Real Food Diet vs. Processed & Preserved Foods Part 2
Ron Magill; Internationally recognized Wildlife Expert & Zoological Authority concludes his discussion regarding the best diet and healthy foods for carnivores like your pets, especially cats and dogs. He explains why commercially processed foods may not be such a good idea:
"The bottom line is this: Animals need calories to survive. They can get those calories in various ways, and various types of food. Food and water, the bottom line, are what an animal needs to live. There's a difference between quantity and quality of life. You can have an animal that is eating something... that is certainly keeping alive from day to day, and it might be... to the general person appear quite happy. (If you want to give these human emotions to animals.) But having said that, is it really as healthy as it could be? And those things sometimes are not known until it's too late; until you have an animal that starts developing a severe allergy or has a skin ailment. I mean, you hear so many times about 'oh, certain breeds of animals have these skin issues or certain breeds of animals have these hip dysplasia issues. A lot of that can be genetic, but a lot of that is also dietary. So commercially processed foods can certainly keep your dog alive, and your dog can certainly appear really happy to eat it. It may be very palatable, and something they love to eat. Whether it's the best thing for them healthwise in the long run is something that I think is debatable, and it's hard for me to think that commercially processed food is going to be better for an animal - or even as good for an animal - as a good, balanced, raw diet that is properly maintained."