The problem with the majority of commercial diets - premium or otherwise, is that their carbohydrate content is too high (which accelerates the growth process) while their content of quality animal protein and level of minerals are too low which can lead to structural breakdowns. Additionally, the high levels of fibrous materials and other indigestible substances in most Big industry products (beet pulp, cellulose powder, flaxseed meal, wheat bran, tomato pomace bentonite,) interfere with the availability of the already under-characterized nutrient content of the rations.
Material such as soybean meal, beet pulp and tomato pomace, potatoes, peas , alfalfa, oats and beans contain saponins, which, in addition to causing bloat and a multitude of other problems, accelerate the growth process and interfere with the enzymes that are involved in the processing of protein. Saponins also can cause conditions in the digestive tract that interfere with the absorption of nutrients.
This combination of low levels of quality protein , insufficient mineral content, high levels of fiber and other indigestible materials, and growth accelerating substances like carbohydrates and saponins, are the factors that underlie most growth problems.
The solution to many of these problems is the selection of a diet which can be fed in a manner that is consistent with the animal’s needs. The growth period is a stage in life when the dog’s nutrient and caloric needs are at their greatest.
The only way that these needs can be met is by allowing the dog to consume as much as it desires of a properly designed diet which must include ample supplies of top-quality feeding materials and be well characterized in fat, protein and minerals while being low in carbohydrates and fiber. Clearly, saponin-containing ingredients should not be present.
While most veterinarians may be unaware that diets exist which can be fed freely, without causing catastrophes, such diets nevertheless DO exist, and they are manufactured by the Robert Abady Dog Food Company. Abady Products are appropriately nutritious and fully meet the needs of growing puppies while being in concert with scientifically verifiable principles of feeding.