October is National Pet Wellness month, an educational campaign sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the perfect opportunity to spend a little time asking the questions and getting the answers about nutrition and diet for your pets. Education is key, and since it’s first year in 2004, thousands of veterinary clinics across the country participate annually.
We Americans are a nation of pet lovers, with over 50,000,000 dogs and 40,000,000 cats in our care. In 2012, it was reported that over 60% of households owned pets of some kind, and though growth in this area has leveled off, our increasing interest in the health and well-being of our pets has grown significantly. As we are all becoming more focused and knowledgeable in the importance of our own health, we also are just as concerned with the health of our pets. Annual checkups, exercise and training, and perhaps most important of all, pet food are critical for your pets health.
"There is a direct correlation between the health and wellness of a pet and what that pet is eating,” says Will Post, president of Hound and Gatos Pet Food Corporation. "Like people, the natural approach to diet is the best way to insure wellness, so when looking for the right foods for your pet, make sure you read the labels. Ask your veterinarian what foods are best for the breed of dog, a large hunting dog probably will not have the same requirements as a lap dog,” says Post.
Here are five facts you might not know about your pet food:
· Allergies and sensitivities. Pet food that contain ingredients such as corn, soy, dyes, generic liver and preservatives can led to irritable bowl syndrome and inflammatory bowl disease.
· China is the leading pet-food exporter. China supplies half of all pet foods that are imported and is not governed and held accountable like companies in the US. It is estimated that the USDA only inspects 1-2% of the pet foods that are imported, which may contain heavy metals, pesticides and toxins.
· Urinary Tract Problems. Many dogs experience urinary tract problems can occur when eating dog food that doesn’t contain enough water content. Canned dog food is better, especially with a higher meat content.
· Fluoride in Water. Fluoride is added to our water and is reportedly ineffective. Recent reports, however, have found that fluoride can lead to the weakening of bones, bone less, osteosarcoma and even cognitive damage. To avoid this, use distilled water or installing a reverse osmosis system.
· Obesity. Obesity is one of the most common health problems in dogs and cats. To avoid obesity, try feeding your pet a diet without carbohydrates such as corn and wheat, which are fattening.
"Determining that what your pet is eating is probably the most significant area of wellness, it is imperative that an owner finds the best food with the best ingredients, and avoids the by-products and fillers that have a negative impact. Soy, wheat, corn and artificial additives impact the health of your pet, as well as the digestion. Let's use National Pet Wellness month as a reminder to focus on the year round care of our pets, and help them to live longer and happier lives,” says Post. "As members of the family, they deserve no less."
Hound & Gatos Paleolithic pet food is now available at Lunds & Byerly’s Grocery Store at:
3455 Vicksburg Ln, Plymouth, Minnesota
1151 Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata, Minnesota
2510 West Division St, St. Cloud, Minnesota
12880 Elm Creek Blvd, Maple Grove, Minnesota