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The Dangers of Feeding Commercial Dry Foods to Your Pets

Are you giving your dog or cat a diet based on dry commercially produced food with suspect ingredients or a life-enhancing traditional raw food diet ?

Our pets are like members of the family but are we feeding them a healthy, invigorating diet or one of convenience, out of a packet, with the words “not suitable for human consumption”? Do we wait till they get a diagnosis of poor kidney or liver function, or skin conditions before we take a look at what they are actually eating every day?

Give your pets a healthy, raw based diet for a happy, long life

Many professionals in the animal care business are saying that our pets should be eating a raw diet of meat or chicken, raw vegetables and some supplements to give them a long, healthy life. As animals don’t have enzymes in their saliva and they are not designed to eat starches, a commercially produced dry food diet can result in digestive problems, kidney and liver dysfunction, and cancer. Many companies such as Nature’s Variety, Dynamic Pet, Wysong, and Raw Essentials supply raw food suitable for your pet.

The scandal of commercially produced pet food

According to Kay Aubrey, a Bio-Nutritional Consultant who has been working for 15 years in the area of alternative approaches to animal health, the main ingredients that can be found in commercial pet food come from animals that are dead, diseased and decaying, and moldy grains that harbor aflatoxins. These meat and meat by-products, and discarded grains are not fit for human consumption but put in our pet’s food without any consideration for their health. The animals are sometimes cancerous or full of chemicals, roadkill or euthanized animals (dogs and cats included) but they still make their way into the pet food supply. Their carcasses are all rendered down together and end up in your bag of pet food.

The misleading labeling of commercial pet food

The regulation of pet food is not covered by the FDA, but in most US states, the rules of AAFCO (American Assoc. of Feed Control Officials) are followed. This association is made up of companies that manufacture 95% of the pet foods. They permit the labeling of products to make it difficult for the public to discern the difference between a healthy, organic product, and a low grade, poorly sourced protein product which may even contain melamine (to bump up the perceived protein content).

How commercial pet food is injurious to our pet’s health

Toxins from the devitalized pet food, chemicals, aflatoxins from the corn and wheat, and undigested food (due to lack of enzymes) all contribute to the toxic buildup in the animal’s body. The processes of cleansing and elimination are compromised, and the kidney, liver, colon and skin become overburdened. Toxins can be walled off and held in the body, where they start eating away and causing cancer. This can occur whether the animal is a dog, cat, horse or even a fish.

What should we be feeding our pets

The best foods for our pets are raw meat, chicken, meaty bones, turkey and chicken necks, and chicken carcasses, and 25% fresh vegetables and a bit of fruit . Add to that probiotics, fish oils, and green superfoods such as chlorophyll or spirulina (to flush the liver and kidneys and eliminate toxins).

Feeding your pets a healthy, raw diet from an early age will go a long way to preventing bad teeth, bed breath, dysplaysia, eye problems, poor bone growth or developmental problems. But whatever your pet’s age, it is advisable to discontinue their devitalized, commercial diet and start them on this healthy, raw eating plan to support and improve their health.

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