ANYTHING TO MAKE A BUCK would be the tag line for processed pet food if there was truth in advertising.
Companies produce "food" without regard for the health of the animals eating it. Big money is spent on advertising but not on quality control. Even though pets are dying from eating processed foods and treats the products continue to be sold.
Highly processed commercial diets contribute to the sickness of cats and dogs. Animals often make spectacular improvements in health when taken off all "junk" foods, and are instead fed diets appropriate for their species.
How many pet owners are aware that eating from cans and bags is what actually causes the most common ailments and diseases in our companion animals? No matter the quality of the starting ingredients the processing methods used render all life and natural enzymes from the final product.
Would you question your Doctor if they recommend YOU eat a diet of highly processed canned and packaged foods? I would sure hope so! Yet when a veterinarian recommends a similar diet for a companion animal it generally results in the product being purchased and fed to the animal, no questions asked. Why aren't more people seeing this is junk food??? To promote health all animals whether canine, feline or human REQUIRE a variety of fresh wholesome foods that meet their species specific nutritional needs.
The production and sale of commercial pet foods is a profitable industry. Unfortunately, these profits come at a big cost for the many animals that are eating them day in and day out.
Billions of dollars are spent on pet food. Companies go to great lengths to get as much of that pie as they can. The large corporate pet food companies provide considerable sponsorships to the veterinary associations and they have been granted access to come into the universities and provide "education" to veterinary students. This "education" can better be described as SALES as of course it is all about their own products. They provide a solution for the new graduates to pay off their big student loans...by receiving as much as 40% of pet food they sell in their clinics.
Round and round we go, where it stops nobody knows...
Author - Jennifer Lee
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