A recent email from a happy client made me think about the different attitudes to feeding man’s best friend.
For someone like myself, the best way to feed a dog is glaringly obvious. But it’s clear that for some the waters are considerably more cloudy. The commercial pet food industry has done such a good job of hoodwinking the general public that dog parents simply don’t know what to think anymore.
So here are my categories of dog feeder.
Believers in science
To many of us, feeding homemade or raw dog food makes perfect sense. Feeding a dog a fresh, wholefood diet is the healthiest way to feed man’s best friend. It’s been scientifically proven.
Forget what the commercial pet food industry tells you. If you want your dog to have the best possible opportunity to lead a long, happy and healthy life, provide a fresh diet. A balanced diet with the correct amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates. A diet with a wide variety of ingredients. And a diet appropriate to the size of the dog to avoid unhealthy weight gain.
Add in water, plenty of exercise and lots and lots of love, and you have the perfect recipe for health, longevity and happiness.
It has been estimated that some 80% of canine ailments can be cured simply by feeding a healthier diet. That means that 4 out of 5 dogs are unnecessarily ill.
But it is only when their dog becomes ill that a great many dog parents begin to question the role of diet in their dog’s health. If only they would question it earlier!
Canine health conditions from allergies to urinary tract infections can be cured or at least improved purely by improving a dog’s diet.
Just imagine how many dogs would be healthy dogs if they were fed fresh, nutritious food in the first place!
A surprising number of people know in their heart of hearts that a fresh food diet is best for their dog. Their logic tells them it’s so. They just need a little moral support in making the switch from the commercial diet.
They know that commercial food is bad but need their hand holding to make the switch. Until then, they’ll continue to feed unhealthy commercial dog food anyway.
The ignorance is bliss brigade
Sadly, I would suggest most dog parents today fall into this category. Despite the evidence, they themselves are are simply unaware of the harm being done to their dog by commercial dog food.
They’re not aware that a 2003 study proved that the difference between a fresh food diet and commercial dog food can be measured in time. In terms of longevity, the average dog could live for an extra 32 months if fed a healthy homemade or raw diet. That’s nearly 3 years of extra life, of extra time with your dog, just for making a little effort by providing he or she with a healhy diet.