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When Pets Don't Get Enough of The Right Kind of Protein

Health & Wellness  (tags: animals, pets, dogs, cats, diet, nutrition, science, safety, study, protection, prevention, risks, health, illness, death, research, food, warning, news )

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A heartbreaking case at an animal hospital in North Melbourne, Australia offers another opportunity to warn pet owners about the dangers of feeding biologically inappropriate diets to cats and dogs.

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Kit B. (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:50 pm

I think many people don't know any better and buy food from ads on TV. No pets, not dog or cat have a need for any grain in their diet, some things they need are veggies such as carrots, pure concentrate of alfalfa juice, kale, broccoli, blueberries, beets and dandelion are super healthy. Both dandelion and kale act also as prebiotics which naturally increase the numbers of the good bacteria in the intestine. They need meat, not the crap in most bags of dry food or canned food, which is not meat but renderings. I have seen people on Care 2 brag about making their animals into Vegans. That is so wrong and cruel. Puppies and kittens need food formulated just for their age. If you are not going to treat the pet as the animal they were born to be then, please do not get one. Feed them correctly -- please.

Roseann d. (178)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:59 pm
So true Kit. I put my cats on a complete raw diet and have not looked back. 2 of them were IBD and raw was the only thing that cleared it up...despite the vets' protests. Their sh*t just was not working...and gawd only knows what's in that crap these days. Despite them warning about the risks of salmonella...all the recalls are of commercial cooked pet food. Go figure!

AniMae C. (480)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:37 pm
Exactly Kit & Roseann!
i have been verbally attacked for feeding my dogs & cats fresh meat, someone recently asked me if i felt guilty? The only way i would feel guilty is if i didn't feed them correctly.
They are carnivores, we are omnivores, i don't buy meat for myself but i will always buy human grade meat for my pets, never the cr** they sell for pets.
i don't eat processed food & neither do they.
i know there are many of these stories where the animals suffer & they are being suppressed, they need to be publicized b/c people are hurting their animals thinking they can biologically change them.

Carrie B. (312)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:45 pm
Good job AniMae. Our dogs eat more meat than we do ~ as it should be.

Roseann d. (178)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:51 pm
Ironic that they would say that to you AniMae. I know so many people that give their pets table scraps that are so bad for pets...And so many US pets are overweight. My friend's two pitties are on raw...very sleek and well-muscled and loaded with boundless energy. Some guy said to her, "your dogs are too thin." She said, "No, your dog is too fat: you can't even see his rib bone under that excess fat. My dog just ate an entire duck." Americans have a distorted view of what a healthy weight for their pets should be.

A visiting vet from Africa was shocked at how many pets here have human health issues, like diabetes. He said it doesn't happen in their country where most of the dogs are farm dogs and eat a more natural diet.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:13 pm
I adopted a cat who had been owned by vegetarians and had birthed a litter - and of course had no milk. The woman who was fostering her had to re-train her to eat meat starting with rice nd green bean casserole with meat flavor. (She also found a supplement that got her to produce milk so the kittens survived and got homed.) When I took her home she was eating meat but still thought a lettuce leaf was a treat (one which she didn't often get LOL). After spaying, she was healthy except for her teeth, which over her lifetime came out one by one. I, my mother, and the foster were all appalled by their stupidity. I guess certain people are so tied up in their shorts trying to get biology taught as creationism that they have no time for presenting and defining terms like omnivore, carnivore, herbivore, let alone obligate.

AniMae C. (480)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:24 pm
Thanx Carrie, good to know i'm not the only 'freak' that feeds real raw & cooked food! : )

It's the same here in Australia Roseanne, fat little dogs & kitties everywhere, with human health issues, cancer & autoimmune diseases are out of control & they are dying from over-immunization. i was told by a veterinary nurse that i was risking salmonella feeding raw.
i don't trust the 'pros' anymore, most of them are about $$$$'s, it's so obvious.


Birgit W. (155)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:26 pm
Kit says it all. Thank you.

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 6:10 pm
Very informative article. I emailed it to a friend who's cat is elderly and has been having some problems. I have noticed that there are veggies in the food they give her. So hopefully this might help them get the right kind of food and get kitty feeling better. And, I completely agree with the Doctor. You should never push your ideology on anyone, human or animal. Thanks Carrie.

Jason S. (50)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 6:50 pm
Good posting, thanks

Carrie B. (312)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 7:43 pm
We haven't bought dog food in over 2 1/2 years. Our Ziggy's breakthrough seizures went from every three - four weeks to every three - four months. Zoe went from Miss Pudgy to lean and healthy. Zoe and Daisy are both happy, healthy and very active. Zoe is almost 11 and Ziggy died at 14 1/2 from a inoperable cancerous tumor on his head. Making the right kind of nutritionally balanced food for your pet is the only way to go. Our vet agrees and is happy with the results she has seen in our dogs.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 8:24 pm
Amazing. Albert Einstein said "there are 2 thing that are infinite. The Universe and Human Stupidity and I'm not sure about the Universe".

It really is true. Sure obligate carnivores really are touchy and feely deep down inside and really don't want to kill to eat those poor prey animals.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 4:01 am
I agree, but if you want to keep it real, you probably should include more organ meats, that's what the ancestors would have gone for. And I wouldn't get all concern about what some people feed their pets, they can't even feed themselves properly.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 4:26 am
not good

Aaron Bouchard (159)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:07 am
noted thanks

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday September 27, 2013, 12:26 pm
Cats are true carnivours and need meat to survive.

Paws for the Ne milson (627)
Friday September 27, 2013, 12:48 pm

S S. (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 1:08 pm
Thank you.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 1:45 pm
Thank you for the information.

june t. (66)
Friday September 27, 2013, 10:10 pm

Ruth C. (264)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 10:48 am
I have very healthy animals according to my vet, I make their food myself.

Winn Adams (218)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 5:41 pm
I investigate the company's ingredients and show them to my vet before I purchase any kind of pet food now. You've got to be careful because companies who use to manufacture quality pet food no longer do. They are just a name and nothing more.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:12 am
The kitty’s owners had been feeding him a diet of potatoes, rice milk and pasta. That's just crazy to me. While I do feed my cat store bought food, I don't just feed her ANY crap food from ANY crap store. I always check to see what's in it too. The food I feed my cat has meat as the first two ingredients & a good mix of other HEALTHY ingredients. I won't feed her anything with by-products & junk like that.

Melania Padilla (190)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:46 pm
Thanks, sharing
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