Are you a dog lover? If so, you may have come across some information in the newspapers or perhaps viewed on the web's video channels some questionable information about dog food. Is it really what they say it is?
"Modern dog food was invented by James Spratt, who launched the first complete dog food - a biscuit made of wheat meal, vegetables and animal blood - in England in 1860. Mill owners saw its potential as a way of selling their unwanted by-products (basically floor sweepings) and low-cost meat off-cuts at a much higher price than they’d otherwise achieve. From day one, dog food producers made extravagant claims for their products and paid vets for endorsements. Little has changed in more than 150 years."
So says an article in the UK's Daily Mail, in response to a recent research study completed by Nottingham University. Apparently, the study found that much of what goes into your pet food is not what it says on the tin! Many of the ingredients were not of animal origin - they state 'unspecified animal species' and some of it described as quite disgustingly unhealthy.
When the general public is continually fed false information, their usual response is to vote with their feet - or wallets - and choose another brand. But how can we be sure which brands are telling the truth and which ones are filling us with porky pies?
The thing is, we can't.
We have be able to trust either the manufacturers who are trying to sell us their products, or our own gut instincts.
I had to learn to trust my own gut when, a few years ago my own dog, Buddy, suffered a serious physical illness. Because each of the vets (four in total) who treated him couldn't decide on the same diagnosis, I became wary of their advice. Three of the vets informed me that I would need to put him 'down'. One even said, and I quote:
"I can kill him now, or on Monday when the painkillers run out".
Naturally, after the previous advice I had received I wavered, but in a state of shock, I took Buddy home and resigned myself to living life without him. In my mind were all the sentences that convinced me it was his time to be greeted at those pearly gates. But, when I looked down into those big brown eyes, I felt there was something more going on.
Thankfully, a lady at work suggested I pay a visit to another vet. After a 30 mile journey to find his big zoo, I was pleasantly surprised.
This vet took the time to study my wee pal. For over half an hour, he watched Buddy's movements, his reactions and responses before making any decision.
After this big hairy lion of a man, Joe Bodemann, above, who actually trains lions for television, injected Buddy's spine with a B Vitamin, Joe asked if I would mind leaving Buddy in his dog hospital for a week.
During that time, Joe changed Buddy's diet and got him back on track.
Buddy lived another three years after that visit. He was healthy, happy and had begun to run up and down hills like he used to. It was wonderful watching him basically coming back from the dead. It was a miracle in my eyes.
I ended up with a video diary which I will share with you soon. It was one that charted his rise from illness to wellness. I felt a need to capture what I considered would be his last few months with me.
All that was needed to get Buddy back to a semblance of wellness was to change his diet and add a few vitamins to it. Sadly, tinned food doesn't have the nutrients needed to keep a dog healthy. In an effort to do my best for him, I reverted back to my Natural Nutrition studies and applied them to my dog. I studied many menus to get the best ingredients for his kind of illness, I added what I found to be a wonderful ingredient - Laminine.
I know I can't claim that a super food was responsible for the improvement in my pet, but, I can honestly say that it got him back to the dog I knew and loved.
One of the reasons I found this to be true was that I ran out of Laminine for a two week period (that's like 2 months in my dog's life span). During that specific time Buddy's health went downhill again. Rapidly.
As soon as I began mixing the two capsules into his food again, he improved, remarkably quickly.
What's in it? And is really able to do what it says on the can? All I can say is do your own research, read about it for yourself and make up your own mind.
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Kaye Bewley MA, is a psychotherapist and author of several self-help books and is an expert in helping writers build their confidence and rid their anxiety when writing and promoting their work.