What The Big Corporations Would Rather You Didn’t Know….Part IV of V
Secret Tricks for Reading Pet food Ingredients, Part IV:
Mining for Minerals
Learning to decipher the ingredients label for the best value and quality brings us to Mining for Minerals. I use this as the quickest and easiest way to divide the poor quality foods from those that I may wish to further compare and consider. Yes, here it is—a fast easy way to separate the quality foods from really cheap stuff. If you forget all the rest and remember to check for this one sign of top notch food, you will have eliminated all the worst foods in one stroke.
Look down at the very end of the ingredients list. The cheaper lines of pet foods will list the minerals like this:
zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate,
Better quality pet foods will include the minerals above, PLUS chelated minerals:
iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate
What’s the fuss about? Wikipedia defines bioavailability as the proportion of a substance “…capable of being absorbed and available for use or storage.” So while this bucket has a lot of iron, none of it is usable to your pet, even if it was converted to a powder and added to his/her food. That is ZERO bioavailability.
It’s about whether the minerals are AVAILABLE to your pet’s digestion and life processes. The cheap nutrients you have paid for just pass on through your dog’s system untouched and end up being scooped up out of the yard without doing any good at all.
Your pet could be deficient in zinc, for example, showing hair loss and scaly skin with more severe cases resulting in lesions on the face and crusty skin on the head and legs. These nasty symptoms could result from a poor quality food that does not have zinc in a bioavailable form. Yes, zinc sulfate is listed but would enter their system with about 5% available to your pet at best. The food is undoubtably labeled as “…provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages of dogs,” meaning that it has met the minimum standards set for pet foods. In my own opinion, these standards are set too low to meet all breeds and all life stages needs.
Chelated minerals have been attached to proteins, an important building block your pet needs for the growth of hair, skin, and muscle. As a carnivore, or meat eater, your pet’s digestive system recognizes protein very well. The mineral attached to the protein is pulled in along with it so that far more of the minerals can be utilized for your pet’s growth and health. This same pet showing hair loss and scaly skin would improve dramatically when fed zinc proteinate.
In addition to quality pet foods, the saavy pet owner may wish to add a supplement. After much searching, we found Nu-Vet supplement for our show dogs and also as a part of our Stress Relief package for boarding. We’ve been using it for over four years now and are very happy with the results! http://www.facebook.com/NuvetLabsOfficial?sk=wall
Come by Easdale this month and next for free samples of the pet tabs, or give them a try at a better price by using our group order code: 57229 – Since I began using the vitamin, mineral, and UGF (unidentified growth factors) supplement FIVE years ago, I have not seen an ear infection, hot spot, skin condition, or related problem with my show dogs. Believe me, terriers are known for their skin conditions! I never promote or refer to any product I don’t use and believe in my self but NuVet has made me a believer!