We hear it all the time; “We are what we eat”. You may have even observed this many times yourself, especially after the holidays. If you eat poor-quality foods over a long period of time, you may begin to feel sluggish, depressed, and often times will even experience some weight gain.
I propose we change this common catchphrase to also relate to our pets. Something like, “We are what we eat and our pets are what they are made to eat”. If you think about it, it’s true. Our beloved animal companions are only allowed to eat what we decide to put in front of them. If they are made to eat a poor diet similar to one that we feed ourselves, it is no wonder that many of our nation’s population of pets will often exhibit a sluggish, depressed, overweight existence.
We know from our own experience the kind of damage that continuous ingestion of pre-packaged, highly processed foods has on our bodies. This is no different for our pets. There are detrimental effects that may result from feeding highly processed kibble and canned food diets, which are loaded with indigestible ingredients, preservatives, fats sprays and artificial flavors.
Take a look at the ingredients list on your pet’s current brand of dog food. Are there meals, by-products, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors? If so, it may be time to start looking for a better food for your pet. While we may choose (despite our best interests) to continue to eat this way, our pets have an unfair disadvantage, as they must consume whatever we choose for them to eat.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.