The most effective ways to kill you pet legally is in what you feed them.
As a dog owner and former cat owner I find all the information in this post disturbing as many of the disorders our cats ultimately died from were probably caused from the food we were feeding them. It was only when we got our first dog that we looked into what was best to feed her and found all of the information below and more.
The title makes this post appear like a popular thread for nasty people to kill your pet which unfortunately in some ways it is.
The problem is those ‘nasty’ people are some of the manufacturers pet foods and treats with huge television and marketing campaigns telling you how amazing their foods are for you pets.
Dogs are considered by some to be omnivores but cats are obligate carnivores
Why many people feed their pets junk food which would be more suited to chickens is seemingly beyond reasoning until you take into account the massive marketing campaigns done by the BIG pet food companies.
Cost of course is another factor, however cheap in quality pet food can vary between very cheap and very expensive with companies making huge claims about how their product is so healthy.
Would you eat Macdonald’s every meal, every day of your life ?
Being a carnivore, the dog’s dentition is geared towards a diet of flesh and bone.
Each side of an adult dog’s upper jaw has 3 incisor teeth, 1 large canine tooth, 4 premolars and 2 molar teeth, and the lower jaw has 3 incisors, 1 canine tooth, 4 premolar and 3 molar teeth.
Whether you believe they’re carnivores or omnivores, dog’s possess an undeniable carnivorous bias
The number and types of teeth reflect those of a ‘mesocarnivore’.
The earliest Carnivora family of Miacidae, of which Miacis, the earliest known ancestor of the domestic dog was a member, were mesocarnivores. Modern day mesocarnivores include wolves, coyotes, foxes, civets and skunks, as well as dogs. Beyond the teeth, the dog’s gastro-intestinal system is that of a carnivore, being much shorter in proportion and in comparison with the GI tracts of herbivores.
People refer to cats as obligate carnivores when they are trying to emphasize the fact that cats are a little different than many other meat-eating predators.¹ Combining obligate with carnivore is pretty clear. Cats must eat meat, it is an absolute biological necessity.Obligate means “by necessity.” The dictionary definition is: 1. Restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life. 2. Biologically essential for survival.
I will start with ‘kibbles’ as they are by far the most popular food of choice for out pets these days.
The main ingredient in most kibbles is either grain or rice, in the UK at least ingredients have to be listed in the greatest quantity order first.
This is an example of a leading manufacturers kibble content:
Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (20%, including 4% Chicken in the Brown Kibbles)
Oils and Fats (including 0.4% Sunflower Oil) Derivatives of Vegetable Origin (including 1% Dried Beet Pulp) Minerals Vegetables (4% Carrots in the Orange Kibbles, 4% Peas in the Green Kibbles)
According to European law, ‘meat and animal derivatives’ is defined as “All the fleshy parts of slaughtered warm-blooded land animals, fresh or preserved by appropriate treatment, and all products and derivatives of the processing of the carcass or parts of the carcass of warm-blooded land animals”.
Clearly this is very loose and does not provide any clues as to what parts or even what animals are being used.
When you go to the vets these days there is a very high chance they sell one or two particular brands of dog food and nothing else, and if asked they would most likely tell you that they are the healthiest option for your pet.
Simply put, many vets are not educated on proper nutrition, many have had their training paid for by pharmaceutical companies or pet food manufacturers.
Most veterinarians are highly qualified individuals; however, their qualifications are for surgery, conventional disease diagnosis and treatment, and conventional drug prescription, NOT for nutrition (although holistic vets are more aware of the importance of fresh raw foods in keeping animals healthy, and are also amenable to alternative therapies).
This is a process that alters the physical and chemical components of pet food. It is a process that has been used by the pet food industry for over 50 years. About 95 percent of dry pet diets are manufactured using the extrusion process. Batches of pet food ingredients are mixed and heated under high pressure, forced through a desired shape of the extruder machine.
Whilst the ingredients are being cooked they are subject to temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius and then at 200 degrees in the final process.
At these temperatures vitamins and omega 3 don’t stand a chance, and the manufactures get away with it as they have added them, just because they are no longer present seems to be irrelevant to the law makers.
Some manufacturers (like Champion Pet Foods who make Orijen and Acana) have found ways to extrude at much lower temperatures (typically around 90°C) which should leave much more of the natural nutrients intact.
On top of that added preservatives both chemical or natural cause toxic build up in our pets system.
Examples: Bakers Complete, Pedigree Complete, James Wellbeloved dry, Royal Canin dry, Burns, Orijen and many, many more.
Other methods of manufacture
Examples: Markus Mühle, Lukullus, Farm Food, Lupo.
I came across this picture a few months ago and have confirmed it’s imagery in various sources across google and bing. Prior to seeing it both our dogs had been given them.
You could walk into almost any pet shop and see shelves loaded with roasted bones.
You should never feed a dog or a cat cooked bones as they are very prone to splintering which could cause serious injury to your pet.
All is not lost
Raw bones do not carry such a massive risk and are good for your pet.
You should not however feed you pet load bearing bones i.e legs etc as they are much stronger and you pet could injure itself. (not applicable to poultry)
Many sites will say to never feed your pet poultry bones, which is nonsense, only rule of thumb is to watch your pets when they eat bone just in case they have an issue. The video below is a good example.
Back to nature
The sections below are all positive which is much needed given the nature of most the content above.
The safe way to feed dogs RAW
Poison free zone
I think you can see from this post that I am a BARF (bones and raw food) advocate, but only since discovering all of the above.
We do give our dogs some vegetables occasionally such as grated sweet potato or green beans, but it is never more that 10% of their overall diet.
Dogs are carnivores and their digestive tracts are designed to eat plenty of animal fat. They need large amounts of animal fat to meet their physical needs for both energy and endurance.
The raw meat we give them is 90% meat with 10% bones, it comes in frozen chubb form. Occasionally we add offal to their meals for extra nutrients and we give the one dog lambs or pigs heart as he has a stiff leg.
The ideal mix for dogs is 80/ 10 /10 i.e 80% meat /10% bone /10% offal however its worth noting that it does not have to be like this for every meal just over a period of 20 days, so some days they could do without the offal all together and another day they can have 50% in addition it is also worth fasting you dog for a day every now and then.
Hopefully this post will have at the very least opened your eyes at least a little but you should not just take my word for it.
Take your time and do your own research as I did and don’t blame yourself to much when the realisation dawns on you as well. Very big companies using massive marketing campaigns have pulled the wool over eyes for a very long time.