Hippocrates – “Disease begins in the gut.” “Let Food be Thy Medicine.”
Most people are of the belief that feeding a good quality dry food is good for their pet. But in reality, this can be the furthest from the truth. Yes, there are different qualities of dry food and if you have to feed a dry food, choosing higher quality is definitely the best option over feeding a low-quality grocery store brand.
But keep this in mind; if you have to feed a dry dog or cat food, there are things you can do to make your pet’s diet better.
First, let’s talk about what is wrong with dry food.
- It keeps your pet in a constant state of dehydration. (It is the number one killer in cats)
- All dry food contains at least two carcinogens due to the high heat cooking process. At least 400o to 460o degrees. Also, the food can be cooked multiple times before they get to the finished product.
- Increases the chance of your pet getting cancer.
- Dry food is hard on the organs (due to lack of moisture)
- It’s hard to digest
- Ruins the Microbiome (If this happens, disease will flourish)
- It does not clean the teeth. (As a matter of fact, it can promote dental decay)
- Most dry foods are too high carb for your pet and will constantly spike their insulin.
If you have one or two small animals, I would consider feeding fresher food diet without kibble.
If you have to feed dry, here are some suggestions:
You can feed 10% to 15% of your own food without creating an imbalance. I would suggest lean meats and raw eggs. A small amount of lightly cooked veggies or fruits with high antioxidants.
Consider adding a high quality, 95% higher meat canned food diet. I like Nature’s Logic because they have a good fat to protein ratio and THEY DO NOT USE SYNTHETIC VITAMINS IN THEIR FOOD.
A balanced raw diet is the best choice to consider and if this is something you want to consider; we would be happy to consult with you. Our favorite is the Answers Raw diet as it is all fermented. This is what we feed our pets.
Adding Answers Raw Goat’s Milk or their fermented Kefir to your pet’s diet adds a numerous amount of nutrients, probiotics and enzymes.
If you choose not to add fresh food, then at least add enzymes, probiotics and Omega 3’s to your pet’s diet. I would suggest Phytoplankton or the Answers Fermented Fish Stock. I am not a fan of fish oil as it oxidizes too fast.
Replacing dry food with dehydrated. It is less denatured then canned, but it has little moisture.
YES – LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE.
We have helped a lot of people with their pets with the following:
- Digestive Issues
- High liver enzymes
- Renal failure
- Urinary tract
- Weigh management
For a free Consult you can talk with myself or Deana. We would be happy to chat with you. Deana i working on her second certification in pet nutrition.
Disclaimer – Kristina McLeskey is not a Veterinarian. These are just general guidelines. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, please see your veterinarian.
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