The average vet normally believes that the safest and most nutritionally balanced diet for dogs is kibble. Feeding a kibble diet is probably the easiest method there is. You just pour some into a bowl and throw it under the pet’s nose.
If feeding a home prepared diet, the alternative to commercial kibble. Could be potentially worse if the pet owner does not take the time to research and understand the correct way to feed.
The main ingredient of most commercial pet foods is grain, rice corn or wheat. Dogs and cats were never meant to eat grains and cannot metabolise this food properly. Dr Ian Billinghurst A world authority on pet nutrition states:
” Modern processed pet foods damage pet bodies because they are not the healthy foods our pets evolved to require; most are grain based, cooked, filled with unhealthy additives, including flavourings, colourings, and preservatives. When fed over prolonged periods, they speed up the process of degeneration and ageing, producing most of the ill health seen in today’s pets”
Does your pet food say it contains meat? Do you get the vision that the pet food companies only use the best freshest cuts of lean healthy beef, lamb chicken and pork? or is it the rancid, rotten refuse that is unusable for any other purpose , boiled up to kill bacteria and added to the rest of the slop? Well guess what. Thats what you get.
Beef is beef, they do not have to tell you what parts of the meat and in what condition it was in when it was processed.There is no law to enforce the pet companies from divulging this fact.
The vast majority of dry food is made with a machine called an extruder. First, materials are blended in accordance with a recipe created with the help of computer programs that provide the nutrient content of each proposed ingredient. For instance, corn gluten meal has more protein than wheat flour. Because the extruder needs a consistent amount of starch and low moisture to work properly, dry ingredients — such as rendered meat-and-bone-meal, poultry by-product meal, grains, and flours — predominate.
Although the cooking process destroys bacteria, if kibble is allowed to get moist again during storage or if left after water has been added prior to serving, bacteria can quickly multiply leaving a food that is unsuitable to feed your pet.
Recent testing in the USA found pet food that contained trace chemicals of ingredients found in euthanasia drugs. No DNA could be found to prove that dead pets were rendered and added to the pet food. I am not sure and would be interested to find out if DNA can be tested after a rendering process.
The addition of dead diseased animals to pet foods is legally, still a legitimate ingredient. I do not know if the pet companies are still adding, but if they are, there is nothing to stop them.
I also am not comfortable with a product supposedly containing meat with a shelf life of 2 years. How many chemicals does it take to keep it from returning to it’s rancid rotten original state.
I do not want to go into too much detail here. Do your own research and comment back . I can testify that a diet of raw meaty bones, fresh veg and fruit, eggs and other healthy raw ingredients keep my dogs healthy and happy. It also costs me a lot less than feeding kibble. More on raw feeding in future posts.