Vegan Diets for Dog = Sick Dog

Vegan Diets for Dog = Sick Dog

Check out this article titled, "The Health Crisis in Dogs is here - So Why Are We Feeding them Meat?"  It's truly cray. 

The article states that we are"in the midst of a health crisis when it comes to our pets. Rising cancer cases and growing rates of obesity are jeopardizing the long, active lives we all want our dogs to enjoy."  I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!



However, here is where I wholeheartedly disagree:  "a growing number of veterinarians and animal nutritionists are telling us that a key culprit is high-fat, high-protein, meat-based dog food."  

Dogs have 42 teeth designed to cut meat and bone, just like wolves.  They are genetically designed to survive and eat prey (not donuts or pizza or anything else cooked up in a manufacturing plant and mass-produced and sold for profit).  The culprit here is not the high-fat, high-protein, meat-based dog food, its in fact, what has been done to it that is causing this health crisis in dogs (and humans too). 
According to "Metabolical," a book written by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL, he explains, in great detail with countless references about how processed food causes chronic disease (diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc.) and essentially is the reason why human health is declining and our economy and environment are also suffering big time.   

This is the exact same thing that is happening to our dogs.  Our dogs are eating highly processed kibble that is high in starch and carbs (aka sugar they can't digest) and advanced glycation end products (more stuff they can't digest), which creates massive inflammation and disrupts crucial metabolic processes.  They become sicker and sicker.  It's not the meat, it's what been done to the meat, which according to the article, it is "melted down into a meaty gruel before being dehydrated and made into kibble or mushed up with cereal and grains in cans. With rendered meat-based food you can’t see what you’re getting so all sorts of nasties can sneak in."

The article continues to discuss the benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet for dogs because "plant-based foods deliver nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and selenium, proven to build immunity and build healthy joints."  While this is absolutely true, high-quality meat (not kibble) is essential to create optimal health for your dog.  The article does reference feeding raw, and mentions a risk of obesity and salmonella, which is total BS. 

From first hand experience, I fed Sheldon Royal Canin and Eukanuba during the first few years of his life and I didn't know any better.   He was chronically ill and was told he would need to be on meds for the rest of his life.  This wasn't acceptable to me, so I detoxed him, only vaccinated him when necessary and fed him raw.  He is now 10lbs lighter than he was when I fed him kibble, never gets sick and has never once gotten salmonella.  

So, if you want a healthy dog, feed high quality raw food.  Stay away from kibble and don't trust everything you read.  

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