- autoimmune disease
- cognitive issues
- gastrointestinal disorders
- heart disease
- liver disease
- skin and coat disorders
- urinary tract disorders
“One day, you might wake up and find that you’re seemingly healthy dog suddenly can’t stop scratching, or that he has gas and diarrhea that won’t go away, or that he suffers from reoccurring yeast infections-or, heaven forbid, that he has cancer. Or, maybe his temperament has changed, and you simply chalk up his agitated or aggressive behavior as bad or obstinate.
They are results of long-term inflammation triggered by a combination of factors that are strongly influenced by environmental assaults on the epigenome. When these assaults become too much for the body to handle it finally reaches the tipping point, and a disease state appears […] many of the foods that are marketed to nourish our dogs actually wreak havoc on them from the inside out, resulting in rampant obesity and chronic disease (Dodds, 2024; Dodds,2024a).” – Canine NutriGenomics
Where does all this inflammation come from you may ask? Well, one massive component is your pet’s diet! To be more specific, aside from high glycemic foods, the type of meat you are feeding your pet plays a massive role as well.
GRASS-FED VS GRAIN-FED/GRASS-FINISHED
“That lovely image of a herd of cattle happily munching away and contentedly chewing their cud is mostly a figment of your imagination. Over the last 70 years, the beef industry has evolved into an intense, industrial enterprise designed to put as much weight on animals as fast as possible and get the resulting meat to market as quickly as possible.
To do that, beef cattle, are fed grain – lots of grain – to bring them up to the target weight for slaughter. Since it takes as much as 7 pounds of grain (corn, barley, soybeans, and other grain) to develop a pound of meat and those cattle gain about 3 pounds a day, that’s a lot of feed!
Omega-3 fatty acids are fats that are essential to human health. Sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass is omega-3, which is formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves. Grass-fed cattle can contain as much as two-to-four times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed animals.
At the same time, a high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids has been linked with an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, allergies, depression, obesity, and autoimmune disorders.
A ratio of four to one or lower is considered ideal, Grain-fed beef has a much higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids than wild game or grass-fed beef. In grass-fed beef the ratio is approximately 2 to 1, while the ratio in grain-fed beef is more than 14 to 1.” – Eat Local Grown
SO WHY IS TOO MUCH OMEGA-6 A PROBLEM?
Because omega-6 is “pro-inflammatory”, meaning too much or an unhealthy balance causes inflammation in you and your pet!
Studies show a high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids have been linked with an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, allergies, depression, obesity, and autoimmune disorders.
So now you know.
“An educated, informed and well-researched community of pet owners can only put more pressure on the pet food industry to be better! When pet owners know better, they will only do better!”