The Myth of 100% Complete Processed Pet Foods

Written 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 withrepparttar approval ofrepparttar 145003 FDA, USDA, State Feed Regulatory Agencies andrepparttar 145004 American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Business profiteers andrepparttar 145005 occasional movie star arerepparttar 145006 most common force behindrepparttar 145007 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 torepparttar 145008 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. Forrepparttar 145009 past 25 years I have been a lonely voice inrepparttar 145010 wilderness trying to get people to understandrepparttar 145011 deadly health consequences of feeding processed pet foods exclusively. People want convenience in a bag andrepparttar 145012 industry wantsrepparttar 145013 flow of billions to continue uninterrupted. Inrepparttar 145014 meantimerepparttar 145015 scientific literature offers compelling proof that millions of animals have been maimed and died as a result of feeding thoroughly tested “100% complete” foods withrepparttar 145016 full imprimatur of government regulation. (Exactlyrepparttar 145017 same thing that abounds inrepparttar 145018 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,repparttar 145019 whole panoply of human chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, obesity, arthritis, autoimmunities, dental deterioration and organ failure are at epidemic levels inrepparttar 145020 pet population … as should be expected on such a diet. Not only is feedingrepparttar 145021 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 isrepparttar 145022 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,” andrepparttar 145023 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 ofrepparttar 145024 American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 199, pages 731-4 Journal ofrepparttar 145025 American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 201, pages 267-74 Feline Practice, Volume 20, Number 1, page 30 Journal ofrepparttar 145026 American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 202, pages 744-51 Journal ofrepparttar 145027 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 ofrepparttar 145028 American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 203, pages 1395-1400 Journal ofrepparttar 145029 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 A free subscription to his monthly newsletter is available at

The Dangers of Canine Parasites

Written 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 whenrepparttar female dog becomes pregnant. The larvae begin to migrate through repparttar 144964 placenta torepparttar 144965 liver ofrepparttar 144966 fetus. They also will migrate torepparttar 144967 mammary glands ofrepparttar 144968 mother, so thatrepparttar 144969 puppies can also become infected while nursing.

The time from roundworm larvae infection torepparttar 144970 adult stage is about 27 days. Most roundworms live about 4 months inrepparttar 144971 puppy and are usually expelled byrepparttar 144972 natural immune system ofrepparttar 144973 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 containrepparttar 144974 larvae.


Another very common worm isrepparttar 144975 tapeworm. This worm lives inrepparttar 144976 intestines of both dogs and cats. The worm is transmitted by fleas. When a dog or cat has fleas, they will naturally ingestrepparttar 144977 tapeworm while grooming. The tapeworm then makes its way torepparttar 144978 intestine.

There are usually no noticeable symptoms forrepparttar 144979 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 underrepparttar 144980 tail of your pet or on its bedding. Also, you dog may begin "scooting" their rear end along repparttar 144981 floor because of irritation. It takes approximately three weeks fromrepparttar 144982 time your dog ingestsrepparttar 144983 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 ofrepparttar 144984 first treatments for tapeworms is to begin a program of flea control treatment program for your pet andrepparttar 144985 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:

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