What is holistic dog food, anyway? Unlike supermarket brands, holistic dog foods - or "organic dog foods" - do not contain any type of fillers, unnecessary chemicals or by-products. Keep in mind that,in general, we feed our pets the same diet every day. So, a proper nutrition makes a big impact on their health and their overall well-being.
Holistic dog foods are formulated with high quality and natural wholesome ingredients only; which provide them with increased energy, shinier coats, and a significant reduction on potential diseases. This becomes a great alternative to feed dogs and cats and make them healthier and happier.
Commercial brands (also known as supermarket brands) are known to be made out of waste unfit for human consumption. According to numerous investigations held by Born Free USA, this waste contains "intestines, udders, heads, hooves, and possibly diseased and cancerous animal parts". In the end, all of these get eaten by our pets, turning them into potential disease holders. But health is not the only issue here; many dog owners are astounded by the price of holistic dog foods. Major brands like Holistic Select®, Eagle Pack® or similar ones charge an average of $45 to $60 for a large pack of organic food, and around $17 to $30 for a small one. It may sound a little pricy when comparing those prices to the ones offered by large well-known brands like Pedigree®. But there is a huge difference between those two alternatives, as well.
Adding up to the fact that large brands use waste unfit for human consumption, cheaper brands also include soybeans, wheat and corn as fillers. This mix could potentially result in numerous nutrition-related diseases for a pet, in the long run; these may include obesity, digestive problems, urinary tract, heart, kidney and dental disease, to name a few.
Holistic foods contain whole grain rice, balanced omega 6 and 3, probiotics, antioxidants, conditioners, vitamins and minerals, while excluding at the same time, inadequate additives and fillers; they can also help decrease the number of visits to the vet due to unannounced illnesses. Last but not least, a bag of holistic food will last twice as long (or even more) than a bag of regular dog food. Remember that the phrase "you are what you eat" also applies for pets.
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