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Is syrup bad for dogs?
It's an oft-debated question, but a definitive answer can only be found after conducting extensive research. We've taken the time to look at what is and isn't in cane syrup, and how it compares to other sugars commonly used in pet food.
The Facts About Syrup
What Is Sugar Syrup?
It’s a clear, water-based liquid that contns both glucose and fructose. Syrup can be used for a variety of different purposes. From cooking, to freezing, to feeding your pet, there are endless ways it can be used.
How Is Sugar Syrup Made?
Cane sugar is boiled to remove impurities and create syrup. The syrup is then filtered to remove additional impurities, diluted, and stored for future use. If you notice a particular brand’s syrup has a pale appearance, that is due to the way it’s been processed.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Sugar Syrup?
There are many health benefits to cane sugar. Cane sugar and syrup are both a source of natural energy for your pet. Both contn glucose and fructose, which are carbohydrates that your pet can use for energy. The fructose in syrup also provides your pet with fiber and vitamins.
The Sugar Content of Some Popular Syrups
Bulk Food Sugar Content
A. Cane Syrup
Cane syrup has been the most common syrup used in pet food. Cane sugar is what most pet food brands choose. Syrup is used because it’s a safe, reliable, and consistent ingredient that’s easy to use. It also stores well, and is much cheaper than other pet food ingredients.
B. Honey Syrup
Honey syrup, also called honey-water, is another sugar syrup used in pet food. Like cane syrup, honey syrup is easy to use and reliable. Unlike cane syrup, honey syrup contns only 15 to 20% fructose, but still provides many of the same benefits as cane syrup.
C. White Sugar
White sugar is a refined form of sugar that is commonly used in pet food. It is made by bleaching the sugar crystals to make them white. Like other forms of sugar, it provides a source of natural energy for your pet. Because it’s an ingredient that is often used to make other pet foods, like biscuits, bread, and dry food, it’s the safest and most reliable sugar to use in your pet food.
What Are The Benefits Of Making Your Own Dog Food?
When you make your own pet food, you get to choose exactly which ingredients you want to use. You can use natural ingredients like meat, or you can choose highly-processed ingredients to create a diet your pet will love.
1. Your food will taste better.
The flavors your pet eats day in and day out are going to be in your food as well. By choosing the right mix of high quality ingredients, you’ll be giving your pet the foods he or she deserves.
2. You get to make a better dog food diet.
Making your own pet food is a great way to avoid giving your pet the highly processed, chemical-heavy, nutrient-deficient diets they’re fed by the major commercial pet food companies. Many pet foods are full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives that are bad for your pet’s health.
The great thing about pet food is that you can’t overdose on certn ingredients. For example, you can’t go overboard on meat, because your dog will get fat, but you can add meat as a healthy addition to your dog food diet.
3. Your dog will eat it.
Just as with humans, the food your dog eats plays a big part in how he or she eats. When you make your own pet food, you’re giving your dog the nutrients and energy he or she needs. This means that you don’t have to keep feeding your dog processed foods and supplements that are too low in calories. You’ll be able to feed your dog delicious meals that he or she will love.
4. You’re in control.
If you want to use some of the ingredients that are more costly, you can. Just make sure that you’re using something that is not going to be unhealthy for your dog. That’s where your local vet can help you out. If you don’t know anything about what you’re using, you may want to buy commercial dog food. The reason is that your dog won’t know any better.
5. Your dog will enjoy it.
When your dog does eat his or her food, you will both enjoy the taste and smell of it. Your dog will see that you care for him or her and that you’re giving your dog healthy food to eat. He or she won’t know that the meals you make are better than the meals you could buy. He or she will simply enjoy the taste.
6. Your dog will become a better dog.
Dogs with good nutrition are healthier, happier, and happier to do good tricks. If your dog has the nutritional supplements and energy that he or she needs to perform those tricks, he or she will likely keep doing them. You won’t have to work so hard to teach your dog tricks.
7. Your dog will be more sociable.
A healthy, happy dog is one who is happy to eat, play, and enjoy life. If your dog has the nutrition that he or she needs, your dog will be healthy and happy. Your dog will be more sociable and more likely to play with you and other dogs, too.
8. Your dog will have better vision and smell.
A dog’s sense of smell and eyesight is much more acute than ours. You should also note that your dog can see more clearly than you can, because of the way his or her eyes work. With better vision and smell, your dog may have more trouble catching the grass clippings or dander that is blowing in the wind, so he or she is likely to be less likely to develop allergies.
9. Your dog will enjoy better care.
One of the reasons dogs become overweight is that they’re given poor nutrition, which can cause poor grooming habits. Also, when dogs are overweight, they will likely require medical treatment and attention. That means your dog will be happier and healthier. It also means that you will need to spend more time feeding, grooming, and taking care of your dog, so you’ll be less likely to spend all of your time caring for your children or working. Your dog will also have better vision and smell, which will help them in the hunt.
10. Your dog will be happier and healthier.
Your dog will benefit in more ways than you might imagine. Dogs don’t have any mental limitations on their potential. They can be happy in a very simple lifestyle and they can lead a happy and healthy life. So, take the time to feed your dog good foods and offer it plenty of exercise and playtime. Your dog is in for a happy and healthy life.