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Organic Foods For Dogs? Keep Your Tibetan Mastiff Healthy

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Having a Tibetan Mastiff can be exciting and a lot of fun. Did you know dog owners, interestingly, are twice as happy as cat owners – according to a study published in the Washington Post.

However, pet care isn’t always easy. 

Whether you own a cat, dog, bird, fish, or hamster, you have to be thoughtful about what can be fed to them. But if a TM dog is a part of your family, you have to be extra careful. Poor dog food nutrition can cause fatigue, diabetes, and malnourishment.

And you know how dogs are, always excited, and ready to swallow anything they can get their tongues on.

So, what kind of food to feed your Tibetan dog? Should you go for the commercially produced canned dog food brands? Or the foods derived from genetically modified methods? Or maybe a pure organically reared food source is the ideal choice for your dog?

Now, not all dog food is the same. The pet food industry has secrets they don’t want you to see. Something will always be off and fishy about their brands, the ingredients, and the method they adopt to test the safety of such foods.
First of all, let us know the difference between organic food and GMO food:

What Is Organic Dog Food?

Organic farming utilizes the use of natural fertilizers like manure & bone meal. Also, techniques like crop rotation & companion planting are brought into service to grow organic food.
Organic food standards are governed by food safety organizations like the USDA & EC (European Commission). The use of certain pesticides and chemicals is also restricted. The use of GMO products in organic food is also restricted.

What Is GMO Foods

Also called genetically engineered foods, GMO foods are produced from genetically engineered organisms, which gives them an advantage of controlled traits, better nutrient profiles, and resistance to pathogens.
Some examples of GMO foods are often soybean, corn, canola & papaya.
Great right? Well, no, not always. GMOs also bring with them some major disadvantages, and although being pronounced “safe” for human consumptions (oh really!?) what effects do they produce on domestic animals? Especially dogs?
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Why Are GMO Foods Bad For Dogs?

  • Cereal: Most of the GMO foods contain altered soy & corn. This high cereal content can lead to gassiness and indigestion. Even something as serious as the development of stone in their lower urinary tract. Don’t take such chances and change your doggy’s diet.
  • Meat source: The dog food you bought contains meat from livestock, free from the dangers of GMO, right? No, not necessary. GMO foods are also extensively used as animal feeds, mostly for livestock. How would you know if the livestock meat in your dog food is not a product of genetic modification? Thorough research & review.
  • Marketing gimmick: There was a time when GMO foods were costlier than organic foods. Now the roles have completely reversed. Why? Because of the high and mighty claims of pet food companies that GMO foods are superior and healthy. This changed the focus of the demand of consumers from organic to non-organic. Something similar has happened with human food too. You get McD foods in $3 but will need to pay at least $6-$7 for healthy veggies.
  • GMOs may be unsafe: The continued claims for the safety of all types of GMO foods is forwarded, but the medical evidence and trials where the risks of GMO foods is presented are ignored.
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Organic vs. Non-Organic Pet Food For Mastiffs

Now that we have covered GMO foods, let us get back to learn about organic food.
‘Organic’ sounds a lot better and healthy than non-organic, right? Again, it is a misconception and doesn’t always need to be true.

Is Organic Pet Food Always Healthy?

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Organic food means that the product needs to be grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. But there is no need for certifications for a brand to label on itself ‘organic’ since no standards are required to be followed. So yes, any brand can come up with an ‘Organically produced’ label without actually containing any organic ingredients at all. Talk about deception for money.

What About USDA Certified Organic For Your Tibetan Mastiff?

Now, what is USDA organic or certified organic? Is this the real deal? Yes, kind of. A brand holding a ‘certified organic’ label means that the brand had to go through all the standards set by the USDA, which usually means that the food contains ingredients that are at least 95% organic.
As previously stated, in today’s world, healthy food has become harder to source and costlier to consume. The same thing makes organic dog food
Okay, organic foods are healthier and better for your dog that canned or commercial brands containing synthetic vitamins and residues of pesticides, but organic foods also bring with it a disadvantage of shorter shelf life. Meaning, your dog will have to finish the food quicker, or it will have to be thrown away.
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Organic Dog Food More Nutritious Than Non-Organic

Organic food cannot contain GMO products. In fact, according to USDA standards, it is prohibited. So, you do not have to worry about that.
Do you call yourself an environment lover? Organic dog food is grown, adopting the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides through the employment of natural agricultural methods and ethics.
Organic food will nourish your dog with greater levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, something which is not necessarily true of their non-organic counterparts.

Your dog gets sick every time you feed it commercial non-organic brands of food? Do you have to go through the distress of seeing your dog vomit, have diarrhea, or manifest allergies? Well, now you may have a solution. Feed your dog organic foods and increase the chance of never seeing your dog being sick again.

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No point feeding your dog such food, then right? The solution is feeding your dog the pet food that contains meat from livestock, which is bred on organic animal feed. This eliminates the dangers of antibiotics and GM products.

Irritated of buying supplements of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins & fiber for your dog? Yes, we get it, you love your Tibetan Mastiff dog and these are essential nutrients your dog needs. Well, then why not shift to a certified organic diet for your dog? Organic foods contain a higher percentage of antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, rich in vitamins & fiber.

The regulatory bodies & governments have a higher control on organic foods, be it for humans or dogs. And it guarantees you a higher standard of food for your TM.

How To Choose The Best Organic Food For Your Dog

  • Go through all the necessary requirements and standards put forward by the USDA for organic foods.
  • Study the label. Make sure that the food actually contains organic ingredients – a ‘certified organic’ seal. And does not contain ingredients that are sourced through GMO processes.
  • Reputed bodies like the AKC guide you into choosing the perfect organic dog food, depending on the breed of the dog and the size.
  • It is not always necessary that organic foods are free of pesticides. Sometimes pesticides are used, and trace amounts of these chemicals can present itself in ‘organic’ foods. Well then you would say they are not really organic, are they?
  • Yes, big corporations can keep their ethics aside and market to you adulterated products containing harmful chemicals. Not everyone cares about your dog; you have to do that. Knowing the type of organic dog food to buy can help your Tibetan Mastiff pet live longer.