The pet food industry is big business—we spend about $25 billion on it every year, with about the same caloric value as all the food eaten annually in France. Advertising has tried to convince us that our pets can’t possibly live healthy lives without a grain-free and “human grade”, meat–based diet, but a Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine study disputes that. Cats are indeed true carnivores, while dogs have been domesticated over the centuries and are well-adapted to be omnivores. In other words, dogs need some meat, but can thrive on a more earth-friendly diet that includes animal by-products and plant-based food as sources of good nutrition. If we’re in doubt as to what balance to strike, we can always talk to the vet.
–St. John’s Care of Creation Group.