Can Your Pet Stomach This?
Can Your Dog Stomach This?
There's an old adage that says "You are what you eat". While
more and more Americans are becoming aware of the need to reduce
or altogether eliminate processed foods from their diets, we need
to do the same for our pets. The ingredients that make up most
commercial, processed pet foods are not fit for even non-human
To be fair, not all manufacturers use poor or potentially
dangerous ingredients. In fact, there are a few that use human
grade, healthy ingredients. But most pet food widely available on
the shelf of the local discount store should be a source of
concern for pet owners.
The sources of protein used vary vastly. Any slaughtered
animal, cattle, swine, poultry, lamb - is a source of pet food
protein. Well, that doesn't sound so bad but the question is
this: what parts of that slaughtered animal is in my pet's
kibble? Bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, beaks, feet,
undeveloped eggs, and feathers are termed by-products by the
industry and are a questionable source of nourishment for our
Fat is added in the form of discarded restaurant grease and
"animal fat" that is a by-product of the rendering process. These
fats are highly saturated and lack the linoleic acid essential to
healthy coat and skin.
Many of the grains used come from wheat rejected for human
consumption. Brewer's rice, a low quality rice product is void of
the nutrients found in whole rice. Corn gluten is the dried
residue left from the milling process. Glutens are added to slow
down the transition of rancid animal fats. This holds waste in
which causes kidneys and livers to work overtime and our pets pay
the consequences with ill health.
Fillers are often used that consistent of wood pulp, corncobs
and peanut hulls.
Our pet's food is filled with additives and chemical
preservatives such as BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin which are potential
According to the Animal Protection Institute, "to make pet
food nutritious, manufacturers fortify it with vitamins and
minerals. Why? Because the ingredients they are using are not
wholesome. And harsh manufacturing processes destroy many of the
nutrients the food had to begin with".
It is not unusual for commercially prepared pet foods to be
contaminated with bacteria and endotoxins from using diseased
animals rejected by slaughterhouses for human consumption.
The bottom line here is that ingredients in many of the
commercially prepared, pre-processed pet foods vary widely in
content and quality and are marginally nutritious at best.
Pre-processed foods are a major source of allergies and chronic
digestive problems in our pets.
What can you do? Consider replacing commercial foods with an
all- natural dry food. Supplement with fresh foods. Many people
are trying raw diets for their pets and more and more pet owners
prepare their pet's food fresh daily. There are many books on the
subject and lots of information via the Internet.
If you are interested in learning more about natural pet
foods, please visit www.naturalbarker.com and read about Barker
and Friends Natural Pet Treats and Flint River Ranch All Natural
Pet Foods for dogs and cats. We use only human-grade, natural
ingredients to protect the health of our pets. You may request a
free sample of Flint River Ranch by emailing Barker and Friends
If you would like to find some good books on the topic of pet
nutrition, visit our website www.naturalbarker.com and
click on the Amazon.com link on our Links page.
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basis, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherry Massey is the owner of Barker and Friends Natural Dog
Treats and a distributor for Flint River Ranch Natural Pet Foods.
Natural nutrition for our pets is just as important as it is for
us. We can give our furry friends a longer, healthier life simply
by feeding them whole, all natural foods and eliminating chemical
preservatives and additives from their diet. Its never too late
MORE PETS INFORMATION RESOURCES updated Sun. July / 22 / 2018
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