The global commercial pet food industry is astonishingly profitable and continues to grow (sadly) by leaps and bounds. Let’s define commercial pet food, for our purposes, as anything that is packaged in cans or bags, even if labeled holistic or natural. Hundreds of generations of pet guardians have fed their animals successfully without the use of bagged, canned and processed pet foods, but that fact has been virtually covered up by “Big Pet Food,” and consequently forgotten by consumers.
Conventional thinking causes us to pose the question, “How can we trust the feeding of our beloved companions to an industry driven by profit?” Keeping prices competitive requires the use of cheap ingredients and fillers. To make these inferior ingredients and fillers appeal to pets, artificial colors, flavors and flavor enhancers are added. The consumer saves some money on bagged and canned pet food, instead of an optimal, species specific homemade, carnivore diet, in the short run
but, ultimately, will incur enormous veterinary bills to treat problems that could have been prevented with proper nutrition.
Many commercial pet food companies label their products misleadingly. Processed wood chips are called “powdered cellulose,” and a ground-up array of disease-ridden tissue and unwanted animal parts — often containing high levels of hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides — are labeled as “meat and bone meal.”
The percentages of protein, fat, and carbohydrates listed on the labels provide little or no useful information on whether or not the ingredients are bioavailable — that is, can our pets digest and use them in their bodies?
If our cats keeled over and died after they ate a bowl of kibble or a single can of commercial food — as unfortunately many did in the massive worldwide 2007 pet food recall, and there have been dozens of recalls before and since then — there would be no doubt about its danger. However, since it takes years to develop cancer and other degenerative diseases, most allopathic veterinarians never make the connection between diet and chronic disease. Put bluntly, commercial pet foods may marginally sustain life, but they don’t promote health.by