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The True Costs of Pet Food
Investing in Your Pet's Future
"My pets are healthy already!"

"We can't afford these natural foods - they're much too expensive."

These are only a couple of reasons someone might offer in response to the claim that giving your pets high quality, specially formulated, "natural" pet food is the best thing you can do for your cat or dog. You might have been thinking of some of these yourself. But stop for a moment and ask yourself this: Is it really too expensive for you to buy natural pet food? The costs for not doing it could be greater than you realize.

Suppose your dog or cat becomes chronically ill as a result of poor diet. It might not happen today. It might not happen in a month or a year - in fact, of course, it might never happen at all. But what if it does happen? Over the years, feeding your pets "off-the-shelf" brand foods, which may include chemical preservatives, additives, and other questionable ingredients, could produce (or at least aggravate) harmful ailments that take years to appear. Also, consider the "low digestibility" fillers many popular brand foods use, like wheat and soy. These ingredients do little for your pet nutritionally except take up space better filled by something more useful to your pet's health. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

When you see your pets suffering and there doesn't seem to be an obvious injury or cause, you might have little choice but to take them to the veterinarian. Lacking any easily diagnosable symptoms, the vet might in turn have little choice but to issue a series of blood tests, stool samples, x-rays, and other invasive physical examinations.

If your vet can't identify an obvious cause (such as an infection or known sickness), your pet might be placed on a series of long term treatments - including pills, liquids, salves, and (ironically) expensive prescription food - for an unknowable length of time. (Note that many treatment methods for long-term conditions can have their own set of negative side effects.)

Many experienced veterinarians note the increasing number of cats and dogs brought into their offices lately with chronic conditions (such as allergies) - conditions that were not typically seen in the past when these healthcare specialists started practicing medicine. Looking at conditions such as itchy skin, mucousy eyes, or over-reaction to flea bites, Alfred J. Plechner, DVM observed, "It was so common I began to wonder I had missed the boat in school. I didn't remember any academic fuss - any emphasis at all - about allergies. I never had the remotest expectation I would be seeing this so frequently." (Pet Allergies, Very Healthy Enterprises; June 1985)

Are you satisfied with the dog or cat food you give your pets? Would you eat it yourself? If you are interested in what your current pet food contains, you may want to start by reading the ingredients listed on the side of the package. As you read this information, are there any items in the list that confuse (or even disturb) you? As an example, many popular pet foods contain a preservative called BHT (or sometimes BHA). Some literature suggests that these compounds might be related to liver and kidney dysfunction. Or, you may find that the cat food contains corn (or corn gluten) as one of its top ingredients. Even if you are satisfied with the pet food (your pet, after all, might seem happy to eat it), I would still suggest you learn how to read an ingredient label to ensure the product you are using is suitable for your precious pets.

Imagine your cat and dog playfully romping around, needing only a regular annual checkup to monitor their growth. Now imagine your pets again, this time looking very tired and slow and under the influence of constant medication. Which scene would you chose for your companions' futures?

Prevention is the best medicine.

Nutritious food, made with quality protein sources and without the burden of unnecessary chemicals, could save your pets' lives in the long run. Given daily as part of a total wellness lifestyle that includes exercise, proper checkups, supplements as needed, and (most importantly!) love can also save you money - by avoiding the often extremely high costs of veterinary care for a chronically sick animal. Pets are meant to offer you joy, not pain. You know the expression, "You are what you eat." Well, this is also true for your pets!

Now, do you still think that natural pet food is too expensive?

Special Note: Although every effort has been made to present healthy products and useful information to support your pets' health, the products and information contained within this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The contents of this site are not meant as a substitute for consultation with a trained veterinarian. If you are concerned about the health of your pets, you should ask your veterinarian for proper guidance suited to the specific condition of your pets. The owners of this website accept no liability for any consequences resulting from the use of products and/or information provided through this site. Please use your discretion when attending to your pets' health.
Special thanks to Fintan Darragh, Rich Bensen, Maggie, Jiji, and Mary Crissman for providing our pet pictures!
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