There are many pet food diets on the market produced by dietitians, chefs, vets and scientist, all with the aim of producing a balanced, thoughtful and well researched diet, but we must ask if they are using the right ingredients.
Many commercial foods look good on paper. They have
- Correct nutrient values
- Good mix of ingredients
However, they are often high in carbohydrates (grains and vegetables) and high in fats or offal. The ingredients are often cooked (some raw), refined or poor quality which alters the digestive acids within a pet’s stomach, which can lead to health issues for some animals in the long or short term.
As our lifestyles placed higher demands on our time, the need to streamline day to day chores increased tenfold.
Fast forward to around 1860 and a man called James Spratt (in England) developed the first known commercially prepared pet food. Technically “fast food” for pets was created and has now become a multi-billion dollar beast, churning out millions of tonnes of commercial dry and wet food each year. Coincidently, veterinary schools were on the rise not long after this time.
While nutritionally balanced on paper, these “fast foods” are causing a considerable strain on our pets’ health. All ingredients are heavily refined with cheap fillers used to bulk up nutritional components, including the addition of synthetic substitutes, such as vitamins and minerals, to further boost these “balanced” concoctions. Fillers consist of ingredients such as flours and carbohydrates (potato, grains, starchy vegetables), all of which impact the health of our pets.