Have We Chosen Convenience Over the Health of Our Pets?
No one really argues with the fact that in order for optimal health to occur, animals, including humans, must consume the foods they were designed to eat, and preferably whole, fresh and unadulterated. This is known as species-appropriate nutrition.
For example: 1) Vegetarian animals must eat vegetation for optimal health, and 2). Carnivores must eat fresh whole prey for optimal health.
Carnivorous pets have not evolved to digest and assimilate foods like corn, wheat, rice or potatoes, yet these are the very foods the vast majority of pet food manufacturers use as primary ingredients in their formulas. Fortunately, dogs and cats are extremely resilient creatures.
Not only do they not die immediately upon eating biologically inappropriate foods, it often takes years before the significant physical degeneration that occurs from a lifetime of eating the wrong foods becomes noticeable.
One of the reasons pet owners are able to deceive ourselves into believing convenience pet foods are good for dogs and cats is because the changes to a pet’s health and vitality brought on by a dead, processed diet are usually not immediate or acute.
For over 50 years our pets have been fed inappropriate diets that have kept them alive, but not thriving. In fact, we’ve created dozens of generations of animals that suffer from degenerative diseases linked to nutritional deficiencies.
Dogs and cats need quality protein, fats and a small amount of vegetables and fruits, which provide antioxidants and fiber to animals that no longer hunt whole prey.
Natural sources of trace minerals, vitamins and fatty acids must be added, since the soils in which foods are grown are depleted of many of the nutrients pets need.
Also food storage, whether it’s in a freezer or a pantry, decreases critical essential fatty acid levels in foods.
Pets need unadulterated, fresh, whole foods that are moisture-dense. They don’t need grains, fillers, artificial preservatives, colors, additives, chemicals, byproducts or processed ingredients. Although animals can eat some processed foods, they aren’t designed to consume a lifetime of dry or canned diets.
The first pet nutrition study the CANWI (Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute) organization, which I co-founded, is planning will evaluate the effects of processed pet food on the health of dogs and cats.
Our goal is to produce impartial scientific studies that evaluate the health effects of both processed and fresh food diets for dogs and cats. The results of our research will give you and every concerned pet parent unbiased information about pet nutrition so that you can make informed decisions about the best way to nourish your animal companion.
I invite you to join me in supporting this important work with a donation to CANWI, either online through PayPal or via the mail.
CANWI (Companion Animal Nutrition & Wellness Institute) is dedicated to improving the lives of our furry friends. CANWI funds research projects, supports professional training programs and integrative medicine and offers nutrition and wellness education forums.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively, that’s for our Pets too.