When we consider how wolves/dogs were raised in the ‘pre-pet-food’ era and compare that to our modern methods, the effects on puppy growth have been traumatic. The degree to which modern dogs experience ill health reflects the degree to which they are subjected to biologically inappropriate methods of feeding and exercising.
Tony B (who sent this), “Unfortunately, many vets, like many doctors, have a pretty good understanding of what is going on but don’t say it too much as they are making fortunes from health destruction of pets mostly due to diet.”
Author Unknown — (abridged by henrymakow.com)
Most of us are aware (although we choose not to think about it) that the primary source of “meat” in all pet foods, is derived from diseased, dead, or deformed animals. Anything not “fit” for human consumption is considered O.K. for “pet” consumption.
For example, the National Animal Control Association has estimated that animal shelters kill over 13 million household pets a year. Of this total, 30% are buried, 30% are cremated and the remaining 40%, about 5 million pets, are shipped to rendering factories to be recycled and used in pet food. This may make sense as a scientific “protein source”, but emotionally I am disgusted to think of Dogs being used as “Dog Food”–all for the sake of economic raw material.
But what about the injections of sodium pentobarbital used to put pets to sleep you might ask? Or the cancerous tumors and other organs of diseased animals? No problem says the FDA, such residue would be too small to cause a problem.
Why then did the University of Nebraska researchers confirm the death of an 11-month-old girl from an adverse reaction to penicillin contained in dry cat food she had eaten? The Nebraska investigators noted in “The American Journal of Cardiology” that the penicillin level in the cat food was 600 times higher than USDA limit for human food.
I don’t really have room here to get into the excessive levels of heavy-metal contaminants( i.e. cadmium, Mercury, etc.) commonly found in pet foods. Suffice to say that they are FAR higher than the maximum that would ever be allowed for humans! Is it any wonder that the incidence of epileptic seizures in dogs has risen to alarming numbers?…
So let’s see.. we start with diseased meat, convert it to a form we can legally use, now what other “goodies” can we get that are cheap, cheap, cheap.
Livestock-grade grain is usually the main ingredient used. This is not because dogs and cats require large amounts of carbohydrates, but because grains are about as cheap a food as can be found. However, a still cheaper ingredient is the “waste” dust, floor sweepings, husks, the rejects from the screening process for flour, etc. Ideal for our favorite yummy pet food. But we can’t call it scrap can we–nobody would buy it! So let’s call it “middlings”–nobody will catch on then! (While we are at it lets call the ground up bones, fish heads and other good stuff like feet, feathers –“poultry meal, fish meal, etc.”–that sound a lot better than scrap!)
No need to mention that livestock grade really means we don’t have to concern ourselves with “allowable” levels of pesticide residue left in the grains.
What else can we get that is “waste”, sounds good and of course is cheap, cheap, cheap. I know! Let’s throw in some Brewers Yeast. Even many of the “upscale” brands have jumped on this bandwagon!
Are you beginning to get the idea yet? So far we have only talked about the main ingredients. What about all those other long names on the label? Most are added in minute quantities in an attempt to formulate the so-called “balanced” diet.
What these “balanced diets” choose to ignore is that not all breeds are the same! Take Phosphate balance as an example. Without enough phosphate, there is abnormal gland (parathyroid) function, bone metabolism, intestinal absorption, malnutrition, and kidney malfunction. Too much phosphate can cause kidney damage and may affect the absorption of other minerals, causing imbalances of nutritional elements. Combine this with the fact that toy breeds absorb more calories per pound of body weight than giant breeds and ask yourself–how do you know if you’re getting enough, too much or just the right “balance” for your dog.
In natural foods (raw), God does the balancing for us and the body takes what it needs. When artificially added–who knows what is absorbed?
When it comes to choosing the “least worst” it’s a case of “Let the buyer beware”. The only ones Holistic Vets are recommending at this time are: Wysong; Precise; and Innova. There may be others available on a local basis but they may not have national distribution to make them readily available.
If you insist on retaining the “convenience” over health factor and want to keep using your dry food, at least add a digestive enzyme to give your pet a break on his already overtaxed system.
Adding some fresh vegetables and fruits would also help a lot. Even if these too have been subjected to pesticides, at least they are still raw and have more to contribute to nourishment than the highly processed contents in commercial pet foods!