ fat, wherein the animal is not mentioned.
- Don’t trust the pictures or big words on Big Pet Food brand packages. They have spent millions of dollars with one goal in mind: To manipulate you into believing that you buy a healthy product.
Remember: Read the ingredient list carefully to really know what the product is made of.
- Final suggestion: Use the Independent Pet Store List of store owners.
A few hours of research can give you a healthier pet for the rest of your life.
Is your dog’s lifelong health worth a few hours of research on your part?