Yes, I have. What is it? It’s called FOOD. Yep – the same stuff that you eat, and often served raw and something you can easily do yourself.
Read about the best way to feed your pet on websites such as:
Do you think that you are doing the right thing by feeding your dog a ‘premium dry (or even canned) dog food’? The ones that are expensive in the stores? Think again silly people! All you are paying for is more murder of dogs in the name of ‘science’ and a lot of over processed garbage (literally) in a fancy paper sack.
- First of all your kibble or canned dog food purchase supports the continued vivisection of dogs and cats to ‘study’ the effects of the food on the animals. The ‘effects’ are not always about making your dog healthier either!
- Secondly it supports a factory farming food industry who simply want to get rid of waste products which they cannot sell on to humans, and which are marked as ‘not fit for human consumption’ (in the USA … supposedly the EU has regulations against using this type of ‘food’ in pet foods).
- Thirdly the ingredients are heated to extremely high levels, destroying any nutrition that might have been in them to start with. It’s worse than living on a steady diet of canned raviolis or oreo cookies in the end.
And any study done (killing or maiming dogs to ‘help’ dogs … hmm) on the effects of the food is not done to ensure it’s more healthy for them – no – it’s to study things like how to control how much they shit and the consistency of the crap. Think I am kidding? Read the full story I link to below. And with ‘twice a week’ exercise sessions for the lab animals who get to live, you can be sure these lab dogs are not the perfect animals to be testing whether or not the food is good fuel for active high performance dogs.
How to react? Make your own dog food. This will not only avoid evil Chinese ingredients like melamine that recently killed so many pets in North America, but more importantly it avoids the evil dog food industry which does NOT have the best health of Fido in mind when ‘designing’ and testing your dog food on dogs that will never ever live outside the laboratory. I often wonder why they do not test baby food in the same way …
A very good article by the New York Times Magazine supports what I have stated above regarding testing of dog food on surgically altered laboratory dogs specifically and why they do the testing (ie shit control). I encourage you to read it and start to think for yourself about what might be a better diet for your dog, cat or any other companion animal.
Here is another article from House Pet Magazine online which has a good overview of the pet food industry and refers to quite a few good books that will give you easy recipes for making your own food at home.
And here is an article from SiriusDog that further dishes the dirt – explaining how dogs, cats and other animals that are euthanized at veterinary offices in the USA and Canada are used as ‘protien’ in dog and cat food processing.
If you read these articles, and care about the animals you keep – you will be hard pressed to continue feeding them commercial pet food afterwards. Table scraps are by far healthier for them even if that is your only option!
Here is a list showing distributors of raw foods (which in my opinion are the best and are food as nature intended dogs to eat it) in the USA if you are afraid to make your meals own up or want some convenience:
Here in France I have been able to get raw minced chicken carcass, as well as beef liver and chicken carcass at a very reasonable cost from Volailles du Poher. I have educated loads of friends about BARF (Bones and Raw Food) feeding for pets, and together we go in on an order about once a month to get the cheapest cost per kilo.
The cost for us ends up being around €1.15 a kilo for this mince. We also feed chicken wings (which are more expensive) that we order in bulk from Carrefour (asking for the best price possible) and using either ‘Viande pour Animaux’ (offcuts from the butcher) or the cheapest cuts of beef for stew at the grocery store, I make a stew of a seasonal variety vegetables, garlic, and often seaweed such as dulse with this beef, and I add in enough rice or polenta to not make it a sloppy mess. I make this up in batches, and serve one meal of the stew and another of raw foods, as well as giving my dogs plenty of bones to chew (which we get free from the butchers). We used to raw feed 100%, but our dogs stopped eating the raw vegetable mix and this is why we changed to the stew idea (to get them a variety of trace nutrients). Our dogs are not allergic to milk so we also give them yogurt, and as treats they do get table scraps and cheese rinds (here in France the cheese rinds are rinds – not wax!).
How did I figure this out?
I started thinking about what I fed my dog when my first dog that I got while I was in college developed severe allergies to commercial dog food. Until that time I had not given a thought to what might be in the package – I bought the hype sold to us by the pet food companies that what they created was the best thing for my dog and that I was too stupid to be able to feed a dog better than a scientific dog food company could. I had to take my dog to several vets to try to find out why she would not stop itching. One told me she might be allergic to grasses, and another said maybe it was that she was allergic to chicken. Neither of these things made any sense to me.
Finally, one vet told me (this is in the 1990s now) that he was seeing a lot more allergies in dogs in the past 10 years (when I asked him how was it possible my dog was allergic to ‘chicken’ as another vet suggested) and that he did not believe it was the advertised ingredient that caused the allergy – but rather the preservatives or even possibly the anti-biotics or other things that ended up in the package. I was shocked that this type of thing was allowed in pet food, but read some books and found it was (this was before the internet allowed such easy research on topics like this).
More tellingly, I tested it out by changing my dog’s diet and sure enough, if my dog ate chicken that was ‘Amish’ raised (ie without chemicals), she did not itch. If she ate commercial factory farmed chicken or chicken dog food, she itched herself red and raw. I could not afford Amish chicken on my student budget but by reading up, I found out that commercial lamb was not raised with chemicals in general, and was able to find lamb mince fairly cheap and so for a long time I made her food out of lamb, rice, eggs and a few other ingredients. If she ever by mistake ate another dog’s commercial food she would break out in itching herself bloody again. It was only towards the end of her 17 year life (after being praised over and over again for my ‘puppy’ – she had a great coat, and was very lively up until the end) that I discovered raw feeding might be even better, due to some articles on the new internet websites that were cropping up dedicated to natural pet feeding.
In the end, I feel raw is preferable as if you study how food digests, one can digest protien most easily and with the least kidney damage if the protein is raw. But certainly any home made cooked meal with good quality ingredients is going to be better for your pet than any commercial dry dog food.
I know for certain that my dog at 16 was much healthier than many commercially fed dogs which we met in the park, and I always attributed this health to the fact that her body reacted against the bad nutrition to the point where I had to feed her decent food – and so she thrived. So will your dog or cat. (Note that cats are purely carnivores and do not care so much about vegetables and require animal protien – dogs on the other hand are omnivores and do need a more varied diet).
Read up and take action!