Let us talk about Organic kibble pet food. Sold everywhere, read about everywhere, and discussed everywhere. Fact of the matter is that the Organic word is used everywhere, even on food labels for our non-human friends. Since 2020, Organic agriculture and revenues have surpassed worldwide global sales of $221 Billion. This makes it one of the largest industries on the planet.
We will explore the pros and cons, as well as the importance of feeding organic home cooked food to your pet. I will share with you, from my own personal experience, what I have learned over many years of feeding it to my pets. Read on…
The Best Diet that Benefits Pets is one that fulfills all their Nutritional Dietary Requirements.
The greatest benefit from a dietary change is one that eliminates the toxic Pet store kibble and replaced with home cooked foods. Studies suggest that pets fed a homemade diet show improved energy, have cleaner coats, improved stools, better breath, and have fewer symptoms of chronic disease. In addition, the animals lived longer, healthier lives.
Organic or Home cooked, Pet Food must be safe to eat.
Whether you decide to feed your pet a commercial kibble or home cooked diet, you want to trust and “vet” the ingredients. There are numerous high quality commercial pet foods, and there are also numerous of questionable quality. Do your research of the Pet Food company. If you have questions, call them, and speak with a qualified representative. In addition, speak with your veterinarian. He or she will probably have recommendations based on their own experiences with home cooked, commercial Organic or Non-Organic pet food.
When preparing a home cooked meal for your pet, there is a wide variety of unhealthy and unsafe foods to avoid. Potentially toxic ingredients of special concern include chocolate, xylitol, avocado, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and macadamia nuts. For a more complete list, click here.
The above list is not exhaustive and potential health problems can arise if you are not careful about ingredients. Make sure to always be aware of which foods are safe for dogs and cats. Review the nutritional requirements specific to each species very carefully, see links below.
Click here for Nutritional requirements for cats.
Click here for Nutritional requirements for dogs.
To feed or not to feed Organ Meats?
Organ meats get a bad rap, especially the liver. The liver usually gets the blame for being a storehouse of toxins, like pesticides and other chemicals. In fact, that is not true. Toxins are mostly stored in fatty tissue, since they are mostly fat- soluble chemicals. Furthermore, the liver or kidneys process and filter these chemicals from the blood, not store them.
Organ meats are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can feed your pet. In fact, liver and kidneys contain significantly more vitamins, minerals, and other valuable nutrients than lean muscle meat. In addition to high quality protein and fat, they are plentiful sources of the vitamins A, B, D and E. They contain minerals, like copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. All of these are essential for the health of your carnivore pet.
Organic pet food ingredients right in your fridge!
If you want to feed your pet the organic foods right out of your pantry or fridge, here is a simple idea- organic raw eggs. Organic eggs are produced by free range hens who roam on the grass and peck around for bugs, and live without any antibiotics in their feed. The organic egg yolks are deep yellow, almost orange, and full of beta carotene. In addition, the yolks remain tight and solid when cracked.
Adding organic eggs to your pet’s diet, especially in raw form, is quite simple and convenient.
Click here for a comprehensive list of “human” foods you can safely feed your pet.
Organic Brown Rice, is that ok in my pet’s food?
Here is an example of a generic organic dog food. I excerpted the ingredients list until it reached Chicken Liver:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Oats, Organic Barley, Organic Peas, Organic Soybean Meal, Organic Sorghum, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Millet, Organic Rice, Chicken Fat (Naturally Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols [a Source of Vitamin E]), Organic Flax Seed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Organic Carrots, Chicken Liver….
The first two ingredients in the example above, Chicken and Chicken Meal, are not organic. However, they make up most of the bulk in the pet food. The next eight ingredients are organic. These grains are carbohydrate rich, which is not considered an essential macronutrient for carnivores, like dogs and cats. This product is misleading, and not 100% organic.
Organically Raised Animals Pose Less Risk to Bacterial Resistance.
The best way that consumers can combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is to consume organic foods. Antibiotics are widely administered to traditional livestock raised for food consumption. Of particular concern is not only the use of antibiotics to treat infections or prevent diseases, but the use of hormones to simply increase the growth and feed efficiency of the animals being raised. This practice has been greatly implicated as a direct contributor to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Organically raised livestock for meat and eggs do not add to this burden.
Organic Pet food, here is a summary.
In my experience, I think eating organic food is much more important to us humans. The jury seems to still be out for our furry animal friends. However, I do believe it is of benefit to all who consume organic food, hence it also helps the planet in a much larger scale. After all, that is what environmental viability and sustainability are all about.
Sauted liver and onions with a leaf of parsley.
Platter of wheat toast topped with boiled eggs, slices of cucumber and beets, sardine and salmon strips.