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Dry food compromising pets’ health

Posted on: April 13th, 2010 by

A puppy looks at his food dish.
Laurence Colliard, a veterinary surgeon and nutritionist in Europe believes that what some people feed their pets may actually be hurting them.

“I’m seeing an increasing number of allergies, diarrhea, vomiting, skin dermatitis as well as cases of obesity,” Colliard told AFP.

Pet owners often serve their fluffy friends processed dog and cat foods because of efficiency and cost, but Colliard and others think this could be a bad idea.

“Pets, like humans, are victims of junk food,” Belgian Animal Specialist Gerard Lippert told AFP.

“Dry dog food and cat food… [is] over-heated, which destroys vitamins, trace elements and other basic nutritional elements,” he said.

The pet food industry, which was originally created in England by James Spratt, who created the first dog biscuit in 1860—has since become a booming, lucrative, international industry.

According to Yahoo.com, it’s only within the last 100 years that pet owners have been coaxed into believing that their pets’ health is reliant on packaged food.

“We don’t know the origin of the proteins in the foods,” Lippert told AFP. “And there’s an excessive amount of cereal, often genetically modified, and very little vegetables.”

“We’re turning our dogs and cats into [cattle].”

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