In recent years, we as a nation have become more preoccupied
with nutrition issues than ever before, so you would think that
we should naturally have equal concern for our dogs and cats ...
especially since we generally consider them to be a part of the
We should want the ingredients in our pet food to be human grade
or at least nearly so.
If byproducts are shunned in our own food, why are they be
allowed in our animals' food? Do we want them to live to their
Of course we do. Nobody enjoys seeing their beloved pet, whom
they have truly formed a bond with, get sick and slowly die.
We are now seeing that our dogs and cats in fact need daily
supplements the same way that people do, in order to take care
of their bodies for the inevitable stresses of the aging process.
In the span of an animal's life, an early start at good health
ensures less vulnerability to certain degenerative diseases,
joints that are less likely to creak with pain and a healthier
Holistic veterinarian Dr. Jane Bicks claims that when studying
dog food, one should be on the lookout for dyes, and other
chemicals as much as possible.
For example, BHA, which is one of the primary synthetic
antioxidant preservatives used to prevent food discoloration,
has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory rats at some doses.
In lesser doses, the preservative does not show a dangerous
effect but who knows what BHA can do to their bodies in small
doses over a long time span.
Dr. Jane states that the maximum life span of dogs is estimated
to be between 25 to 30 years, but the average dog often lives
no longer than 13 to 14 years.
And she says that this difference is caused mostly by inadequate
She also states that protein is an overlooked but vitally
importartant part of a dog or cat's natural development.
Harder working or more energetic dogs and cats need more
protein as well as fat in their diets to support their stamina.
A dog food that is complete and balanced and includes at least
26 percent protein and 1650 kilocalories of metabolizable energy
per pound. During the seasons when dogs are not working, feed
them less of the caloric-dense dog food.
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