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Human Grade Dog Food

The category of dog food which is supposedly fit for human consumption is called human grade dog food. However, is it really a safe and healthy food alternative for your dog? Find out in this article.
As responsible dog owners, all of us are vigilant about what goes into our dog's stomach. The various dog food products available in the market claim to suffice the nutritional requirements of your dog. However, vets have agreed that this factory manufactured feed may not be safe for your dog. There have been incidences wherein pets have died after consuming, so-called healthy food. Human grade dog food is a new craze amongst manufacturers, and dog owners alike. The word 'human grade' suggests that this food meets the standards of human nutrition. However, this is far from true. How? Let us find out.

The Truth About Human Grade Dog Food

Food allergies are one of the most common causes of dog illnesses. Factory manufactured, contaminated feed is mainly responsible for inducing food allergies in dogs. The ingredients used in dog food are often, of substandard quality. Besides, the rate of contamination of dog food is also very high, owing to improper storage practices. Most dog foods available to us, do not meet the standards set by the American Association of Feed Control. According to these standards, the dog food must consist 50% vegetables, 40% meat and 10% carbohydrates. Failure to adhere to these standards leads to poor nutrition.

Human grade dog food is a new crop of dog food which is touted as safe for human consumption. This type of dog food indeed meets the standards laid down by American Association of Feed Control. However, the claim that it is fit for human consumption, may not be entirely true. While buying any dog food, or even human food for that matter, one should read the ingredient's label very carefully. The main ingredient is listed at the top, while fillers are at the end of list. In human grade dog foods, you will often find that lamb or chicken is listed as first ingredient. However, there is no way to know that the quality of lamb or chicken is up to human standards. More often than not, poor quality meat or chicken is included in these foods. Only the foods that explicitly state that the food includes fresh meat, grains and veggies can be considered as real human grade dog food. Holistic or organic human grade dog foods score well when we compare these aspects, as organic foods contain superior quality ingredients.

Best Human Grade Dog Food

Unsurprisingly, home cooked dog food is the best human grade dog food. Since, you prepare the food yourself, from ingredients that you would yourself consume, it is obviously the most healthy and safe food for your pooch. Preparing the food yourself also alleviates the hazards of contamination and dog allergies. Besides, you can control the nutrition of your dog by introducing appropriate ingredients. If your dog suffers from any medical condition, it becomes very easy to meet its nutritional requirements, by altering its diet accordingly. Your vet should be able to guide you regarding what are the best dog foods.

Human Grade Dog Food Brands

If you really wish to buy human grade dog food make sure you read the labels carefully. Go through the list of fillers at the bottom of the list, and see if it includes any potentially harmful ingredient. Always make it a point to go for reputed ones, so as to avoid risks. New brands must be scrutinized well, before trying them on your dog. Given below are some known human grade dog food brands.
  • Canidae All Natural Pet Food
  • Eagle Pack Holistic Select
  • Eagle Pack Super Premium
  • Evanger's Dog Food
  • Michael's Soul Stews
  • Merrick's Grammy's Pot Pie
  • Lamb Millet Rice and Fish & Chips
  • Bravo Raw Diet
  • Canine Caviar Holistic Dog Food
  • Dad's Pet Food
  • Dr. Harvey's Natural Holistic Dog Food
  • Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food
  • Great Life Organic Dog Food
  • Holistic Blend Dog Food
  • The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food
  • Monzies Organics
  • Sojos Original Dog Food Mix
  • ZooLogics Meals Dog Food
  • VeRUS Pet Food
  • Flint River Ranch
  • Newman's Own Organics Premium Pet Food
  • Luke's All Natural Pet Food
We reiterate that you only go for home cooked food for your dog. Even the best of human grade dog food cannot compete with the nutrition offered by fresh, healthy, home cooked dog food.
By Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Last Updated: 9/23/2011
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