Let Your Pet Go Organic!From skin irritations and dull coats to constipation and lack of energy, your pet’s food can be hurting, or even worse, killing him. Chances are if you’re feeding your pet from those commercial bags, boxes or cans, he and you, are getting a lot more than you bargained for.One of the first ingredients in most commercial pet food is meat by products or “meat meal.” What exactly is that? Unfortunately, it isn’t a plump chicken leg or ground tenderloin. Instead, its the parts of the animals that are unfit for consumption. Lungs, spleens, bones, beaks, and other scraps that are leftover after all of the actual meat has been picked from the bone.How about the boiled flesh of dead, diseased, disabled or dying animals? What if those animals included dogs and cats? How can this be? Well it all comes down to the mighty dollar. And speaking of that dollar, doesn’t it stand to reason that the big pet food manufacturers want their products to have the longest shelf life possible so that there’s no waste and no lost profit? Of course it does! Guess what gives that extended shelf life…harmful preservatives. And along with those preservatives are herbicides, pesticides and let’s not forget the chemicals that were used to euthanize the sick and dying animals that wound up in that bag of food you’ve been feeding your beloved pet. Yes, the same chemicals that are used to kill animals are being fed to animals.
So what can you do to protect your best friend?There are a couple of alternatives that are not only safer, but will help your little Fido to thrive.If you’re up for it, you can pick up some books on pet nutrition and research the proper diet and nutrients for your pet’s health and then cook for him at home. While this may sound like a great idea (after all, who better than you to control the freshness and wholesomeness of your pet’s food?) it’s not as easy as it sounds. Dogs and cats need a special diet that includes and excludes various foods and amounts of those foods. Its pretty scientific stuff and unless you’re willing to spend the time learning how and what to prepare, home-cooking might not be the best avenue.A better solution is to go organic. Organic pet food manufacturers care about your pet’s health and to prove it, they don’t opt for cheap, dangerous ingredients. Instead they leave out the byproducts, steroids, chemical additives, artificial colors, dyes, artificial flavors, bulk fillers like corn and wheat (which can irritate the digestive system), antibiotics, pesticides and other harmful and useless ingredients.
Organic product manufacturers have to follow strict guidelines to become certified, and that process not only includes inspection of what goes into the products, but also, where and how they are made!Aside from the obvious, here are a few more important pluses to feeding organic:Shinier, softer coats
Less skin irritations
Regular bowel movements
Healthy weight maintenanceThese are just some of the health benefits that organic foods offer our pets.With the variety of ways organic foods can impact our pets, our environment and our own bodies, doesn’t it just make sense to make the switch?