Here’s two stories – one from my Mom – of how a change in food can change the health of a pet. What’s your story?
Two good friends I’ve made from doing this pet food advocacy work are Nina Wolf of Animal Nature Pet Store (Pittsburgh, PA) and Kim Kalendar of Murphy’s Pet Store (Orlando, FL). Through the years of knowing these women, I been in awe of their stories. Concerned pet food consumers come in their stores with pets suffering from numerous food related issues. Their advise to their customers have resulted in dramatic changes in pets.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi – my friend, partner in Dinner Pawsible (cookbook for pets), and fellow pet food safety advocate says that “80% of the health conditions that walk in the door at her clinic can be cured with food.”
About six months ago my Mom reported her little Papillion ‘Baby’ was diagnosed with crystals in her urine (Baby is 9 years old and has eaten kibble her entire life – though quality kibble). Her veterinarian sent my Mom home with a couple of cans of prescription dog food. Mom knew I would throw a fit (and I did) so she didn’t feed the food, but called me very concerned for Baby. “I know you don’t want me to feed this food, but what should I do? She’s got crystals in her urine!”
I’m no vet, and I don’t have the day to day experience of skilled independent pet store owners – but I knew the answer to Mom’s question. Get Baby on a quality wet pet food.
(No endorsement or recommendation to any pet owner – this was only my advice to my Mom). I suggested to Mom to immediately change Baby’s food to a wet food. I offered her choices of foods I knew to be quality (and that have provided consumers their Pledge to Quality and Origin). She was a bit skeptical that a wet food could solve the problem – recanting to me ‘but the vet said…’ I pushed on and suggested let’s just try it and see if it works. Change Baby to a wet food for a week – then test her urine again. Deal? Deal. Mom changed Baby’s food over to a dehydrated food that was just as easy for her as kibble (add water, presto – wet food). Mom started changing Baby’s food that day. Two weeks later she returned to the vet – no crystals. One month later – no crystals.
But then…my Mom being my Mom…she went back to kibble. Her logic was she still had this new bag of kibble and why waste it. A couple of months later, guess what? Baby had crystals in her urine again. Lesson learned. Baby now eats 100% wet food and my Mom wonders why she didn’t do this sooner. Baby…she remains crystal free and loves her new food.
One more story. A pet owner recently shared information with me that her dog suffered seizures on commercial pet foods that contained the supplement Rosemary (Rosemary can trigger seizures in pets). Her frustration with finding a commercial pet food with no Rosemary supplement led her to preparing the dog’s food at home. Home prepared food – no seizures. That is until she tried a different variety of chicken – suddenly her pet suffered another seizure. Her investigative trail led to the poultry farmer providing the chicken Rosemary in their feed. This determined pet food consumer called numerous poultry suppliers and found chickens that were not fed Rosemary – seizures stopped. Amazing detective work.
There is no one size fits all food for all of our pets. If you have any doubt in the food you are feeding your pet, I encourage you to work with (support) an independent pet food store and a good veterinarian. Not all independent pet store owners are as experienced and skilled as Nina and Kim (mentioned above) – but many are. Not all vets understand that good food can actually heal many ailments like Dr. Cathy – but many do. Do your detective work and find those that do know how healing quality food can be.
(Note: Nina and Kim will be contributing their expertise to Petsumer Report in the near future and will be providing consultations to consumers too. More news on this soon.)
What’s your pet food true story? Please share below in comments. (Sharing your pet food story is not meant to be an advertisement for any particular pet food brand – it is preferred you do not mention the brand of pet food.)
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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