Your senior dog or cat’s food and label reading (you should do it!)

Are you a label reader?  For yourself… for your dog, for your cat?

The more I write about senior dogs and cats, the more I realize I approach their health the same way I approach mine.  Carefully…very, very carefully.

Yesterday I received an email from a pet supply company from which I have purchased a number of products in the past.  The ad was for a cookie for dogs that quite accurately resembled an Oreo Crème Sandwich.  They looked delicious and also came vanilla and chocolate versions!

I decided to look at the ingredients and perhaps make a purchase for my dog.  I really like how you can pull up the label online now and see what’s in the product.

They all had either partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils.  Poison!  That’s what clogs up your arteries.  Why would you eat it or give it to your pet?

Equally alarming, these cookies were loaded with sugar!   Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose…all sugar no matter how you spin it.

Did you know inflammation is the leading cause of disease?  Sugar causes inflammation which is what turns on the different disease genes in our bodies; especially if we are prone to that disease.  I know, I know, some people can smoke, eat and drink whatever they want and live to be 100.  Do you feel lucky?  Do you think your dog is lucky?

Become a label reader; question ingredients.  Look up stuff online to find out what it is you’re putting in your body and in your pet’s body.  It is very often a rude awakening.

Advertising tells us what we should be eating and feeding our pets.  Do you really think the sugar lobby is doing what is in our best interest for our good health?

If you have any question at all…follow the money, baby.

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