Vets and Co. are Leading You Astray

As we touched on in our discussion of veterinarians, your dogs and (particularly) cats are carnivorous animals. In other words: your pets thrive on a diet predominantly comprised of meats from prey animals. This may seem obvious to many of you, but it bears repeating given the incredible volume of “science” and “research” coming from the veterinary and pet food establishment. Articles flood the internet (often deriding pet owners who use the internet to research pet food) almost daily; touting the supposed benefits of grains, carbohydrates, fiber, breed specific foods, and all kinds of other misleading and destructive ideas.

Respecting Your Pet’s Genes

Modern science has made some pretty darn important discoveries; many of those are coming from the burgeoning field of epigenetics, or how genes are affected and interact with their environment. The basic premise of epigenetics is that your genes (and your pets' genes) are not set in stone from birth: certain factors, including environment and diet, can actually affect the expression or activation ('turning on' or 'off') of various genes.

What does this mean for you and your pets? Put simply: the way you eat and live can actually affect your genetic makeup. That’s right, when somebody tells you “it’s genetic”, your pet isn’t doomed to a life of poor health and misery. You can start changing your pet’s life (and your own) today. All it takes is a different approach to the way they eat.

Forget Good Carbs and Bad; Carbs are Bad

We’ve heard all the objections: too much protein causes kidney disease; too much fat causes pancreatitis; lower protein is good for seniors; higher protein makes large breed puppies grow too fast. Frankly, it’s all nonsense.

Where does the truth lie? We hate to be repetitive, but genetics rule the day yet again. Your dogs and cats evolved to process proteins and fats from raw whole prey animals, with little to zero need for carbohydrates.

When you understand the genetic makeup of your pet, it follows that simply focusing on “natural” ingredients, or removing corn, wheat, and soy or GMO’s isn’t enough: even if you’re feeding “human grade” carbohydrate-based diets to your pet, you’re still feeding a diet that’s ultimately detrimental to their health--particularly from a long-term, chronic perspective.

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