There have been other red flags about pet food that should have caught pet owners’ attention also. In 2005 the presence of aflatoxin (caused by moldy corn) forced manufactures to recall products. In 1995 another pet food company pulled some 20 million dollar worth of products because of the presence of vomitoxin.
Many animal nutrition advocates have been warning for years about pet food that is mass produced can be harmful to pets and certainly is not good for them.
It is a fact that dogs and cats need certain amount of protein. It is also a fact that pet food companies have resorted to slaughterhouse waste, garbage, and restaurant grease. Don’t forget the 4D’s dead, diseased, dying and disabled animals. Of course the last fact will be denied but if you think they don’t use these; think again.
Is there any wonder why pet owners are concern about which food to feed their pets? Pet owners cannot rely on the FDA who is the regulators or the pet food industry to tell us what is wrong with the food or even fit it for that matter. One thing that is wrong that they could fix immediately is to stop using harmful ingredients. The unsuitable leftovers from “human food” are waste. Waste is waste – not good for our food and should not be good for our pet’s food either.
Rendering this waste does not kill bacteria but it does eliminate the healthy enzymes in meat products. Rendering does not get rid of chemicals like the sodium pentobarbital (which is used to euthanize animals, remember the 4 D’s).
Other factors to consider are the quality of grains used in pet food. Unless it says “whole Grain” on the label that pet food is probably missing a lot of nutritional value from those grains. Of course we all know by now or at least you should is that you don’t want the food you are using to contain; wheat whether it says whole wheat or not and especially corn of any kind no matter what.
The rendering compromises the nutritional value and high toxin exposure from grains that are from the bottom of the barrel so to speak. These grains are exposed to disinfectants, dust husks and metals. Grain such as corn is subject to contamination all by itself by a variety of mycotoxins.
One thing owners could do is to make sure they are giving their pets’ nutritional food is to learn how to read the labels on the bags of food they are using and to fully understand the meaning of the ingredient list. Which can be very deceiving to say the least?
Just like humans pets’ eating the same food day after day can get rather boring…wouldn’t you say? So you can spice up their meals too! Instead of feeding them straight kibble (which should be of high quality) try cooking for them one or two days a week. There are a lot of home cooked meals for dogs and cats you can find on the Internet.
You can also give half kibble and top it off with fruits and veggies, to their liking of course. They would really love chunks of meat or ground beef balls. Green beans and carrots are an excellent source of fiber and the meat is a very good source of protein.
The 2007 pet food scandal educated pet owners that they should be aware of what they are feeding their precious animals and to do research on what is in and who makes the food they are feeding them.