Fido will love these healthy picks.
Animals are wonderful companions and add so much joy and comfort to our lives. We want them to live long, healthy, happy lives as part of our family. They need a balanced diet, fresh clean water, a comfortable place to sleep, fresh air, exercise, and love, just like we do.
In this article, I will explain what a healing diet for pets looks like, and give you some great guidelines for creating the best pet diet possible.
When I was growing up, it was common for us to give our pets the leftovers from our table. They got broccoli, carrots, potatoes, greens, turnips, etc. Our animals lived very long, healthy lives and thrived on our fresh food.
As the large companies began making manufactured food, we started hearing, being told by advertising, or being advised by our veterinarian, that we shouldn’t feed our table scraps to our pets because there was designated dog food and cat food specifically created to “maintain and promote health” in our pets.
When people started feeding their pets the manufactured pet food, pet illness went up. Was cheap meat and filler in processed food making our pets ill?
In 2006, at least 76 dogs died as a result of eating aflatoxin-contaminated pet foods. Aflatoxins come from a fungus that is found on corn and grains. Aflatoxins are toxins that primarily affect the liver. They are in a wide variety of pet foods. Dogs who eat 0.5 to 1 mg aflatoxin/kg body weight can die within days.
Aflatoxins come from a fungus that is found on corn and grains. Aflatoxins are toxins that primarily affect the liver. They are in a wide variety of pet foods. Dogs who eat 0.5 to 1 mg aflatoxin/kg body weight can die within days.
“Aflatoxins are also carcinogenic. They bind with DNA and cause cell mutations. Newberne and Wogan (1968) were able to produce malignant tumors in rats with less than 1 mg of aflatoxin per kg of feed,” according to Dogs Naturally Magazine.
In 2007, thousands of dogs and cats died after being poisoned by tainted food. Pet food companies pulled more than 100 different pet food products from store shelves. The US government doesn’t track animal deaths, but experts estimated that at least 8,000 pets died.
The magazine also states that a “Consumer Council study also found that three of the US brands tested (Purina, Iams and Solid Gold) also contained melamine or cyanuric acid. These are the substances that poisoned thousands of pets in 2007.”
I recommend avoiding foods containing corn or grains (especially genetically modified, and non-certified organic) for you or your pets. I also suggest avoiding foods manufactured in China.
In addition to that, be aware that there are other harmful ingredients (heterocyclic amines, acrylamides, and PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers — a chemical used as a flame retardant) that are still included in many processed pet foods.
I see a similarity to humans and disease. About 50 years ago, people in the US and the world started eating more and more processed foods with additives, fillers, artificial colors, cheap or artificial sugars, genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, refined ingredients, etc. The rise in diabetes is 700 percent over the last 50 years and now 50 percent of the people in the US have a chronic disease.
Cancer is prevalent, affecting at least half the men and one-third of the women in the US. I believe it is directly affected by the quality of the food, toxins in the environment, air and water quality, as well as less exercise, and sunshine.
I see a correlation with our animal friends that we keep as pets. I understand that pet disease has risen at about the same rate.
I had a pet yellow Labrador live to be 17 and I’ve had other pets thrive well into old age. I also saw allergies disappear quickly when they began eating a healthier diet.
I received my Wildlife Rehabilitation license and certification in 2001 and I learned a great deal working with wild animal diets. I even had a blind opossum (which I had rehabilitated) that lived to be 6 years of age. Their lifespan is usually only 4 years, maybe only 1 year in the wild. The blind opossum, Samantha, thrived on an organic, fresh, healthy food and water diet.
Being a raw food chef, nutrition and health expert, and animal diet expert, I started seeing similarities between my animals’ diets and the diets I was recommending to my cancer, diabetes, and heart disease clients.
The animals on my high-quality, fresh, mostly raw food diet were thriving and getting well, as they nourished their body with fresh, whole, real, organic food.
It seems sad to say the word “whole or real” food, but over the last 50 years, it is quite startling at what the food manufacturers and the government have allowed to be added to our food and our pet food as if it is real food.
An example of this is wood pulp, which is a cheap filler used in foods. It is not nutritious, but it is added to make the product cheaper. They have also used it in many processed and cheap foods like genetically modified corn or soy, cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, white refined ingredients, artificial dyes and flavorings, synthetic vitamins, and so much more.
They are cheap (because our tax dollars support those unsustainable GMO seeds and chemical farming methods, instead of the healthier methods) and are used as cheap filler in many processed foods.
Most of the corn and soy in the US is genetically modified with a Bt toxin built into it. Studies show…