Raising Healthy Pets

I was flabbergasted when I realized that four global pet food companies control most of the food our dogs and cats eat. Knowing this it now makes sense that chronic disease and pet obesity is going through the roof. Raising healthy pets is a paramount importance.

raising healthy pets

Why? Well, it must say something about the quality of ingredients these companies are serving our loved furry buddies if our pets are ill more often than before. The purpose of this article is to share steps to raise the healthiest pet you can.


Nutrition for all beings begins at the cellular level. There is now research that looks at the relationship between food and health. Although we can’t change the genes we are born with, we can modify the way genes work – and we can do this with food!

Nutrigenomics is the study of how food interacts with our cells and genes.

Unhealthy genes lead to disease including inflammatory issues, arthritis, and cancer just to name a few. When genes are healthy, they fight off disease. Knowing this –  it only makes sense to nourish our pets with the food that makes genes healthy!

Steps To Raising Healthy Pets

Step One:

If you don’t  understand the ingredients on the label, ditch the food. Check out your pet’s food label and see if you understand what your pet is eating. If you can’t – return the food. Would you eat those ingredients? The diet your pet needs is one full of real food, ingredients you can understand.

Step Two:

Chemical Additives? Skip the food. Mass-market pet foods include additives such as artificial flavors and colors, emulsifying agents, and preservatives. All these chemicals can send terrible messages to your pet’s cells which can lead to the dreaded inflammation that leads to disease.

Step Three:

Vitamin K3 can be deadly. Sounds like a good ingredient right? Wrong! Vitamin K3 is the synthetic form of vitamin K, and it’s an inexpensive rip off supplement found in our commercial food.

Why should you be concerned about vitamin K3? Well, it’s been tied to some terrible affects on your pet’s body including toxicity in liver cells, problems with blood clotting, allergic reactions, irritation of skin and eczema – just to name a few!

Hold on only two more steps!

Step Four:

Buy organic whenever possible. I realize organic food is expensive, but the reasons might be worth the cost. Organic pet foods don’t have antibiotics or growth hormones, GMOs pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, radiation or pesticides. It’s important to make healthy choices, and this guide provides research-based toxins in our food. Any change to organic is an investment in change.

Step 5

Monitor high-glycemic carbohydrates in your dog’s food, these carbs are junk food. We know that High-GI foods cause the body to create a chronic inflammatory response. Once this response is triggered, over and over again a variety of health problems occurs. A few of these health problems include arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. High GI foods often found in pet food contains corn, wheat, white rice and the dreaded sugar.

Bottom Line of Raising Healthy Pets

The bottom line is to stop and reflect –  is this food real? How is this diet affecting my pet’s cells? All foods talk to our cells and communicate with genes to promote health or create disease. We need to feed our pets at the cellular level. What does that mean? Feed pure and clean whenever possible.

I hope you enjoyed the first Five Steps of Raising Healthy Pets. I’ll be sharing the next Five Steps on Friday.

Please comment and share! Let’s get this conversation going!








27 Comments on The Way We Think About Raising Healthy Pets Is Broken

  1. Leigh
    October 9, 2016 at 7:01 PM (1 year ago)

    Thank you posting this. I too have had this kind of trouble when choosing food for my pets. There are just too many ingredients that I can’t identify in one look.

    • deb elkins
      July 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM (7 months ago)

      The same may be said for OUR foods , so if you watch your ingredients, watch your pets also!

  2. Gone to the Snow Dogs
    September 29, 2016 at 10:52 PM (1 year ago)

    It’s amazing some of the things that go into dog foods and treats now a days

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:24 AM (1 year ago)

      I guess it’s no different than our food; junk food is everywhere and it’s important to read labels!

  3. Sweet Purrfections
    September 29, 2016 at 7:19 PM (1 year ago)

    I do my best to ensure my girls are eating food that is good for them.

  4. Pawesome Cats
    September 29, 2016 at 3:31 AM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for such a valuable post – it’s so important to read labels and know exactly what you’re feeding your pets. We make our cats homemade raw with quality ingredients and only buy treat brands that we know and trust.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 29, 2016 at 4:32 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you, I just got my first order of raw food for Keira. I cant wait to transition her to it.

  5. Valerie Desmet
    September 29, 2016 at 1:33 AM (1 year ago)

    Great article Maureen – as always!!
    I feed my dogs a Swedish brand. Sweden has very strict laws regarding food. All ingredients for animal food should be approved for human consumption too! So meat from sick or dying animals is strictly forbidden! It’s also forbidden to provide meat from animals who are stuffed with antibiotics! It’s so important to check the label and research which food you buy for your dogs! They deserve nothing but the best!

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM (1 year ago)

      That is awesome! I’m assuming you live in Sweden? It’s wonderful there are strict laws being enforced.

