Yes, i'm being facetious.... I hope that i DO think adequately before i write, most of the time.
I just wanted to drop a line about the diets of dogs. While out driving today, getting breakfast then shopping to restock the meat drawer, we drove past the place where i customarily buy Spenser's food and treats. Something made me think about a friend who has mentioned that her dog has diabetes.
DIABETES IN DOGS??? This is just plain outrageous. Of all the "diseases of civilization," doggie diabetes is just something that generally leaves me with my mouth hanging open, speechless.
Read the labels of mainstream, even high-end dogfood "products" and you'll see how it could happen. An awful lot of the chows read like the labels of breakfast cereal. One otherwise-acceptable treat had sugar as an ingredient. What kind of idiot manufacturer thinks that sugar is a reasonable additive to DOG TREATS?
A few years ago when i ditched grains (for the most part) myself, i decided that it was even more absurd for Spense to eat them as it is for me. I looked into a raw diet (which i personally believe is the optimal one), but decided that it needed to be easier for others to feed him when i'm not around, and therefore compromised on a kibble which contains some vegetables but not grains. I went to Taste of the Wild, and it has definitely been beneficial for him -- no more problems with his anal glands, cleaner teeth, less itchiness, lower body fat ... and he likes it very well. I'm pleased. Finding the ideal treat is more difficult, as availability comes and goes when i find one i really approve. I should probably just buy meat on sale and dehydrate it for him.
Really -- if you have a pet, DO think about what's in the stuff you feed him/her! Grain products are not an evolutionarily-appropriate diet for dogs or cats. And as for vegetarian diets for obligate carnivores...! [groan]