Tuesday, September 16, 2008

100% Complete and balanced disaster

Thousands of cats die each year with dilated cardiomyopathy. Cause: Unknown. A study showed low plasma taurine concentrations associated with echocardiographic evidence of myocardinal failure were observed in 21 cats fed commercial “100% complete and balanced cat food. Another test showed the same problem when performed on 37 cats. The findings concluded that the findings ‘definitely were related to the diet and as such could have been prevented.
A dog food test by chemical analysis and the AAFCO growth trial showed the dogs observed and fed a commercial “100% balanced and complete dog formula” had a lower growth rate and food efficiency as well as suboptimal PCV and hemoglobin values during the growth trial. Puppies fed the same diet also had clinical signs typical of zinc and copper deficiencies.

Cats diagnosed with chronic renal disease were reported as being fed “100% complete & balanced processed food” since they were kittens.

Potassium depletion led to generalized weakness of acute onset, apparent muscular pain and persistent ventroflexion of the neck in cats after they had exclusively been fed “100% complete and balanced commercial diets”.

The Journal of Nutrition recommends chloride requirements for cats substantially nearly 50%, than the current AAFCO allowance, which is used to manufacture complete & balanced cat food.

AAFCO feeding trials do not support animals over the long term. They are used as guideline to manufacture complete & balanced diets.

I assume by now you got the message, it’s all about 100% complete and balanced commercial pet foods. All statements quoted here are coming from The Veterinary Forum, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary clincs, University of PA School of Veterinary Medicine, The Journal of Nutrition, The Feline Practice, The United States Patent Office and more what I would call “Sources qualified to report on the subject”,
Other statements include:
Riboflavin requirements of adult dogs are higher than currently used estimates.
Nutritional deficiencies of carnitine in dogs and taurine in cats and nutritional excess of calories and sodium have emerged as important considerations in cardiology. However, it has also been said by experts that we currently do not have complete information on requirements for essential nutrients.
Heart failures observed in dogs.
Most pets are kept chronically deficient in L-carnitine.
It is important that animals are being fed optimal rather than minimal diets.
The Veterinary Business says: “It is important to emphasize that the calculations made in the formulation of a diet make a number of arbitrary assumptions and the potential for significant error is high.”
The list is never ending. Let me close out with this: All I see being 100% complete is “disaster” and there is definitely something 100% complete “out of balance” I enjoy reading and would like to thank Dr. R.L. Wysong for his book “The Truth about Pet Foods” and for collecting all this sobering and eye opening, scientifically proven and documented information and making it easily accessible to the public. Whereby I see the public as being responsible pet owners and members of this blog simply no longer falling for marketing claims and pet food myths. I hope one day soon we all are on the same page.

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