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The Carbohydrate Problem: Nutritional Abuse in Dogs and Cats

The Carbohydrate Problem: Nutritional Abuse in Dogs and Cats

There are serious carbohydrate problems in dogs and cats, especially with the amount of carbs and sugar our pets our consuming with kibble, canned, and even some home-prepared diets.

And being unaware of the makeup of their pet's food, pet parents may be putting their pet’s health at risk.

Even though dogs and cats are meat-eaters, most commercial dry pet foods contain 50% (or more) grain or starch content. And it makes no sense to feed our pets 50% of a substance they don’t even need.

This nutritional abuse in dogs and cats is because corn, wheat, soy, barley, white potatoes, and more recently pea flour, lentils, garbanzo beans, etc., are used for their carbohydrate content to bind the food together, to make the pellets of kibble.

Why are Carbohydrates Used in Commercial Pet Foods?

Without these inappropriate ingredients, processed pet foods would look more like powder and lack the appeal of 'real' food.

Furthermore, carbohydrates are broken down by the body into glucose – a sugar that is known to fuel cancers, diabetes, and a host of other health disorders that plague our pets.

What’s more shocking is that this makeup applies to prescription diets as well as grain-free kibble!

Dr Karen Becker and Rodney Habib’s Take on The Carbohydrate Problem in Dogs and Cats

If your pet suffers from diabetes, cancer, obesity, allergies, yeast infections, or joint and ear problems, you will definitely want to watch this video.

Rodney Habib, a pet nutrition blogger along with Dr Karen Becker, a celebrated integrated vet, explains the surprising amount of sugar contained in conventional pet food. And it’s about to blow your mind!

Video: Planet Paws

Since your pet food manufacturer is unlikely to state how much carbohydrates (sugar) are contained in your pet's food, we recommend you do the calculation yourself.

Simply, use this equation to know the approximate carb content in any pet food diet. And when you do it, you’ll be surprised to uncover the nutritional abuse in dogs and cats.

100% - (Protein + Fat + Moisture + Ash) = % Carbohydrates

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Also, if you’d like, here’s the spill on the Shocking Truths of Kibble and Canned Pet Foods.

Kibble in a bowl and the Shocking Truths of Kibble and Canned Pet Foods

Jul 2019

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