Why Diet Matters:
Why does it matter ? Well, for the same reason it does for us - you are, what you eat !
Your food is the fuel for your body, and to operate at optimum levels, the correct food needs to go in.
of us have grown up in times where we've never known dogs to be fed
anything but food from sacks, boxes or tins from shops.Unfortunately
what we haven't realised, is that these foods have a number of problem
areas for our pets;
There is no regulation of pet food, anyone could start up a petfood
business tomorrow and put whatever they like in their petfood, and there
is no organisation to make sure they don't lie or mislead on the label,
and to make sure everything is even on the label...so words like
chicken 'meal' or lamb 'meal' are used - and that can mean anything from
ground up feet, beaks, feathers to all the parts of the animals which
cannot be used for anything else - not fresh choice prime cuts full of
goodness like we see in the picture on the label...
also assume where the protein is listed, that it all comes from the
meat, but wood is protein, and things like melamine can also be used to
boost protein levels even though they are not digestible and donot
provide bio-available nutrients for dogs or cats - as too many have
found to their peril the last few years, suffering kidney damage and
even kidney failure and death before pet foods manufactured in China
with melamine added to boost protein levels were recalled.
Because there is no regulation, the quality of ingredients used in
petfoods is very poor, and after it is all cooked up, synthetic
nutrients have to be added because there is virtually no goodness left
in the food otherwise - these synthetic nutrients are not the right
kinds for our dogs bodies, so are hard for their body to utilise.
is also unknown exactly where, as these things are very hard to find
out, but it is a known fact that in some countries euthanised pets, and
roadkill are all 'added to the pot', sometimes with collars intact, and
are all cooked up together - infact, petfoods have been tested and found
to contain levels of pentobarbitolwhich
is the same chemical substance injected into animals when killing them,
and this happens in developed countries, not just poor countries....
Petfood manufacturers make foods suitable for Omnivores, that is,
animals which naturally eat a diet of meat or fish, fruit and veg, and
carbohydrates - like us.
trouble here, is that cats and dogs are NOT Omnivores, they are
Carnivores, and dogs have 'adapted' a little to also scavenge, but Not
evolved, so are still essentially Carnivores, and the problem that poses
is that they do not even have the right enzymes produced in their body
to break down cell walls of vegetables, or to digest and get goodness
from the kinds of carbohydrates in commercial petfood. They can benefit
from some fruit and veg if it is prepared in such a way to be
bio-available to them, but otherwise this leads to behaviour problems,
health problems and extra, unusual wear and tear on vital organs in the
is a lot of sugar added to petfood, which of course is not good for our
pets - in fact, our dogs eating commercial petfood, is like us living
on fast food, and even though we may think it tastes nice, we know there
is not much nutrition it in. It doesn't provide the basic range of
nutrition needed for healthy cells, healthy organs and overall good
There are additives added to petfood, and unfortunately many of them
are known to cause cancer, indeed, they've already been banned from the
human food chain for this very reason, but are still widely used in
nutritional balancing in petfood is all wrong, because they are making
petfood for omnivores, but any canine course will tell you they are
classified, as the wolf, a carnivore, the confusion may come about
because they have been scavengers for many years, and so lived with some
vegetable matter in their diet, and, unlike cats, are not 'obligate'
carnivores, but still are healthiest and thrive more on a diet more like
their wild dog ancestors. This means your dog is not getting the right
amounts of nutrients which will cause health and growth problems if
simply fed a normal omnivorous diet as vegetables, fruit etc. will not
be proportionate to your dogs needs, and will not have been prepared in
such a way as to make the nutrients bio-available for your dog.
are just the main few problems, but there are more, and unfortunately
these problems mean your dogs immune system, which is what fights
illness and infection to keep them well, is going to be compromised and
unable to operate at peak performance levels.
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