Consider the Diet for Your Pet’s Optimum Health!
Have you noticed pets are developing the same diseases that we humans are? Not too many years ago many of the chronic diseases were rarely mentioned among pets. It seems that with increased disease, the costs of veterinary care has also skyrocketed. Keeping a pet healthy and well cared for has become a very expensive part of the household budget. That means that many animals will not get the care they really need because family budgets just don’t stretch far enough.
You have heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” and that applies to animals too. You can’t take a package of “dead” pet food and keep an animal “alive.”
Are You Getting What You Think You’re Buying?
Read a bag of a well-advertised brand of pet food and it makes you want to serve it for the family dinner: “Choice cuts of beef, plump whole chickens, fresh liver and grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need.” These images are promoted with big advertising dollars by the $23 billion per year U.S. pet food industry.
Price is often an indicator of quality.
It’s impossible to sell a 50# bag of dog food for $25
when quality whole food ingredients and the processing there of
would cost more than that, not even considering profit margins.
From a business standpoint, these companies have increased purchasing power and for those making people food products, they have a captive market to dump their waste products, and the pet food divisions have a more stable capital base and a convenient source of waste products that become ingredients in pet food. These pet foods provide a market for grains considered unfit for human consumption and bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, and almost all other parts not generally consumed by humans.
What does feeding of these products do to your companion animal?
The problems associated with diet of these dead foods are continually seen every day at veterinary offices. The list begins with chronic vomiting, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease being among the most frequent illnesses treated, more often the result of an allergy/intolerance to the pet food ingredients.
Some veterinarians claim that feeding slaughterhouse wastes to animals increases their risk of getting cancer and other degenerative diseases. The cooking methods used by pet food manufacturers do not necessarily destroy the hormones used to fatten livestock or increase milk production, nor does it destroy drug residues such as antibiotics or the barbiturates used to euthanize animals. It has been in some news articles that euthanized cats and dogs may be one of the rendered ingredients for pet foods.
Urinary tract disease is directly related to diet in cats and dogs. Crystals and stones are often triggered or aggravated by commercial pet foods.
Pet foods with less protein have less taurine, an amino acid, and if it is not supplemented, problems do occur. An often-fatal heart disease in cats and some dogs is caused by a deficiency of taurine. Blindness is another symptom. You don’t need much, but it needs to be in there.
There is evidence that the now common hyperthyroidism in cats may be from excess iodine in commercial pet food diets. This disease began making its appearance in the 1970s when canned food products appeared on the market.
Other problems may result from reactions to additives or bacteria, drug, or mold contamination.
The bottom line is that pet foods made of primarily
low quality cereals and rendered meat are NOT
the nutrition you need for your dog or cat.
Some recommendations say to feed once daily. Feeding only one meal per day can cause irritation of the esophagus by stomach acid backing up. Feeding two smaller meals is better. Feeding instructions on the package are sometimes inflated so the consumer will purchase more food. With a natural whole food formula, you will find you are feeding your pet 25% less than you were with less stool and odor.
Is Raw Food Best for Pets? – Some say ‘Yes,’ but many vets say ‘No.’
Homemade meals take a lot of dedication. Many people don’t feel like they know enough to prepare a completely balanced meal that meets the required needs for a dog or cat. A very detailed and excellent book to invest in if you can be dedicated enough to prepare foods at home is “Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: The Healthful Alternative” by Donald R. Strombeck
Adding raw veggies to your pet’s food bowl is an excellent dietary choice. Just as with people, vegetables have so many good nutrients and antioxidants and health-giving substances we haven’t even discovered yet. They provide a mineral-rich food alive with enzymes. Grated vegetables do best. Vegetable choices to add can include: carrots, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes (yams), greens (kale, lettuce, turnip), seaweeds like kelp and nori, a little bit of garlic is known to help repel fleas …. and don’t forget fruits: apple, pears, kiwi, strawberries. One to avoid is citrus since it’s not appealing to dogs or cats.
Adding herbs and supplements to a pet’s diet helps to build and maintain health, especially if you know there is a genetic weakness with a particular breed. Herbs are rich in trace minerals which are the foundation of life. Since many minerals are no longer in the soils of mass-produced & chemical-laden farming, it’s hard to get them into your diet without supplementation.
Essential fatty acids is an important item that is missing in pet foods and can easily be added in with a little bit of natural oils (such as olive, sunflower, sesame, etc.) You will be amazed at how much their coat can shine and how soft it can be! Essential fatty acids are important for many functions of the body.
When you switch foods, begin slowly so they can adjust to the flavor and cleansing that will be going on to get rid of the toxins of the previous food. It doesn’t take but a few weeks for the animal to adjust to the dietary change. You will also notice a change in the skin and coat and sometimes the eyes look brighter.
The kind of food you feed your pets is going to determine your pet’s health problems more than anything else other than abuse. Bodies run on nutrients and whether we have them in a form that can be assimilated to the cellular level. We are what we eat, and animals are not healthy on diseased and decayed meat and dead grains.
It truly makes a difference! Please give your pet the best – it does save money!