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7 Common Problems with All Types of Kibble

7 Common Problems with All Types of Kibble

Are you loyal to a brand of kibble because you believe it is best for your pet’s health?

Do you really understand the impacts of their ingredients and manufacturing processes?

Regardless of the type of kibble; quality of ingredients used, price-point, marketing efforts, and recommendations from pet professionals, ALL forms of kibble suffer from these shortcomings.

1. High Amounts of Starch (Sugar)

Dogs and cats are meat-eaters and their natural diet is high protein and moisture, not carbohydrates. Dry kibble is loaded with carbs and starchy vegetables or grains which are very cheap but lead to health problems like obesity, high blood sugar, pancreatic stress, urinary crystals, plaque, and tartar… and the list goes on!

Learn more about the Carbohydrate Problem in pet foods here.

2. How it’s Made: Extrusion

Extrusion is a manufacturing process that alters the physical and chemical components of pet food. It is a process that has been used by the pet food industry for over 50 years. About 95 percent of dry pet diets are manufactured using the extrusion process. Batches of pet food ingredients are mixed and heated under high pressure, forced through a desired shape of the extruder machine.

As a result, your pet’s body doesn’t recognize the abnormal shape or chemical components of their proteins and their antibodies try to fight back. The result can be inflammation, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, and asthma in your pet.

3. Oxidized Fats (Rancid Fats)

Pet food companies add antioxidants to slow down the process of oxidation. When a food bag is opened and exposed to oxygen, over time the antioxidants are used up (oxidized) and the fats, start turning rancid. Pet nutritionists advise against using a bag of kibble after two weeks due to this reason. Furthermore, the process of Oxidation is quickened if the bag is stored in warm, humid temperatures, which are common in UAE homes. Studies show that frequent consumption of oxidized fats may cause cancer and contribute to many chronic health problems.

4. Degradation of all micronutrients

Long-term storage in warehouses and retail stores further depletes micronutrient content. This problem is worsened if you buy your kibble in big bulky bags and food is exposed to oxygen and/or heat for a longer duration.

5. Molds and Mycotoxins – yuck!

Storing open bags of kibble for up to a month or more in warm, humid environments promote the growth of moulds. This applies to most kitchens areas and is worse if you store the bag in plastic food containers. The long-term consumption of the mould’s waste products (mycotoxins) is suggested to cause cancer and other health problems in humans and animals. Dogs are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of these toxins.

6. Dehydration in our pet’s bodies

Dry food is dry and is not part of your pet’s natural diet. It forces your pet’s body to extract moisture from vital organs in order to digest their food. Dogs and especially cats that eat dry diets are dehydrated which can contribute to many serious health issues; urinary crystals and stones, bladder infections, FLUTD, constipation, and kidney disease. A dry food diet is even more problematic in hot and humid countries like the UAE where it’s especially important to keep hydrated.

Read about your pet’s natural diet, their Ancestral Diet.

7. Poor Oral Health

Dry crunchy kibble promotes tartar, plaque, build up and tooth decay. The idea that kibble cleans teeth is absolutely false! In order to make the ingredients of kibble bind together and form a pellet-like shape, it requires a large amount of starch (carbohydrates and/or grains). Our pets do not produce the same digestive enzymes as humans to break down starch in their mouths and as a result, it results in the accumulation of tartar, plaque, and potentially other oral or health problems.

Dry, heavily processed pet food is far from ideal.

Proper nutrition is vital to good health. In nature, living foods truly nourish both people and animals. If your animals are to thrive, they need the live enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants, unadulterated amino acids, balanced fats, vitamins, and minerals that only fresh food can provide. Proper moisture levels, variety, and appropriate storage techniques are all important to ensure your pet is consuming food that going to nourish their health.

Fresh, balanced, species-appropriate foods are much better!

Furchild Meals for Dogs and Cats has none of the points of concern outlined above. Our products are raw, fresh, unprocessed, balanced fresh fats, and nutrient-rich. Furchild provides your pet with a holistic balanced diet that is as close to nature as possible.

While your dog or cat may live a long life on dry kibble, why not choose an optimally healthy life for your pet? Feed to thrive, not survive.

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Dec 2019

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