Dog’s bodies are designed to live 25-30 years
Anti-Aging for Dogs, John M. Simon, D.V.M.
- Raw Meaty Bones, Fish, Meat
- Small Percentage of Organ Meat
- Small Percentage of Vegetables, Fruits and Offal (organ meats)
- OK to add some supplements like kelp, fish or flax oil, some herbs, etc.
- Carbs are controversial. We’ll talk about them later.
LIKE THE PREY THEY EAT IN THE WILD. Like we eat! “Since the Dawn of mankind, what one eats has been related to how long and how well one can survive in the world.” ~Paul Reynolds, Poet and Yoga Instructor
“There is so much we do not understand about the subtleties of nutrition that we are essentially shooting in the dark when we start to alter and process our foods.” DOGS BODIES ARE DESIGNED TO LIVE 25-30 YEARS. What, that’s not what your vet told you? Would you keep paying a mechanic who told you your new car would only last 8-10 years? If they are telling us dogs only live 8-12 years, isn’t that a clue that we are going to the wrong people? They aren’t using the right tools for nutrition and health because their core belief says they don’t believe these things contribute to longevity. We are putting sand in our pet’s “gas tanks” and then Western Medicine tells us we can “medicate” them to wellness, all the while pouring more sand (and worse) into the system. Of course this includes their toxic medicines full of side effects. It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes – how long will we follow along ?
Just because you yell louder than anyone else (while wearing a white coat) doesn’t make you right.
CONSIDER THIS: A recent report states that the natural lifespan of dogs is around 30 years, whereas these days few live beyond 10 years. Many vets report that a large number of domestic animals die prematurely from liver and kidney failure due to heavy metal toxicity. Animals have very sensitive endocrine systems that are often even more intolerant to toxins than humans. Pet food is the main culprit in making our four legged friends ill. A growing number of veterinarians state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. Pentobarbital, a drug frequently used to euthanize pets, continues to be found in pet food – from pets, cattle and horses that have been euthanized using pentobarbital and then sent to rendering plants. According to University of Minnesota researchers, the sodium pentobarbital used to euthanize pets “survives rendering without undergoing degradation”. Besides being used to stop an animal’s heart, pentobarbital in smaller doses is known to cause chronic and degenerative diseases. Rendering plants process decomposing animal carcasses, large roadkill and euthanized dogs and cats into a dry protein product that is sold to the pet food industry. One small plant in Quebec, Ontario, renders 10 tons (22,000 pounds) of dogs and cats per week. The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture states that “the fur is not removed from dogs and cats” and that “dead animals are cooked together with viscera, bones and fat at 115° C (235° F) for 20 minutes”. Fat stabilizers are introduced into the finished rendered product to prevent rancidity. Common chemical stabilizers include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) – both known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction – and ethoxyquin, a suspected carcinogen. Many semi-moist dog foods contain propylene glycol – first cousin to the anti-freeze agent, ethylene glycol that destroys red blood cells. Lead frequently shows up in pet foods, even those made from livestock meat and bone meal. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, titled “Lead in Animal Foods”, found that a nine-pound cat fed on commercial pet food ingests more lead than the amount considered potentially toxic for children. Mycotoxins, potentially deadly fungal toxins that multiply in moldy grains, have been repeatedly found in pet foods. In 1995, Nature’s Recipe recalled tons of their dog food after dogs became ill from eating it. “Vegetable protein”, the mainstay of dry dog foods, includes ground yellow corn, wheat shorts and middlings, soybean meal, rice husks, peanut meal and peanut shells (identified as “cellulose” on pet food labels). These often are little more than the sweepings from milling room floors. Stripped of their oil, germ and bran, these “proteins” are deficient in essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants. “Animal protein” in commercial pet foods can include diseased meat, road kill, contaminated material from slaughterhouses, fecal matter as well as rendered cats and dogs and poultry feathers. Harmful chemicals and preservatives are added to both wet and dry food. For example, sodium nitrite, a coloring agent and preservative and potential carcinogen, is a common additive. Other preservatives include ethoxyquin (an insecticide that has been linked to liver cancer) and BHA and BHT, chemicals also suspected of causing cancer. The average dog can consume as much as 26 pounds of preservatives every year from eating commercial dog foods.
THIS IS THE “HEALTHY, NATURAL” DOG FOOD MOST COMMERCIAL COMPANIES AND VETS* ARE SELLING YOU!
PET FOOD RECALLS: They are voluntary. No pet food manufacturer is required by law or any federal or vet association to report or recall any food, no matter how toxic.
Learn More: RATINGS ON SPECIFIC BRANDS OF PET FOOD
- Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor
WHAT DOES A VET KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION ANYWAY? *Regular Vets do not have a proper education in NUTRITION. They are taught about a week’s course either by one of the major commercial dog food manufacturing companies or by instructors whose instruction books only include foods like Purina, Science Diet, Eukanuba/Iams, Hills, Nutro. Sort of like Hostess training your MD to teach you about your food choices. I have personally seen official Vetrinary Nutrition TextBooks with the Iams logo printed on the cover. On another note, one instructor told her students about an experiment where they made a food out of leather boots, old tires, peanut hulls, etc, that met the pet food companies nutrient requirements. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) there are 32 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada. They require 0-3 credits of nutrition to graduate, depending on the school. Total credits to graduate, 46-79 per school. Source: www.aavmc.org Find a holistic Vet and you will have an educated resource to consult with. Still, do your own research and use your instinct, your pet has chosen you to be the caretaker, not a third party. IF YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR OWN FOOD: What do we like?
- 1. Whole Food Raw Diet delivered to your door: Darwins. See below for special offer
- LINK: Natural, Raw Dog Food, Grain-free Dog Food – from Darwin’s Pet
- 2. Hawaii Raw Food – Local, Organic, Grass Fed. LINK: Raw Dog Food Hawaii – Raw, Local and Organic Dog Foods (808) 497-7711
- 3. PRIMAL Frozen (Oahu): Save $ by buying in larger bulk sizes: Products
- 4. RAW GREEN TRIPE (Oahu) – helps heal the gut naturally!: Green Tripe
- HAVE TO HAVE KIBBLE?
- 1. ZIWI PEAK (New Zealand): Welcome to ZiwiPeak – Looking for the best 100% natural pet food?
- 2. ORIJEN (Canada): Orijen | Biologically Appropriate Pet Food
There are only 3 companies in the USA where ALL all the commercial dry pet food companies source their meats. Eventually, all end up getting meat from China. China’s meat sources are suspect at best. Recently reports of melamine (pressed board) and many toxic chemicals in China’s pet food sources. Feed you dog healthy food, build healthy bodies and you’ll have a healthy dog for years to come. Vet bills, medicine and heartache are far more expensive than nutritious food.
RECOMMENDED READING, RESEARCH MATERIAL
FOOD AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
Eat what your environment provides, eat for the season. Foods are neutral, hot or cold. Disease and temperament can also be addressed be treated by using the energetics of foods depending on the nature of the illness. For example: A “hot” dog should avoid “hot” foods, a “cold” dog “cold” foods. Food can be a tool to help find balance. MORE SOON!
Great resource on TCM: Dr. Ihor Basko, Kauai ~ Hawaii Why holistic medicine? | Dr. Ihor Basko – Worldwide Holistic Veterinary Care, Acupuncture, Diet Therapy