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What do you really know about the dangers of processed foods? We hear a lot about the dangers of junk food for humans, and yet many pet owners continue to feed their pets a steady diet of junk – read: processed commercial pet foods. What dogs really need is natural dog food, and you won’t find it on your supermarket shelves.
Sojos Home Made Style Dog Food
Here’s a really interesting article which has been written by one of my former readers, Bob Willhite, who also had a website about holistic health – for both humans and companion animals, although he seems to have discontinued the site currently. He’s another advocate of natural dog food (like me!), and particularly likes Sojos dog food and Wysong dog food (also like me).
Sojos Home Made Style Dog Food … and/or … Wysong Dog Food?
Here’s the article:
Processed Foods Are Poisoning Our Pets
by Bob Willhite, A.M.P. 2004
Holistic veterinarians are stating that America’s pets are increasingly becoming diseased and are needlessly dying for the same reason as humans: processed and preserved foods.
Veterinarian Don Hamilton clarifies that most commercial pet foods contain large quantities of rancid animal products. The meat used is usually from animals that died before reaching the processing plant and may have been diseased. The animals used are ground up with added preservatives, artificial colors, and “fillers” before the blend is processed into nuggets or cans. “These pet foods provide physical nutrients, but do not nourish the life force of the body & Rancid products lead to gastrointestinal illness in dogs and cats.” (Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs, 1999). Also it’s likely that hydrogenated or other low quality and unhealthy oils are used. Like humans, pets may be tempted to go for artificial taste instead of wholesome nutrition. Or, Dr. Hamilton notes they may submit out of hunger and eat foods that are not good for them.
Another veterinarian, Randy Wysong, notes that, “A pet’s body is very adaptable and for a time can survive on whatever food is provided. But with typical processed and rancid foods, the body will ultimately be stressed beyond its limits. Loss of vitality will eventually result, followed by degeneration and ultimately disease. The consequences are so far removed from the earlier years of inappropriate foods that few make the connection in understanding the problem” (The Truth About Pet Foods, 2002). High-heat cooking and food preserving have sadly misled us down a path of illness.
This is not newly-found wisdom. Dr. Francis Pottenger’s nutrition studies in the 1930’s using cats had groups receive the same basic diet: meat, milk and fish oil. One group received raw meat and raw milk, while others received cooked meat and pasteurized (high heat) milk. Cats feeding on all raw ingredients flourished, while those offered a cooked diet became weak and malnourished. Also, diseases with the cooked groups intensified with each generation, thus revealing a genetic effect. Skeletal, metabolic, reproductive, behavioral and dental problems escalated over time in the processed food groups, but were absent in the animals fed raw, whole foods (Dr. Francis Pottenger’s).
Dr. Wysong says, “Most pet nutritionists ignore the perfect model, which is nature itself. You simply must supplement raw, fresh, natural foods to the diet of your pet if you are hoping to achieve its optimal health.” Try a dry, ready-mix called Sojos (by Sojourner Farms) for dogs or cats to which you simply add fresh, raw meat, raw bones and ideally some raw veggies. It takes only a couple of minutes a day. Working with your local butcher, you can add chicken necks and wings, animal organs and meat scraps; or buy meats as they’re discounted to sell before the expiration date on the package. Organic meats are best, for you and your pets.
If you do not want to use raw foods, at least use Wysong’s canned food that’s as close to the natural diet as modern processing can mimic. It contains only the freshest of meats and organ ingredients with cold or low heat processing to maintain the food’s vitality. Only natural and beneficial compounds are used for preservatives. Dr. Wysong says, “Take control by being informed- and seek advice from those who have grown in their understanding of nutritional prevention.” Health begins with knowledge. Order from InBliss the Sojos, or Wysong products at a discount, which can be shipped to your home.
Note: Bob Willhite is an Alternative Medical Practitioner that is Board Certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In his interaction with his wife’s business, InBliss, they facilitate wellness through education and holistic products (Idaho Statute, Title 54-2104 [f]).
Well, what do you know, … Bob recommends Sojos as well!
For more info, don’t forget you can check it out at www.HealthyHappyDogs.com/Sojos – it’s well worth it!
You can order it directly online. Now that’s convenience for you!
Bob also mentions Wysongs canned dog food in his article – this is another very good dog food product – other types of Wysong foods are on my best dog foods ranked list, but I personally don’t favor canned dog food. But Wysongs is certainly one of the better canned dog food varieties, if your preference is for canned food for any reason.