ABOUT BURNS REAL FOOD FOR DOGS
a number of years I recommended my veterinary practice clients
to avoid feeding proprietary pet foods but instead to feed
a home-made diet of brown rice, vegetables and chicken, fish
or meat sold for human consumption.
Although a number of people were able to
follow this recommendation and achieved remarkable improvements
in the health of their pets, many found that preparing food
at home for the dog was simply too daunting a task.
Now that I have a dog of my own I realise
what a burden this is and I doubt if I would be able to do
it myself. I am sure I lost many clients in this way.
I eventually decided that to manage health
through diet, food would have to be convenient and readily
available. Burns Real Food is based on the home-made diet
which I used to recommend. There are no secret or magic ingredients;
there are no added pharmacologically active supplements or
As the name implies, Burns Real Food is just
that; a simple food which is intended to allow the body to
function as it should. Burns is not intended to intervene
in order to alter the normal metabolism of the body. The aim
is to stand back and let the body get on with what it does
best; to maintain the organ systems.
This is in contrast to medicinal products
which are intended to have a direct therapeutic action.
There are many, many different chemical and physical reactions
taking place in the body at all times. Although we can influence
one or two of these by drugs, most of these reactions are
being carried out by the body itself which is always working
to be at its best - to absorb the nutrients it needs, to build
and rebuild itself, to resist infection, to eliminate waste
products and so on.
puppy or kitten instinctively knows more than the most skilled
physician how to maintain normal health, when something has
gone wrong, how to correct that and how to heal itself. This
all happens in a subconscious, instinctive way as a result
of billions of years of evolution from simple cells to complex
mammals.This is the basis of the Principles of Natural
The most important and simplest way of promoting
that process is through the choice of food. Needless to say,
we humans have to make that choice on behalf of our pets.
The main protein sources in Burns are chicken,
lamb, fish, venison and duck which are nutritious and highly
digestible. Sunflower oil and chicken oil provide essential
fatty acids and seaweed provides an organic source of minerals.
The formulae are fixed so the ingredients do not alter when
cheaper ingredients are available. This is of enormous importance
as many health problems are caused by undiagnosed
intolerance to food ingredients.
Burns products (other than high-energy foods)
are low in fat and protein and high in complex carbohydrate.
There are no chemical additives. This minimises the amount
of waste matter which the body has to eliminate. When metabolised,
carbohydrate produces less harmful toxic waste than protein
Many owners think that if their pet seems
healthy there is no need to feed a good-quality food. It is
true that some pets (and humans) seem capable of thriving
on poor quality food but this is the exception, not the rule.
Many pet owners do not recognise symptoms of incipient health
problems but accept them as normal conditions.