Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Not surprising to me, there is more and more controversy and recalls all the time on processed dog foods. The latest buzz is all about the dangers of "grain free foods" Below is a comprehensive report on the most popular brands of grain-free kibble and the and heart disease associated thereto.(report at bottom of page)
This is just the latest buzz in a long list of problems and illness related to feeding dogs processed food. That is what kibble is...PROCESSED FOOD. We all know that we cannot sustain healthy children, or adults for that matter, on a processed food diet! We know this! Researchers have found associations between higher levels of CRP (C-Reactive Protein) and various chronic illnesses, including cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and so much more in people who eat a processed diet. There are new studies popping up every day to tell us just how bad processed diets are....why does anyone still continue to think that feeding our dogs a processed diet is a good thing!!!
NO DOG SHOULD BE FORCED TO EAT FOOD THAT COMES OUT OF A BAG!
Feeding a fresh raw diet is the ONLY biologically appropriate food for your dog. PERIOD. There is no danger to your dog of salmonella, e-Coli, listeria, etc., because a) you're not feeding your dog road kill! (although your dog could actually handle that too)...b) dogs have the digestive enzymes to deal with these things! 20 minutes after a dog has eaten a raw meal, their mouths are clean of any possible contaminants for transfer to humans. Feed Raw, don't let your dog lick you for 20 minutes. No problems. Stop believing all the fear mongering out there from vets that are actually NOT schooled in canine nutrition (except by the manufacturers of kibble, who by the way provide kickbacks to the vets for selling that crap in their clinics ), dog food companies (major pharma) who are HEAVILY invested in convincing you that dry, processed dog food is the only healthy alternative, "Research" that is bought and paid for by major pharma.
Veterinarians focus on a range of topics in veterinary school, nutrition being a SMALL part of that. For veterinarians who are actually passionate about nutrition alone, it’s possible to acquire an additional degree to adopt the title of a ‘Veterinary Nutritionist’. There are exactly 100 veterinarians with this additional qualification in the United Staes. Is your vet one of these If so, you should absolutely take their guidance on the right diet for your dog. If not, let’s step back and discuss a little about how the dog food and veterinary industry works. Like many industries, there are big giants who dominate the market. There are also many incentive programs for a veterinarian to receive a ‘kickback’ for promising to recommend a specific food. Because money does guide how most people do business, and the veterinary practice you visit is still just a business.
Here's a little history on kibble for you: https://www.homeoanimal.com/…/81166468-do-you-know-what-is-…
Did you know, the Global Pet Food Market Size is projected to reach USD 98.81 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., exhibiting a 4.3% CAGR during the forecast period. You better believe those dog food companies are very interested in you being afraid to feed your dog REAL food.
The benefits of feeding a raw diet include, but are not limited to:
Shinier coats Healthier skin Cleaner teeth Higher energy levels Smaller stools Better weight management A large reduction in allergy issues
The issues of feeding a dry, processed kibble diet include, but are not limited to:
40% of dogs are obese 46% of dogs and 39% of cats now die of cancer Heart, kidney, and liver disease are now an epidemic Kibble fed dogs almost always have gastrointestinal issues or disease
1 in 5 kibble fed dogs has allergy issues
Almost all dogs age three and over who are fed a kibble diet have dental diseases... THIS IS SCREAMING TRUTH AT YOU Kibble is linked to kidney and bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating It contains pesticides, food coloring, preservatives Kibble is loaded with corn, a cheap filler. Unfortunately, the corn isn’t the luscious kind you and I eat. It’s feed corn (like cattle eat), or cheap feed corn remnants. Even corn meal dust counts as corn. The corn may even have been condemned for human consumption, there is no upper level of pesticide contamination for pet foods. THAT'S TERRIFYING If that weren’t bad enough, corn (which gives us both high fructose corn syrup and corn oil) is fattening. Any wonder so many dogs are obese and suffer from diabetes?
On top of this is the storage issues:
The Truth, No “complete and balanced” pet food exists that is also shelf-stable. One example: As soon as a bag of kibble is opened, important dietary fats in the food start to go rancid, and long-term consumption of rancid fats can obviously negatively impact your pet’s health.
Also, because kibble is processed multiple times and at extremely high temperatures, effectively killing all the nutrition in the food, manufacturers assume the finished product contains no micronutrients. That’s why the final production step involves spraying on a nutrient mix (and a palatability enhancer to make pets want to eat the stuff).
The nutrient mix contains cheap, feed-grade vitamins (often from China) (a food labeled made in the USA or Made in Canada DOES NOT need to state that the nutrient mix comes from China), including metal oxides and sulfates that speed the oxidation of fats, ultimately resulting in rancid fats in a formula that may or may not be entirely safe to feed as little as a week after it was opened.
There’s also significant potential for opportunistic bacteria and mycotoxins in dry pet food, and the longer the kibble is stored, the greater the risk to your pet and anyone in the family who handles the food. (NOT AN ISSUE WITH RAW) And as if all that wasn’t bad enough, storage mites can also proliferate in dry food. These tiny mites start out in grain silos and from there find their way into dry foods like cereal, grains and kibble. Pets can develop a hypersensitivity to storage mites, resulting in itchy inflamed skin, hair loss and recurrent ear infections.
-Many unhealthy things can occur in a bag of kibble — especially an open bag — including fat rancidity, bacterial and fungal growth, nutrient depletion and storage mite infestation
-Most dry pet food also has a number of other problems, including poor-quality, rendered and high-glycemic ingredients and extreme processing that creates cancerous byproducts.
Your dog deserves to eat fresh, real and whole food.