Food and skin

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The pet food industry is insufficiently regulated. One of the few laws manufacturers have to abide by is to label ingredients on the bag. However, they can basically put any ingredients they want in the bag.  Sometimes this equates to the cheapest ingredients available to ensure higher profit margins. There is also terminology used in labeling that can be misleading.

For example, in January 2015, Purina faced trials for 3000 accusations about their product named Beneful. 

To illustrate how incredibly easy it is to make dog food, Dr. Meg Smart, a veterinarian and teacher at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon performed a test.  She brewed a strange concoction out of old leather boots, wood shavings and motor oil, which shockingly met minimum AAFCO standards even though it was inedible. 

A feeding trial takes place in a testing facility/test kennel. Test subject's body weights, as well as hemoglobin, packed cell volume, serum alkaline phosphates and serum albumin are measured.

If these are all within normal ranges (although the dog may lose 15% of his body weight during the study), and if six out of eight dogs survive for six months on the food, the formula will be considered as nutritionally complete.

Why we recommend raw feeding

This breed is prone to yeast infection. You will maybe ear that shar pei smells bad, well it<s all because of yeast.  IT is very important to avoid sugars, wich is the main ingredient that will feed yeast. It is important to base the diet of a dog on animal protein. Corn, and other wheat products,  are used as fillers because they are cheap. However, they are only partially digested by your dog. They can lead to serious skin problems (again yeast infections). That's why we recommend that Shar Pei eat a high quality food containing no wheat, corn and by-products. 

Another concern about most dry kibble are Mycotoxins, which are poisonous chemical compounds produced by certain fungi. They are commonly found in food such as grains and seeds.  Mycotoxins are associated with diseased or moldy crops, although the visible mold contamination can be superficial therefore hard to detect.

The effects of some food-borne mycotoxins are acute, symptoms of severe illness appearing very quickly. Other mycotoxins occurring in food have longer term chronic or cumulative effects on health, including cancers and immune deficiency problems.