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In this modern day and age, a pet parent's food options for their loved ones are increasing exponentially it would seem. You can choose between kibble, cooking your pet's own meals, or raw diets. I haven't even mentioned all the treats and brands that are available on the market. Some people might find all this baffling and have a hard time choosing what they feed their pet. Others are quite adamant about their beliefs on pet food... almost to the point that it's like a religion.
My Views on Pet Food
I'll go ahead and share my thoughts on pet food, specifically for dogs and cats. I feed Shiner, my dog, kibble. It's not a very expensive kibble, but it's not a low quality brand either. I don't think there is anything wrong with feeding your dog or cat decent quality kibble. I can afford it and it's convenient for us.
I think cooking for your pet is a great idea. The only thing that makes me apprehensive when people talk about how they cook for their pet is if the pet is getting proper nutrition. Rice and chicken isn't going to give your pet a well-balanced diet. I know most people who cook for their pet do their research, but trust me - there are those people out there who don't. I don't cook for my dog at the moment because I'm not sure I could afford it. Plus, I already have a hard enough time getting motivated to cook for myself.
This one is the most controversial it seems - the raw food diet. Working in a vet clinic for several years had led me to believe that this diet was bad. I slowly became more accepting of it over the years. Now, I can accept the fact that this diet may not be so bad but I just don't think it's for me or my pets. What bugs me the most about this diet is how die-hard some of the raw diet fanatics can be.
Why is pet food so controversial?
The inspiration behind this post came from a thread in a Linkedin group that I commented on awhile back. The topic was something along the lines of "What do you think of all these pet food recalls that are killing our pets?" I replied that in working for five or so years in veterinary medicine that I had never seen a pet die as a result of a pet food recall and I didn't think it was such a bad thing to feed your pet kibble. After that, I wished I hadn't commented at all.
Attacks from anti-kibble revolutionaries started pouring in. One person asked if I had ever seen a pet die from cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, or other diseases blaming them on kibble. Of course, I replied yes to this question as I've unfortunately seen numerous pets die for these reasons. But how can I quantify that these deaths were actually due to the food that they ate? I was not conducting a pet food related mortality rate study in a laboratory.
The die-hards were attacking my thoughts that kibble wasn't a death sentence. I wasn't saying that cooking or feeding raw food to your pet is a bad thing, I was just saying that kibble isn't a bad thing. I'm not trying to "hate" on other feeding methods or convert anyone to my pet food beliefs.
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Anyways, if you want to have a heated debate with someone, just mention pet food. It's a sure winner for hours of back and forth bickering. Can't we all just get along?