What Are Biologically Appropriate Pet Foods?
What is biologically appropriate pet food? It is pet food formulated to mirror ancestral diets of dogs and cats and feature regional meats rich in quality and freshness. Over 50% of pet food blends should include quality meat proteins sourced from local farmers and suppliers.
Dogs and cats are by definition carnivores (meat eaters). Dogs and cats actively seek meat for nourishment and this fundamental dietary necessity must be duplicated in their modern diets. Diets rich in real meats, fruits, vegetables and vitamins and minerals all help to maintain optimal quality of life in our pets.
There are key anatomical features which can illustrate this.
Their big mouths are suited for handling a large amount of meat, which they can rip though with their sharp teeth. They do not grind their food, which is indicative for grain based diets. There is very little chewing of food and breaking it down into smaller sizes, rather is it usually swallowed whole and then digested. The oral cavity does not contain amylase (digestive enzyme), which assists in digesting carbohydrates. Again, the emphasis for digestion in pets is the breakdown of proteins and meats.
Another indication of dietary needs of pets is illustrated in the digestive tract, suggesting carnivorous diets in dogs and cats are normal. They have been shown to have shorter small intestines and more acidic stomachs (approximately pH 1).
Unfortunately, many of the highly processed pet foods on the market today, contain large amounts of grains, cheap fillers, artificial colours and flavours, and only a small amount of meat. Some pet food companies use cheap ingredients as fillers leading to serious health conditions.
Vetalogica Naturals Pet Foods are natural, grain free and biologically appropriate. They have been approved by The Biologically Appropriate Pet Food Association.