It’s no secret to my close friends and family how much I like food. I think cheese, paired with crusty bread and a nice red wine, is close to heaven! I’m sure many of you feel the same way. Have you spent much time thinking about food from the standpoint of your dog or cat?
It’s pretty clear that we humans living in Western Society eat lots of food that isn’t the best for us. We all know we should eat fewer calories, smaller portions, more vegetables, and less processed food. To be honest, I think the same holds true for our pets. We have an epidemic of overweight pets who are eating too much of the wrong foods.
It used to be that dogs and cats ate raw meat, table scraps, and whatever they hunted for themselves. How and when did we end up with highly processed bits of dry kibble in 40 pound bags, available on every grocery store shelf? It wasn’t until the late 50’s that the extrusion process for converting huge vats of meat, fat, and grain scraps into dry kibble was created. Since then, this process has been used to recycle leftover and inedible human food into a questionably nutritional albeit convenient form.
Some six decades of pets have survived eating only dry, cooked, extruded kibble. No one would argue that this food outright kills pets. However, I would argue that there are pets for whom this food is less than ideal. Why do I say this? I have seen first hand how certain chronic medical conditions in dogs and cats resolve with nutritional therapy. With continued improved nutrition, these conditions do not recur. It is both exciting and rewarding to restore pets to health through the use of food.
In the next few weeks, I’m going to share some success stories with you. In the process, I hope you will learn some tips and techniques you can use with your own pets to improve their nutrition. As the saying goes, we are what we eat. As I’ve learned, this applies to our animals as well. Tune in later this week to read Windsor’s story!