The Myth of 100% Complete Processed Pet FoodsWritten by Randy Wysong DVM
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If you feed processed foods, use discernment since just about anyone can create a commercial pet food. The pet food industry has hundreds of brands with officious and beguiling labels, all stamped with approval of FDA, USDA, State Feed Regulatory Agencies and American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Business profiteers and occasional movie star are most common force behind labels. All one needs is a little money and they can go to any number of toll manufacturers and have them slightly modify a shelf formula. Dress it all up with a fancy package, a clever brochure and some advertising and voilà, another brand is added to 20-billion-dollar pet food industry. Nutrition is serious health business. The public is not well served by exclusively feeding products from companies without any real commitment to health … or knowledge of how to even achieve that. For past 25 years I have been a lonely voice in wilderness trying to get people to understand deadly health consequences of feeding processed pet foods exclusively. People want convenience in a bag and industry wants flow of billions to continue uninterrupted. In meantime scientific literature offers compelling proof that millions of animals have been maimed and died as a result of feeding thoroughly tested “100% complete” foods with full imprimatur of government regulation. (Exactly same thing that abounds in FDA-pharmaceutical industry.) Examples of pet food disasters include dilated cardiomyopathy from taurine deficiency, potassium imbalances, fatty acid and carnitine deficiencies and numerous other problems that would be expected on a steady diet of dead, devitalized, carbohydrate-based processed foods. Moreover, whole panoply of human chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, obesity, arthritis, autoimmunities, dental deterioration and organ failure are at epidemic levels in pet population … as should be expected on such a diet. Not only is feeding same processed food day in and day out a formula for disease, it is a cruelty to our pets. We take them from their interesting and active wild setting and confine them. That is one thing, but to not even offer them interesting natural meal variety is really quite inexcusable. The answer, like everything else good in life, is a little attention and common sense. Knowledge is best beginning point. To learn more, obtain a copy of my book, The Truth About Pet Foods. I will also see to it that you get a free copy of my CD, “The Thinking Person’s Master Key to Health,” and brochure, “How to Apologize to Your Pet,” which will give you specific guidelines for how to prepare meals and treats to achieve Optimal Pet Health. _____________________ Science, Volume 237, pages 764-8 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 199, pages 731-4 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 201, pages 267-74 Feline Practice, Volume 20, Number 1, page 30 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 202, pages 744-51 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 191, pages 1563-8 Journal of Nutrition, Volume 129, pages 1909-14 Journal of Nutrition, Volume 126, pages 984-8 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 203, pages 1395-1400 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 198, pages 647-50 Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice, Volume 19, pages 527-37 Veterinary Forum, Volume 9, pages 34-5 Veterinary Forum, Volume 9, pages 26-8 American Journal of Veterinary Research, Volume 62, pages 1616-23 Petfood Industry, May/June 1998, pages 4-14 Journal of Animal Science, Volume 75, pages 2980-5 Veterinary Business, Volume 2, page 1 Waltham International Focus, Volume 3, Number 1, page 9
Dr. Wysong is author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy, now in its eleventh printing, several books on nutrition, prevention and health for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net. A free subscription to his monthly newsletter is available at Wysong.net.
The Dangers of Canine ParasitesWritten by Rose Smith
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Roundworms are another common parasite most often found in puppies. The worms are usually heavy-bodied and grow to about 6" in length.
Infection usually occurs as larvae that have lain dormant in an adult female dog are reactivated when female dog becomes pregnant. The larvae begin to migrate through placenta to liver of fetus. They also will migrate to mammary glands of mother, so that puppies can also become infected while nursing.
The time from roundworm larvae infection to adult stage is about 27 days. Most roundworms live about 4 months in puppy and are usually expelled by natural immune system of puppy before 6 months of age.
So, if puppies naturally expel these parasites, how do adult dogs end up with them? The adult dog ingests them by eating some food supply that contain larvae.
Another very common worm is tapeworm. This worm lives in intestines of both dogs and cats. The worm is transmitted by fleas. When a dog or cat has fleas, they will naturally ingest tapeworm while grooming. The tapeworm then makes its way to intestine.
There are usually no noticeable symptoms for most part, although sometimes your dog may show some stomach upsets, diarrhea or just seems somewhat lethargic. You can often tell if your pet has tapeworms by finding small, whitish worm segments that look like small grains of rice under tail of your pet or on its bedding. Also, you dog may begin "scooting" their rear end along floor because of irritation. It takes approximately three weeks from time your dog ingests flea until you begin to see tapeworm segments.
Although not generally harmful to an animals health, tapeworms are certainly something you'll want to rid your dog of. One of first treatments for tapeworms is to begin a program of flea control treatment program for your pet and immediate environment of your house and yard.
Rose Smith is the author and owner of Caring For Canines, a web site that provides information on natural dog health care. Please visit us at: http://www.caringforcanines.com