Can feeding your companion animal the right diet enhance health and affect longevity? According to a new article in Dogs Naturally Magazine, the answer is a resounding "yes!"
A study conducted in Stockholm, Sweden by Dr. Kollath showed that young animals fed a cooked, processed diet initially appeared to be healthy, but once they reached maturity, they began to rapidly age and develop degenerative disease symptoms. The control group that was raised on a raw, uncooked diet did not age as fast and showed no degenerative disease symptoms but remained healthy. Another study out of Belgium, “Relation Between the Domestic Dogs’ Well Being and Life Expectancy, a statistical essay”, utilized data gathered from more than 500 domestic dogs over a consecutive five year time period (1998-2002). The authors, Lippert and Sapy, were able to statistically show that dogs fed a homemade diet, consisting of high quality foods used from their owners’ meals versus dogs fed an industrial, commercial pet food diet had a life expectancy of 32 months longer – that’s almost 3 years!Read more about why kibble is never a good option.