Friday, September 18, 2009

Vets Make Pet Diets Seem So Complicated

Vets Make Pet Diets Seem So Complicated.
It’s Really Very Simple – Just Think Whole Prey

Pet food company representatives teach vet students that the profile of essential nutrients that must be included in cat and dog diets is exceedingly complex. Fabricating the right nutrition in kibbles and cans can be done only by scientifically competent pet food companies, which employ vast numbers of vets and other professionals. Pet owners, they are told, are not competent to formulate nutritionally suitable pet foods. Vet students are thoroughly indoctrinated on nutrient analyses but are given little or no information on species-appropriate foods.

A great deal of so-called nutritional research is focused on single ingredients that must be included in manufactured foods to make them “complete”, but these “essential” nutrients were omitted in the earlier list of “essential” nutrients. Adding and subtracting nutrients in “complete and balanced” high-carbohydrate kibbles and cans is an ongoing scam. How can the earlier concoction have been “complete” if it needed the new nutrient to be “complete”?

What is forgotten in this reductionist approach is that dogs and cats evolved to eat whole prey. Their health depends on being fed the diet they evolved to eat.

A complete analysis of nutrients in whole prey would be exceedingly complex – beyond the scientific competence of contemporary nutritionists, and beyond the capability of pet food companies.

BUT, pet owners have no need for complex analyses of nutrients in whole prey. Pet owners have only to feed an equivalent assortment of raw meats and meaty bones to give pets optimal nutrition.

For domestic cats, whole prey is rodents, birds, and other small prey. For dogs/wolves, whole prey is small mammals and larger herbivores. Small prey are consumed entirely – heads, viscera, muscles, bones, feathers and fur. Larger prey are eaten more selectively; consumables include organs, muscle meats, and softer bones. Weight-bearing bones of larger prey are gnawed to remove meat but not eaten, because they are too hard. Thus, an approximate whole prey diet for pet carnivores consists of muscle meats, organ meats, and meaty bones. This diet is called “raw-meaty-bones” or “prey model”.

Cats and dogs get all the nutrients they need from a diet of whole prey, even if no one knows exactly what nutrients are included. Feeding pets an optimal diet is easy. Pet owners have only to shop for suitable meats and meaty bones when they shop for their own groceries. More details on how to feed raw-meaty-bones can be found in other posts in this blog and at www.rawmeatybones.com.

Chewing and gnawing at meaty bones keep pets’ teeth clean and gums healthy, thereby preventing the periodontal disease that afflicts 85% of dogs and 65% of cats by the age of three years. Untreated periodontal disease not only causes extreme pain but drains into the blood stream, infecting pets’ major organs and chronically challenging their immune system. Periodontal disease, caused by diets of kibbles and canned mush, leads to chronic illnesses that cost pets their health and pet owners enormous vet bills to treat. Prevention with a raw-meaty-bones diet is so easy.

Don’t let a veterinarian tell you that pet feeding is too complicated for you to understand or to formulate at home. The vet learned this false information at school. You know that an evolutionarily appropriate diet of raw-meaty-bones will keep your pet’s mouth healthy and provide all the untold thousands of nutrients he needs to stay healthy.

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