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Just like us, our pets can suffer from
wrong diet, and pollution, as well as physical and
Wendy Volhard, author of Holistic
Guide for a Healthy Dog, agrees pointing out that
the life span for purebred dogs has been dramatically
reduced. For example, the average life of a Newfoundland
has been reduced by half over the past 25 or so years;
from 14 years to 7 years, according to a Newfoundland
Club of America survey.
The Animal Protection Institute [API]
claims that commercial pet foods, such as Friskies
and Kal-Kan, contain mostly grain wastes and meat
by-products, which can include euthanized shelter
animals, cancer-ridden livestock, road kill, downer
animals, moldy grains and rancid restaurant grease.
Federal meat inspector and veterinarian P. F. McGargle,
notes that low-in-nutrition “scraps” fed to pets increases
their chances of cancer and other degenerative disease.
A good quality, natural pet food is preferable. Volhard
suggests using a pet food that contains two animal
proteins in the first three ingredients and that is
preserved with vitamins C and E.
Products to avoid are those containing
artificial colorings, BHA and BHT, ethoxyquin, propylene
glycol, propyl gallate and sodium nitrate/nitrite,
and animal by-products - unless they are identified
as organ meats.
These high-quality packaged foods
must be cooked. The drawback is that cooking destroys
enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Experts
recommend that we supplement these pet foods with
raw foods and vitamins and minerals. Holistic veterinarian
Dr. Will Winter, says “Dogs and cats were designed
to handle raw, uncooked foods.” He recommends mixing
fresh cuts of meat [not ground] with whole grains
and vegetables. Fish can be included but cooked to
Suitable prepared food for cats and
dogs include Wysong and Langs Natural, containing
the best ingredients; organic whole grains, whole
cuts of meat. These do not contain any undesirable
Wholesome treats for your dog are
Dandy Doggie, and Wow-Bow. These brands include a
large assortment of organic, vegetarian dog biscuits,
grain pastries, cookies, and fresh-baked kibble.
Not only can we benefit from a whole-food
diet and natural remedies, but also so can our pets.
Sources: 1. Richard Petcairn, DVM,
PhD 2. Tracey C. Rembert, Environmental Magazine Issue:
May-June, 1998 3. Wendy Volhard, author of Holistic
Guide For A Healthy Dog, Howell Book House, 1995
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