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Protein is crucial for all aspects of a dog’s growth and development, which is why puppies, pregnant and lactating females require an even greater amount of protein than other dogs. Protein is also critical to immune system maintenance and a dog’s health in general.
When purchasing dog food, you may wonder what could contain more protein than whole meat? Surprisingly, quality grade meat meal can actually contain more protein than the whole meat from which it is derived.
Meat meal is a dried end product of a cooking process that’s known as rendering. Akin to purposely overcooking, rendering cooks away the water and bakes the residue. The end product is a highly concentrated protein powder called meat meal.
For a comparison, a whole chicken contains roughly 70% water and 18% protein. After rendering, however, the resulting chicken meal contains just 10% water and a whopping 65% protein–nearly four times more protein than whole chicken.
Bear in mind that no meal product can ever be better than the raw materials that were used to make it. Higher quality meat meals are typically made from the meat of clearly identified sources. Lower grade meals are derived from anonymous materials like spoiled supermarket meats, slaughterhouse waste and even diseased or dying cattle.
There is no such thing as human grade meat meal, since meat meal is never produced for human consumption and the facilities producing it are not licensed or certified to manufacture human-edible products that meet FDA standards. One defining characteristic of a high quality meat meal is a low ash content, which means the proportion of bone to meat is low.
How to Recognize Lower Quality Meat Meals
Since many manufacturers do little to clarify the true nature of the ingredients they use,
avoid dog foods containing any meat meal that fails to identify the specific source animal or includes the words “by-product” in its name.
Using generic phrases on the ingredient list, inferior meat-based protein ingredients that are usually associated with lower quality dog food include:
· Animal Meal
· Chicken By-Product Meal
· Meat and Bone Meal
· Glandular Meal
· Poultry Meal
· Blood Meal
Chicken, Beef or Lamb?
Evanger's dog and cat food uses fresh meats
for an excellent source of protein and
Every protein source has a different level of usable amino acids. This amount is termed “biological value.” Egg has the highest biological value, followed by chicken, fish and red meat. But don’t let that information distract you. Any source of meat protein will serve your dog well. And the fresher the source of protein, the more biologically available those nutrients are to your pet. This means that the body is better able to absorb what it needs to maintain optimal health.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
It’s the time of year filled with family traditions. But Pancreatitis SPIKES in our pets during Thanksgiving. As you're preparing for your Thanksgiving feast, we know it's hard to resist loading up Fido and Boots with all of your rich, tasty Thanksgiving food. Bud did you know that Pancreatitis flare-ups during the holidays have more to do with overfeeding than feeding the wrong food? Just a taste is fine. Feeding whole extra meals to the dog and cat is not fine, but easy to do when we want to include our pets in Thanksgiving and feeding them from our table.
SO what can you do to make your pets a part of Thanksgiving while keeping them safe?
|Carl from New York is getting ready for an Evanger's Thanksgiving Feast with his human family|
Here are five tips on how to involve dogs and cats in all of the Thanksgiving holiday fun activities, while keeping them safe.
1) When Friends & Family Arrive
If you have guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll need to prevent your pets from escaping as people come into and out of your house. Make sure your pets are safe and away from the door when people arrive.
2) Separating Pets & Children
Since pets and children don’t always mix well without supervision, it’s best to keep them separated. If your cat or dog has a scratching, clawing, nipping, biting or mouthing issue, avoid situations where they may become stressed or anxious.
It’s unfair to expect dogs and cats to be on their best behaviors with strangers and numerous people coming into their territory. It’s also not the best time to practice training them on skills they haven’t yet mastered. Create a stress-free, peaceful area for your pets and ask your guests not to disturb their privacy unless you first give them permission. It’s a safer situation for your pets and your guests.
4) Making Your Pets’ Quiet Area Comfortable
Provide your pets with familiar, comfortable essentials like a bed, favorite toys and sound from a radio or television to keep other noises minimal. As a special Thanksgiving treat, consider giving your dog a Kong filled with peanut butter, Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meat, or Evanger’s Grain Free Sweet Potato (frozen) to keep him occupied. Be sure to provide dogs with potty breaks and cats with a litter box. And reward both cats and dogs with a few of their favorite treats—especially since your house will be filled with the aroma of delicious foods!
5) Feeding Your Pets
No doubt your dog or cat will eventually beg for bites of your Thanksgiving dinner. While certain Thanksgiving foods are typically safe for pets—boneless turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, apples, rice, peas, squash and pumpkin—they aren’t if they’re prepared with certain ingredients.
Among these potentially harmful ingredients are herbs, onions, garlic, raisins, walnuts, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, raw bread dough and sweets. Foods with these ingredients can potentially cause an upset stomach leading to vomiting and diarrhea.
There’s really no need to feed your dog or cat human foods on this holiday thanks to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Foods variety of canned and dry pet foods reflecting a typical Thanksgiving menu! Options include the Organic Turkey with Potato & Carrots Dinner; Slow Cooked Turkey Stew that’s simmered in gravy: hand-packed Evanger’s Chunky Chicken Casserole with market-fresh carrots, peas, apples and potatoes; and Grain Free Chicken with Sweet Potato & Pumpkin. Cats will also delight in Evanger’s Organic Turkey and Butternut Squash Dinner or Evanger’s Signature Series slow cooked Turkey Stew.
By following these tips, you should be able to create a safe and delicious Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends, two-legged family members and four-legged family members!
To find a local Evanger's pet food store near you, visit https://evangersdogfood.com/stores/