  6. Malaika Fernandes
    September 28, 2016 at 11:41 PM (1 year ago)

    Loved the post it is important that we pay close attention to what we feed our dogs

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:26 AM (1 year ago)

      Thanks Malaika for taking the time to read it.

  7. Jeanne Melanson
    September 28, 2016 at 10:57 PM (1 year ago)

    Oh my goodness, I just love the image you’ve used at the top. Those dogs are adorable. Nice article on dog food. Some of what they sell these days is just nasty. I no longer have dogs, sadly. All ours became seniors and the last one passed away a year ago. But I do have 6 cats, and I too use soft food mixed with hard food. Thanks for such an informative post. Peace.

  8. Cathy Armato
    September 28, 2016 at 8:45 PM (1 year ago)

    I definitely believe we are what we eat. Food is closely tied to our health. I wish I could eat healthier but I’m so bad, I just can’t do without chocolate! I feed my dogs better than I feed myself ,LOL!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM (1 year ago)

      I love chocolate too! I’m trying to eat more dark chocolate so I feel like I’m indulging healthy!

  9. Beth Patterson
    September 28, 2016 at 7:57 PM (1 year ago)

    My first dogs just ate whatever was sold in the grocery store, because that’s what my parents fed them. As the pet industry has grown, the choices have improved. We still feed our dogs kibble, but I think it is much healthier than the stuff the dogs from my childhood ate. I think it is great that people make the choice to feed their dogs homemade diets (raw or cooked), but I know it takes time, energy and research to do it correctly.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM (1 year ago)

      I feed kibble to Rosa with a bit of freeze dried raw. She has a lot of allergies and stomach problems. I try to add more fruits and vegetables all the time. With new research comes the new knowledge- that’s for sure.

  10. Dolly the Doxie
    September 28, 2016 at 7:18 PM (1 year ago)

    My mom is very strict about what she feeds us, but doesn’t believe it has to be organic. Love Dolly

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM (1 year ago)

      I wish organic wasn’t so expensive! I try to buy fruits and vegetables organic and luckily we have a Sprouts close by. The prices are reasonable, otherwise it can really break the bank!

  11. Tonya Wilhelm
    September 28, 2016 at 6:50 PM (1 year ago)

    I always say it’s not peopl food, it’s real food. Most bet food manufacturers are not using real food but rendered “feed”. Meaning, decaying roadkill, chicken garbage that was on the floor of a human processing plant, stored in a large garbage bin to get moldy, infested with bugs, then taken to the rendering plant. Throw in some chemical soup, add nutrients (synthetic mostly) back in, spit out of a machine=kibble. Yum, I think not. Keep it up Rosa Doodle! We have to get the word out there.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:31 AM (1 year ago)

      I’m not sick to my stomach… 🙂 You’re description is so true! Thanks!!!

  12. Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 28, 2016 at 6:48 PM (1 year ago)

    I’m glad we have a tiny dog so we can afford to buy him the good food. He eats better than we do!

  13. Dash Kitten Crew
    September 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM (1 year ago)

    With nine cats we can’t cook for everyone but we are conscious of the fact we need good food. Dusty gets locally made raw and the others a careful selection of good food.

  14. Talent Hounds
    September 28, 2016 at 4:48 PM (1 year ago)

    We fed our previous bigger dogs a mix of medium quality kibble and homemade for 15+ years. However, with little prince Kilo the Pug he can not afford any extra crap or calories plus I am a lot more informed about what to look for in ingredients. I was surprised at some products that still have by-products and filler and grain and labelled meat etc Kilo has no known health issues and I’d like to keep it that way as long as possible and am lucky I can get him great premium food.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 30, 2016 at 10:33 AM (1 year ago)

      That’s wonderful for Kilo! It’s amazing with all the research and how informed the public is, that some food manufacturers are still making terrible products. Luckily it is changing for the best and more pets will benefit!

  15. Sherri
    September 28, 2016 at 2:38 PM (1 year ago)

    I’m not sure what high glycemic carbs are. I get my dog’s wet food from the vet. Also, the concept of organic is good, but the fact is it isn’t being monitored or regulated. I’ve read much recently about organic people food and that it’s not always really organic (just labelled such).

  16. Ruth Epstein
    September 28, 2016 at 2:04 PM (1 year ago)

    I am such a Jewish Mom and only cook for Layla, nothing store bought 🙂

  17. Hindy Pearson
    September 28, 2016 at 12:35 PM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for such an informative post. I always read labels, and I’m constantly shocked by treat packs with labels that talk about how healthy and nutritious they are, having nothing by grains and by products and more grains as the first several ingredients. The fact that there are “several” ingredients says a lot as well. I’m sure your readers will benefit from this eye opening article.


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