The Facts About Pet FoodsOct 04, 2020 04:25PM ● By Dianne Wagman
The same is true for our pets. We run to the grocery store and grab a bag of cheap food because we don’t have time to prepare a healthier meal for them. However, we must bear in mind that “life-surviving” or “life-sustaining” is very different from “life-thriving” with wholesome, nutrient-dense, fresh foods. To better understand, we need to take a closer look at how “life sustaining” dog food, otherwise known as “kibble”, came about.
first dry, “life-sustaining” dog biscuit was developed in 1860 by James Spratt,
an electrician that noticed soldiers giving dogs their inexpensive crackers that were used by sailors in need
of long lasting, imperishable food during lengthy sea journeys. Mr. Spratt
developed a “life-sustaining” dog biscuit to sell to well-to-do country men in
the UK. Spratt’s Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes contained a mix of blended wheat,
vegetables, beetroot and “the dried, unsalted, gelatinous parts of Prairie
Beef”. (Interestingly enough, Spratt remained tight-lipped about his biscuits’
specific meat source throughout his lifetime).
General Mills later acquired Spratt’s U.S.
business in the 1950s, and The Ralston Purina Company began experimenting with
the machines they were using for their Chex breakfast cereal to create a more
palatable dog food. The first dry “kibble” was created in 1956 for a
simple way to feed pets.
then, and with more manufacturing companies needing to continually reduce
expenses, the ingredients have remained life-surviving instead of life-thriving.
Dogs and cats may be able to live off high carbohydrate foods with sprayed on
nutrients. But they can’t really thrive on a food that is highly processed and
nutrient deficient. Pets will start showing the signs related to the stress of
being nutrient-starved or malnourished, such as allergies from itching,
scratching, bald spots, hot spots, yeast infections, ear infections, vomiting,
diarrhea, urinary tract infections, (UTIs) and more.
most beneficial food for dogs and cats includes an evolutionary, natural and species-appropriate
diet, also known as Bones and Raw Food Diet (BARF). The BARF Diet, written
by Dr. Ian Billingshurst, explains how the BARF program is not revolutionary,
but evolutionary, because it is based on the diet that animals have eaten for
millions of years. BARF is actually the return to the biologically appropriate
method of feeding that was abandoned 60 to 70 years ago when processed pet
foods took over more traditional methods.
pets’ bodies malfunction without the food of their wild ancestors. When our
pets were forced to abandon their evolutionary diet and were switched to
processed pet food, instead of undergoing instant adaptation, they suffered
biological damage and bodily breakdown on an enormous scale. This continues
today. Our pets’ basic physiology cannot be changed by a few decades of eating
processed food. Such a rapid change is a biological impossibility.
By eating a complete and balanced BARF diet, pets can return to brilliant health, and the need for constant veterinary intervention declines. The benefits of BARF include increased energy levels, lean body mass and resistance to internal and external parasites; the disappearance of many dental problems, problems relating to body systems and disease, which applies to forms of cancer; infected ears become healthy again; the immune system strengthens; water balance improves; orthopedic conditions in young dogs disappear; and behavior improves.
a balanced diet over many meals is the way animals have been eating for
millions of years. With nutritionally satisfying, wholesome, organic raw foods,
we can turn back the clock in our pet’s physiology to give them optimal health,
healthy longevity and a joyful life.