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Healthy Mastiff Dog Nutrition? Stop These Pet Food Lies!

How careful are you when it comes to choosing healthy nutrition for your furry friend?
Buying FDA approved dog food may seem like a good idea. But is it always good for your dog?

The issue intensifies as there are AAFCO regulations that allow the use of contents like HFCS and soy in dog food. This gets us thinking, are these regulations based on true research?

As a pet owner, you have the right to know what goes in your pet’s food, right? What if you were to know one day, that you have always been fooled?

To the horror of many pet owners, AAFCO issued a statement that did not mandate pet food companies to list out the ingredients in their wet meat products.

Question: Whom can you trust when the very agency set up for regulating takes an ignorant stance?
Let’s bring clarity to this.
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Healthy Dog Nutrition For Your Mastiff? Really?

Let’s start by looking into the dog food label of Pedigree. It’s one brand that you probably know about. The ingredients include ground corn, corn gluten, soybean meal, ground whole grain wheat, animal fat, and meat and bone meal.

Other ingredients found in similar dog food across various brands are wheat gluten and chicken by-product meal. This seems to be healthy at first. There is carb from the wheat and corn, and proteins from the meat, right?
A bit, yes, but that doesn’t offer your pet dog the nutritional value it needs.
It is causing more harm than not – and it’s probably only there because it is cheap to produce.
Here is how most of the ingredients on your pet dog food is a sham.

Ground Corn or Wheat For Tibetan Dogs?!

These are often passed off as carbohydrates and energy sources for your dog. However, the main reason they’re there is because of cheap availability in bulk quantities. 

Ground corn does not have enough nutritional value, and food that is rich in corn is not likely to benefit your dog’s health. It is difficult to digest as a whole grain, and also causes an unhealthy rise in blood sugar.

Corn and Wheat Gluten For Mastiffs?

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Again, common ingredients which are major proteins, but still do not match up to the nutritional value that comes from meat. Consumption of these ingredients over a period of time is said to result in obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and other issues such as skin infections and allergies.

Animal Fat For Tibetan Mastiffs

It’s an ingredient seen in Pedigree, which has unknown origins. It can be from any animal, the options ranging from diseased cattle, spoiled meat, or roadkill. Acceptable animal fats may be from beef fat, chicken fat, or fish oil. If the source of fat is mentioned, it is safer than a vague representation of animal fats for dogs.

The meat and bone meal comprises of rendered mammal tissues and bones, and this is difficult to digest.

High Fructose Corn Syrup For Dogs (or Humans)?!

Yet another ingredient of concern. It causes obesity, diabetes, and increased risk of dental problems. Both dogs and humans should categorially avoid this manmade ingredient.

Avoid Pet Dog Food that:

  • Contains vague information about ingredients such as rendered “meat and bone meal” or “animal fat.”

Kibble For Tibetan Mastiffs?

Kibble (dry food) is a dry and dehydrated dog food with no moisture content. Kibbles are made for substantial shelf life by being subjected to extreme heat.
This process leads to the formation of carcinogens, such as acrylamides and heterocyclic amines. Carcinogens damage the genome and disrupt cellular metabolic processes.
Additionally, the extreme heat reduces the nutritional contennt of your doggie’s food.
Why choose something that is optimized for long shelf life but not for health of your pet?

Kibble (dry food) from Pedigree has also faced other issues such as the presence of unknown wires and fibres and lack of appetite in pets after consumption.

The fibres were dismissed off as contents such as pig hair in the meat and bone meal.
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How Harmful Was This Kibble For Dogs?

Pedigree faced a lash out on the suspected pieces of plastic or black fibres in their dog food, which they pushed off as pig hair.
Pedigree also had recalls earlier when their dog food came with fragments of metals. The dangers that could accompany the consumption of such products are certainly not negligible.
Many dissatisfied dog owners came to the scene as their pets were falling sick, with instances of bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Others faced issues where their pets’ eating habits had fallen to less than a quarter of the regular daily portions.

Are Dog Bones Safe For Tibetan Mastiffs?

Dog bones are another thing to look out for. Yes, they can be good to chew on, but dogs and bones don’t always go together. Especially if the dog has the jaw power of a full-grown Tibetan Mastiff. 

This is because their fragments can get lodged in the intestine, or cause cuts in the nose and mouth.

