The Truth Behind Dog Nutrition
You want to give your dog the best in all aspects of life, and that includes the food he eats. This is especially true when your dog is suffering from a chronic illness like cancer. Dogs with cancer often suffer from a decreased appetite, lowered immunity, and increased inflammation. Your dog needs top-of-the-line nutrition to fight cancer and recover from its effects. But how do you know which food is the best? Don’t get caught up in other brands’ marketing schemes. Learn the Canine Biologics difference and make the best choice for your dog.
Importance of a Dog’s Nutrition&
Dogs, like humans, are omnivores, meaning they can meet their nutrient requirements by eating both meat and plant material. However, a dog cannot survive on just meat alone. A complete and balanced diet for a dog must include appropriate levels of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and certain fatty acids. Imbalances in these nutrients can result in deficiencies or excesses, which can lead to long term health problems. For optimal health, a dog must eat a complete and balanced diet every day. This is why homemade diets have generally been discouraged by veterinarians, as they rarely meet all of a dog’s nutritional needs.
Fortunately, commercially prepared dog food takes the guesswork out of feeding your dog by providing a complete and balanced diet that is consistent with every mouthful. By choosing a high-quality dog food, you can ensure that your dog is getting all the nutrients he needs at every meal. However, choosing a dog food isn’t easy. The sheer number of options in the pet food aisle can be overwhelming. You want a brand you can trust, and one that has your dog’s health in mind. Sadly, that isn’t always the case with many dog food brands.
Approach of Big-Name Brands
Unfortunately, many dog food trends today are based on junk science and false advertising. There are many misconceptions about pet food on the internet and unfortunately many pet owners are led astray when it comes to choosing an appropriate diet for their dogs.
One outstanding example of this is the sudden and unfounded vilification of grains in pet food. In an effort to sell more dog food, many pet food companies started marketing their diets as grain-free. There was no evidence that grains posed a problem to pets. In fact, there was no science at all demonstrating that a grain-free diet was better. The switch was purely a marketing ploy, an attempt to trick pet owners into thinking that one pet food was better than another.
Unfortunately, pet owners fell for this marketing, despite assurances from board certified veterinary nutritionists that grains are a nutritious ingredient and do not contribute to health problems. Grain-free diets were sold at an alarming rate, despite a total lack of research on the subject. Soon, veterinarians began seeing an increase in cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) – a heart condition in which the heart muscle stretches and becomes thin, failing to pump properly. As the cases began to pile up, the FDA got involved and launched an investigation into the correlation between grain-free diets and heart disease. Between January 1, 2014 and July 31, 2020, the FDA received more than 1100 case reports of diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs eating grain-free diets. 280 of those dogs died.
While a causative link between grain-free diets and DCM has not yet been confirmed by the FDA, it’s clear that the damage has been done. Grain-free continues to be a pillar of pet food marketing. Unsuspecting pet owners continue to purchase pet foods with no idea how they will affect their pets. A clever marketing ploy like a wolf on the bag or a few catch phrases such as “primal” and “holistic” are all that is needed to convince a pet owner to buy the bag, but there’s no science supporting these claims.
Organizations like the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) have tried to combat these marketing ploys by informing owners through their guidelines. Their resources such as The Savvy Dog Owner’s Guide to Nutrition on the Internet and Guidelines on Selecting Pet Foods are great starting points for pet owners who want to choose science-backed nutrition for their dogs. Their methods are time consuming, though, and many pet owners may not follow through with the guidelines.
Clearly, there is a need in the pet food space for a product that relies on science rather than gimmicks to sell its products. And that’s where Canine Biologics comes in.
The Canine Biologics Difference
Whether your dog is suffering from a chronic illness such as cancer, or just needs a better daily diet, Canine Biologics provides science-backed nutrition without the marketing schemes. Canine Biologics is developed by a team of veterinarians and biochemists, and is backed by over 60 scientific studies, so you know your dog is getting a product that is safe and effective. Canine Biologics has also partnered with more than 200 veterinary oncologists around the country who use this diet to support their cancer patients’ nutrition and health.
Canine Biologics’ Integrated Nutrition System is specifically designed to support patients fighting or recovering from cancer. These patients face special challenges as they go through a cancer diagnosis and its associated treatment. Their immune function declines, they lose weight and muscle mass, and they experience increased inflammation, among other negative effects. Diet can play a huge role in alleviating these concerns.
There are three main goals when feeding a cancer patient:
- The food must meet all calorie and essential nutrient requirements
- The food must be palatable
- The food must be safe
Canine Biologics is a complete and balanced diet that meets and exceeds AAFCO standards. It provides all the nutrients your dog needs in his daily diet. Chicken is the most abundant ingredient in the diet and provides high-quality protein and fat, helping your dog maintain energy and muscle mass. Vegetables are added as rich sources of vitamins and fiber, giving your dog’s immune system an extra boost. Finally, grains are included in the diet as a source of complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, rounding out the nutrient profile and ensuring your dog gets complete and balanced nutrition with every meal.
Canine Biologics is also 100% human grade. What does this mean? According to Canine Biologics founder Jeff Sutherland, it means that with a little salt and pepper, you could eat this diet yourself! With just five high-protein, low-carbohydrate ingredients, this pet food is highly palatable, and most dogs love the taste. This is especially important for cancer patients, whose appetites may wane during cancer treatment. A food that looks and tastes like real food – not processed kibble – will entice even a picky eater to take a bite! This is an important part of maintaining your pup’s calorie and nutrient intake during chronic illnesses like cancer.
Finally, a dog food made for dogs with cancer must be safe. Dogs with cancer – especially those undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy – have lowered immunity and a high risk of developing secondary infections. Canine Biologics is cooked to minimum safe temperatures to eliminate the risk of bacterial contamination, and then freeze dried to preserve flavor and freshness. This allows us to skip the preservatives, while still delivering a product that is fresh, safe, and delicious.
Choose Better for Your Dog
Pet foods that rely on pictures of wolves and fancy buzzwords to get your attention do not have your pet’s best interest in mind. These products are not backed by science and are driven by marketing schemes designed to scare you into thinking their product is the best. Don’t fall for their misinformation. Your dog needs and deserves a diet that is fresh, safe, and packed with nutrients. Canine Biologics is made with your dog’s best interests in mind. Designed specifically for dogs with cancer, but effective for dogs of any health status, this human-grade diet is packed with high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals to support your dog’s immune system and decrease inflammation. The one-of-a-kind, three-part nutrition system provides all the nutrients your dog needs to fight cancer from the inside out.
See why veterinarians across the country have incorporated Canine Biologics in their practices and try the Canine Biologics Nutrition System for your dog. This high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet will have your dog feeling his best no matter what life throws at him, and you’ll rest easy knowing you’ve chosen the best for your dog.