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  • Feb
Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition

Dog nutrition

Adam Henson on Countryfile the other night interviewed a dog trainer (whose name I missed) about dog nutrition.  I didn’t agree with everything which was said but it was still a welcome change from the nonsense broadcast in the film “The Truth about Pet Food” on Channel 5 recently. 

On that note, my comments which appeared here about said film, were quoted in full in the  trade journal Pet Business World.

I see a pet food company is making some new and interesting claims about pet nutrition.

What about this for a justification about why raw meat is best?

“… the next reason why raw really is best! The moisture content of the food enables the dog’s digestive system to take in lots of Enzymes with his food.Enzymes cannot withstand cooking temperatures and so really only optimally survive in a raw diet. They are naturally part of foods and ingeniously provided by nature to ensure the animal eating the foods has the best chance of digesting the nutrients from the food easily, or at all in some cases!”

This is surely a first:  one animal is “ingeniously provided by nature” so that it can be easily digested when it is eaten by another animal.  Throughout nature, animals and even plants, evolve to minimise the likelihood of being defenceless prey, not to be easy on the digestive system of the predator.

As we all ought to know, effective digestion relies on the digestive enzymes produced by the animal’s own digestive system.

Here’s another:

“… with a raw diet the correct, non heated fatty acids are available for a dog to convert into the anti-inflammatory hormones and reduce their won inflammation in a natural way. Whilst adult dogs can metabolize their own fatty acids (unlike us people) it may well be that by adding more of them through a fresh natural diet, we add a therapeutic effect to the dog in his diet too.”

The damage to the English language is bad enough; what’s worse is the damage to the cause of scientific knowledge.Dogs can metabolise fatty acids but not allof them.  Some have to be provided in the diet and for that reason are called “essential” fatty acids.  And by the way, they are not destroyed by cooking.





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