How twisted are dogs today? It truly boggles the mind.
Consider this: Dog food companies now make dog food for deformed dogs!
No, this is not a joke. As the Royal Canin dog food company notes:
Royal Canin Pug 25 is specially designed for the breed’s brachycephalic
face, which means he finds it very difficult to pick up a flat kibble.
Instead, a cloverleaf shaped kibble is easy to pick up, with a texture which makes the dog want to crunch, providing mechanical brushing for the teeth and helping to slow down the build up of dental plaque.... The shortness of the Pug’s muzzle and fineness of coat clearly shows off the folds around his face, but this area can retain humidity and therefore encourage irritation. Pug 25 contains a patented complex of four B vitamins and an amino acid to help support the barrier function of the skin .....
Regular, gentle exercise and avoiding strong heat and intense effort are important for the Pug – maintaining muscle tone is essential, but the shortness of his nasal passages makes him prone to breathlessness. Pug 25 is based on ultradigestible (over 90%) proteins and a combination of fibres to help stimulate digestive transit and protect intestinal flora....
Think this is the only one? Think again! There's a similar food for brachycephalic cats, like Persians, which have been so wrecked by show fanciers they too have a hard time eating. As Royal Canin notes:
The Persian is known for its long, beautiful coat and brachycephalic (flat) face. Cats with flat facial characteristics use the lower side of their tongue to pick up kibbles – which is why an almond shape kibble is easier for them to eat. Additionally, the average total length of the hair on a Persian cat is 30 miles, making skin and coat health, along with hairball management, a top priority.
So let me say it simply: If a dog or cat cannot eat on its own, we need to stop breeding it and go straight to euthenasia.
We need to start a national inquiry into how and who allowed this thing to happen on a scale so large that we now have companies selling pet food for deformed and defective dogs and cats.
And we need to hit in the head with a brick anyone who defends positively selecting dogs and cats for deformities such as brachycephalicism and achondroplasia.
Enough is enough.