It turns out that, much like ourselves, our dogs and cats should not be eating the same food for every meal. Our dogs are omnivores, requiring both intact proteins and whole vegetable-based vitamin complexes. Our cats are obligate carnivores, they require intact proteins and have little use for grains at all. Both species also depend on a large volume of fresh water to properly digest the food they eat, especially if they are only eating a dry "kibble".
The ideal pet food would be made at home with fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables and farm-raised, grass-fed and finished meat. However, with our busy lifestyles, we rarely do this...even for ourselves.
Thankfully, the pet food industry has risen to our call for safer and healthier pet foods. A documentary called "Pet Fooled" has pulled the curtain back on the pet food industry exposing the poor standards and nearly criminal ingredients. There are now a number of options on the market that will provide the essential nutrients your pets require to live long and healthy lives.
The Holistic Pet Nutrition Center has made it our primary mission to research, select, and offer ONLY those foods that are healthy for your pets. In fact, many of our freeze-dried foods could be eaten by humans.
Over the past few years, a growing number of documentaries about food have been released. Food, Inc., Fast Food Nation, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, and Super Size Me each provide sobering accounts of the once-trusted food industry. Each documentary leaves the viewer with an overwhelming message: the foods we eat are making us sick.
Now let us ponder where our pet's food comes from. Commercial pet food often consists of the leftovers from the food industry. This includes meat, grains, and vegetables that were considered unacceptable for human consumption. Now, if the "acceptable" food is making us sick, then how is the "unacceptable" food going to affect our beloved pets?
According to several veterinarians, it has been well-documented that the incidence of disease in family pets has grown rapidly in the past 30 or so years. Given the variance that occurs within each pets lifestyle, from farm life to city life, the common denominator is the pet food. Therefore, much like with our own food choices, we must be vigilant in the choices of food we make for our furry family members.