Junk Pet Food diseases

Canned soft foods and grain-based kibble do not clean teeth. In fact, food sludge
sticks to teeth and feeds the bacteria in dental plaque. The body’s second line of defence,
the immune system, mobilises against the bacterial invaders. The result: inflamed gums,
bad breath, circulating bacteria and bacterial poisons that affect the rest of the body.

Dogs, cats and ferrets don’t have the digestive enzymes in the right quality or
quantity to deal with the nutrients in grains and other plant material, whether those
nutrients are raw or cooked. When grains are cooked at high temperatures at the pet food factory, the starches, proteins and fats become denatured or toxic to varying degrees.

Junk food is laden with colorants, preservatives, humectants and a raft of other strange chemical additives—none with any nutritive value and all toxic to varying d e g r e e s .

Once in the bowel of a carnivore, toxic nutrients are
absorbed into the circulation and affect various body systems.

Poorly digested grain-based junk food supports a large population of toxin-producing bacteria in the lower bowel. The bowel lining, in constant contact with poisons, may be adversely affected. Some poisons pass through the bowel wall into the blood circulation, are carried to other organs and create further

Like Morgan Spurlock, some pets show signs of ill health after a short time consuming junk food. For instance, puppies frequently suffer from bad skin and diarrhoea. Long-term exposure to the diet-related toxins listed in categories 1, 2 and 3 leads to diseases of body organs. Diseased organs produce more
toxins, which enter the bloodstream and add to the spiral of worsening disease.

Mostly pets suffer in silence; they can’t speak in words. But when animals are affected by the above four categories of poison, their body language tells observant owners to seek help from the vet. Some vets say: “Stop! Stop feeding junk food.” Sadly, though, most vets ignore categories 1, 2 and 3, and instead they
diagnose diseased organs as mentioned in 4 (above). Treatment usually involves strong pharmaceuticals, which then contribute another level of toxic insult.

You may ask: what about the genetic diseases, infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, the broken legs, other traumatic diseases and the diseases of old age? For sure, these are all important factors governing the well-being of our pet carnivores. But clearly, undeniably, pets worn down by the toxic effects of a junk
food diet are at greater risk of succumbing to other diseases, and the recovery phase is likely to be longer, too.

Stop feeding junk pet food is the first and best bit of advice I can give you—for the benefit of your pet(s), the human economy and the natural environment. By stopping doing harm, we take the first step on the road to doing good. It gains us some breathing space, allowing us to survey the scene, investigate
further and harness the benefits of our newfound wisdom.

Actually, it’s not so new. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician of the fifth century BC, said: “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal your patients with food.”

So why did we lose sight of the ancient wisdom? Why did we ignore the teachings of nature? And of utmost importance, why is it so difficult to discuss, let alone reverse, the current orthodoxy? By way of explanation, let me tell you a story that, when taken to a conclusion, should provide medical, scientific, social and
environmental benefits worth billions of dollars. Since 1955, when Juliette de Bairacli Levy published her Complete Herbal Book for the Dog , there have been mutterings about the inadequacy of processed-food diets for pet dogs and cats.

By the late 1980s Australian vets were passing comment, and by the early 1990s they were registering open dissent. Dr Breck Muir often remarked about the foul odours given off from both ends of dogs fed canned food. In the December 1991 issue of the Australian Veterinary Association News, he wrote:

Canned pet food not the healthiest
The pet food situation has concerned me for some years, my feelings brought to this by the current competitive marketing of various dental work stations for veterinary use.
The scene as I see it goes like this: “Here is the best food ever made for your dog, Mrs Jones,” handing her a
can of commercial dog food or dry food, “but he may develop problems with his teeth, so here is a special
toothbrush and paste for you to use to clean his teeth regularly, and then if that doesn’t keep the periodontal disease at bay we…have the very latest in dental equipment just like your own dentist has, and we can give Fido that perfectly enamelled ivory grin”—that he would have had had you not fed him the commercial food in the first place. Here we have the perfectly engineered commercial circle—a
problem doesn’t exist, so we create one, and then come up with all the remedial treatments.


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