This might have been caused due to improperly prepared bones, as they are always advised to be raw, precooked, or cooked.

The 2007 Pet Food Recall

The 2007 pet food recall was a big hit to pet food industries as well as dog owners, as the wheat gluten in pet foods turned out to be wheat flour laced with cyanuric acid and melamine, which caused kidney failures and other issues in many dogs.
There have also been instances of heart failures. These were linked to pet food that was marketed as ‘complete and balanced’.

Although the FDA conducted research on the link between dog foods and DCM, here is something you should know.

Their researches were done in collaboration with major pet food companies, as opposed to their claims of working with veterinary laboratories.
FDA doing research in collaboration with major pet food companies. Does that result in healthier food for your doggy?

Homemade Dog Food - A Healthier Alternative

Amidst the pet food crises going on, homemade pet food is an option. If you know what ingredients to use, and how much of each ingredient.
With a clear idea of what to include and what to avoid, you can quite easily switch to homemade food for better health of your pet.
As a result, you can pay more attention to what they eat while being completely aware of the ingredients.

Here are a few dog food ingredients to include:

Muscle Meat For Tibetan Mastiffs

This includes meat that humans consume, such as chicken, beef, fish, and rabbit among others. They provide high protein content.
Dogs can survive on a complete protein diet as their body is built to it, unlike claims that say they need starchy carbohydrates such as wheat gluten.

Another controversy that comes up is consumption of raw meat.

Can Your Mastiff Eat Raw Meat With Salmonella?

In some cases, raw meat can contain pathogens and bacteria. This is why some veterinaries, and even the FDA, advice against raw meat for your pet.
However, dogs can easily process pathogens and bacteria, which means they can safely consume raw meat.
(A dog often eats its own poop and ingests the pathogens in it. If your dog can naturally eat its own poop, do you believe s/he can also eat raw meat?).
While the FDA presents some interesting or peculiar points as to why raw pet food is not recommended, this is applicable to store-bought raw pet food.
Raw meat and subsequent infections of salmonella, etc. are a possibility, but not a great concern unless there is an issue of low immunity.

Actually, FDA’s warnings against raw pet food is peculiar. It looks rather corrupted. Why? Because FDA’s warnings are (a) not motivated and (b) support the commercial interests of major pet food brands that want to continue selling you unhealthy pet food. They may lose market shares if healthy raw dog food begins to dominate the market.

Raw Meaty Bones For Mastiffs To Chew On

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These are bones that can be eaten. They make a great, unprocessed component for your homemade dog food.
They are not dry like kibble, and are rich in calcium.
Along with RMBs, other organs are also a great dietary option, such as the liver, heart, and kidney.
About 10% of the diet is preferred to be organ meat.

Can Mastiffs Eat Vegetables and Fruits

Spinach, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, cucumbers, and peas, all are great for your Mastif dog’s diet.

When cooking a homemade meal for your Tibetan dog, make sure you include some of these.

Fruits are not essential for a balanced diet, but some are still beneficial when consumed. These include berries, melons, oranges, apples, and bananas.
With these key ingredients, you can cook up great meals that your pet will enjoy without you having to worry about their health.
Here are two different recipes with different protein sources to mix up the routine.

1.     Dog Food Recipe with Meat

Mainly use ground meat (chicken or beef), add some little grains (brown rice, oats, or quinoa), add eggs, and a little bit of vegetables. The vegetables may include shredded or grated carrots, fennels, peas, and beans (not soy).
Toss in some thyme, parsley, or any other dry herb, followed by a drizzle of oil rich in Omega 3 to get a healthy and hearty meal for your dog.

2.     Mastiff Recipe with Eggs

Another healthy meal recipe mainly involves eggs. (Eggs are a great protein source and perfect for your dog.)
Use a beaten egg along with a cup of cooked vegetables which may include beans, zucchini, carrots, peas, or kale.
Cook these vegetables along with a cup of brown rice, and proceed to mix it with the egg.
Finish it off by baking it in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes at 350°C. You can store the food in airtight containers for use up to 3 days.

Organic Pet Food For T Mastiffs

With the biased investigations that back up big firms and their interests over the health of innocent lives, it is important to opt for healthy and safe organic dog food, along with nutritionally balanced homemade alternatives.

Organic is more expensive, but is also more nutritionally dense, and should in long term leva you smaller vet bills, since organic keeps your Tibetan Mastiff healthier.