Before you run out and purchase your next bag of kibble, read on so that you are aware of what is actually in your pets kibble and how processed foods can contribute to premature aging and disease over time.
Are you noticing your pet aging quicker than you thought or do you find that to be a normal part of their life? Have you noticed premature graying, dry skin, lack of energy? More and more pet owners are blaming old age for common health problems. Often this is not the case but more the result of a poor diet and accumulation of toxins in the pets body.
Think of it this way, when the body lacks the proper nutrients to feed and heal itself, then health suffers. Over time, nutrient deficits begin to show up as symptoms of old age. Most of these symptoms are preventative by feeding a natural, unprocessed diet.
The FDA allows ALL of the following into your dog’s kibble:
Recalled Meats, Euthanized pets (dogs, cats, horses), Road kill, Dead, Diseased, Dying and Disabled animals that are not fit for human consumption (otherwise known as the 4D’s). Unsellable and otherwise old meats. Produce that is unsellable, destroyed or fermented. Chemically laden, genetically modified, recalled or otherwise toxic products.
WOW, right? Would you want to eat that? W hat does all of that mean? In the simplest of terms it means that your pet is now ingesting everything that the previous animal had in its system which includes any previous vaccinations, illnesses, hormones and more.
Dry foods are very dehydrating to your dogs and cats. A raw fed diet is approximately 70 to 90 percent moisture. When your dog or cat eats kibble or a dry food diet, their body had to draw from its own water resources to rehydrate the food in the digestive tract so that the food can be absorbed. Chronic dehydration can cause many problems among them cancer and chronic illness.
Their are no digestive enzymes found in dry food. That means that your pets body has to manufacture its own digestive enzymes to digest the food. Their system is then taxed as it tries to draw extra resources to allow for the breakdown and absorption of that food. Raw food (unprocessed) comes with its own digestive enzymes intact. This allows the body to perform as it should which leads to a stronger immune system and a greater disease resistance.
It takes your pet longer to digest dry kibble than a fresh raw diet. When your dog eats his kibble, his body takes about six hours to rehydrate and break it down and absorb the nutrients before it is excreted. If your dog has ever vomited his meal up, even hours after the fact, you will notice it still looks the same as it went in. This is because your pet does not have the right amount of digestive enzymes to digest the starches in the food. This can result in numerous issues such as allergies, ear infections, chewing on feet, yeast overgrowth, bulky stools, poor dental health and dry skin.
Did you know that the grain that is in your pets food is most likely contaminated? Ever hear of the words aflatoxins, vomitoxins and micotoxins? In simple terms, they are various kinds of mold and fungi. They are extremely dangerous and are known to cause liver and kidney failure as well as cancer, stomach ulcers and hallucinations. They accumulate over time. How do you know if they are affecting your pet? A blood test will show elevated levels of liver and kidney enzymes. Because of the mold and fungi problem in grains, they are treated with mold inhibitor chemicals which then increases the level of toxicity in the food.
The top acidifying ingredients you can feed to your carnivorous dog are wheat, corn, processed dairy and grain. When your dog eats too many of these foods, his body will overcompensate by pulling minerals out of his bones to alkalinize the blood. This also can contribute to disease, kidney infection, diabetes, bone loss and obesity.
Is all dry kibble made the same. No. That would be an unfair statement. You must however, do your research! Understand what is in your dog or cats food. That means you should not always trust that the natural and expensive foods are the best for your pet. Learn how to read the ingredient list on the bag. Don’t fall for all the marketing hype and pretty pictures of grains on the bag. Know where the food comes from. Call the company! Not all pet food companies have your dogs best interest at heart. Find a company that only makes dog food or cat food, not dish soap, chemicals, you get the idea. In the end, to a varying degree, all dry foods contribute to disease. The best option for your dog or cat is a raw or dehydrated food which digests quickly and contains natural enzymes which assists with the breakdown of nutrients in the gut.