Michael W. Fox, BVetMed, PhD, DSC, MRCVS is a member of the British Veterinary
Association and an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has doctoral degrees in ethology/animal behavior and medicine from the University of London, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1962. In 1961 he was awarded the gold medal and Fellowship of the Royal Veterinary College Medical Association for his report on the effects of poor nutrition on the health of working sheepdogs, (published in the J. Small Animal Pract., 5:183-192, 1964). Spending most of his professional life in the US as an advocate for animal health, welfare and rights under the flag of One Medicine, One Earth, he has published over 40 books and writes the syndicated newspaper column Animal Doctor.
Until relatively recent times, the role of diet and nutrition in preventing a host of diseases has been more a common sense given than a subject of scientific study. More and more health problems in humans and animals alike are being dramatically reversed or prevented by dietary changes. Over the past decade there has been a surge of research into the health benefits of certain nutrients, probiotics, prebiotics, and herbal and nutriceutical supplements.
Ironically, many of the health problems that afflict people and their pets have common root-connection with highly processed convenience foods.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Commercial pet foods that people buy are a major factor in this obesity epidemic as well as a host of other health problems that are in part due to ignorance, overfeeding, and sheer convenience. Yet once informed, many pet owners will readily even cook home-prepared, wholesome, biologically appropriate meals for their animal companions, and attest to the almost immediate benefits observed in their animals” demeanor and vitality.
This food health crisis cannot be denied any longer by those who claim to regulate agriculture, the food and beverage industries, and allow the mass poisoning of people and their pets with erroneously considered safe and nutritious basic ingredients, like corn, wheat, soy, dairy products and by-products.
There is a plethora of special prescription diets to help pets with a host of illnesses, such as allergies and digestive and urinary tract problems. But compared to simply transitioning cats and dogs onto a more biologically appropriate, whole-food diet with specific supplements and health restoring nutriceuticals as needed, these costly manufactured diets are of very limited value. Their scientific validity and medical efficacy are also questionable, especially the low-cal, high fiber weight loss formulations.
There is much more to the basic ingredients and misleading terminology on the bag and can labels of these main-stream, main-street pet foods that the public trusts, no thanks to professional dog and cat performance events and other dog and cat shows, local, national, and international, that the pet food industry helps underwrite!
It is time to change!