On Monday I decided to watch a new documentary on Netflix called Pet Fooled. I'm not the type of person to really watch TV or became interested in it, but when I heard about Pet Fooled, I knew I had to watch it.
Pet Fooled is a documentary on the modern pet food industry. It talks about how horrible and sickening an industry like such can be and what lies hide behind those colorful bags of kibble. It also talks about why feeding as much freeze dried and raw foods that you can afford is the best decision you can make for your pet.
Pet Fooled digs deep into the many tricks of the trade. It dives into the sly ways of marketing pet food, the false labels they use to suck you in, and the ingredients that sound totally awesome for your furry friend but are actually the very opposite.
Some companies put "100 percent real chicken" on the bag, only for that chicken to be by-products leftover from dumps, slaughterhouses, and euthanized animals. Some companies put "90% protein" on the bag, only for that protein to come from a weak source like wheat flour. They put "100% beef flavor" on the bag, and maybe this one isn't so sugarcoated. After all, flavor isn't the real thing, and if there miraculously is meat in dog foods with that label, it's likely by-products. Dogs need variety in their diet, and those companies that claim dogs are basically wolves and should only be eating meat are bogus.
A couple of the top holistic veterinary consultants of our time spoke on the show, revealing where those by-products and lies come from. The documentary also discusses the biology of the dog and cat, and how we're not feeding them species-appropriate diets. You can give plants to a snake to eat, for example, and the snake will die because they don't have a species-appropriate food available. However, domestic pets are less finicky and have evolved to eat what we give them, so they have no choice but to eat the food we offer them, no matter how bad. The food you feed your pet might not seem harmful to them now, but down the road, there will be problems.
I really thought it was powerful and down to earth that the unspoken message of Pet Fooled seems to be "why do we think it's OK to be nutritionally abusing our dogs and cats?". Just think about that for a minute. Are we always going to be feeding the furry loves of our lives super processed foods, dehydrating them with nothing but dry kibble, and giving into those fancy bags we see at the grocery store? Or are we going to try to incorporate as much raw and freeze dried foods as we can to suit our pets' diet more?
I definitely recommend the Pet Fooled documentary to anyone who has a dog or cat. I will warn you, there was a curse word in there, but besides that I really enjoyed it...or maybe I didn't. It's hard to see footage of what really goes into innocent dogs around the globe. Either way, it's a message we all need to hear sooner or later, so you might as well do something now to change the way your pet eats.