So, recently our puppy got pretty sick. Thankfully it wasn’t fatal and we properly treated an intestinal gastritis episode with a visit to the vet and a regimine of proper nutrition. To build the little guy up, I visited our local pet store and perused the many isles of puppy chow. As I wavered in front of each selection and spent time reading the ingredients, I felt an odd feeling. Hunger. I couldn’t believe how appetizing everything sounded. Delicous chicken, beef, fish and even bison! Non-GMO. Gluten free. I mean, when did animals go paleo? I picked up a can of all natural bone broth with tumeric and some whey protein bits and off I went. When my wife came home and saw my assortment of dog food, she was a little conflicted over the fact that I had drank some of the bone broth. Is that ok?
Look, I’m not saying I suggest you go out and eat dog food, however, I am a nutrtionist and I pay very close attention to labels…and I had to see if their bone broth tastes as good as mine.
Here’s the problem I’m conteding with. It occurs to me that we are feeding our dogs and cats better than we’re feeding our children. Most kids will eat nutrient lacking food, pumped full of preservatives, GMO’s, and dyes and we’ll call that a “happy meal”. Their little carb loaded brains and sugar surging pancreases will work tireless to keep up with the energy demands on their bodies without actually having any REAL food to compensate. The food labels tell the story. I can’t pronounce most of the words.
And then read the labels on pet food. A different story is told. A story of whole food, vitamins and minerals and antioxidents.
Isn’t this absurd? Not the we wouldn’t do well to feed Fido a healthy assortment of whole food…but that we would feed him better than our own children, or for that fact, ourselves. Perhaps it’s time to look to the pet food industry for some guidance of food value. In the end, at least we would have shinier coats and cleaner teach.