Commercial Pet Food Warning
the truth about what’s really in your pet’s food
Clever pet food labeling deceive the minds of many pet parents. There is an “art” to making what is defiled “appear” to look good; it’s known as Rhetoric. Rhetoric is a creative way of communication, a language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content. Trick marketing is not the way to treat a pet!
While you may think Brand A is the higher good choice in this example, looks can be deceiving.
The untold story here is that Brand B’s nutrients comes from natural contents like, meat, poultry, and fish; and brand A’s nutrition comes from things like shoe leather, oil, and even coal. So it’s not about the quantity but rather the “quality” and “source” of protein, fat, and fiber, as well as those other listed ingredients.
What good is it to have 6% protein if that six percent is not digestible? In many cases, inferior sources are used to keep product cost down and profit margin up.
Pet food labeling claims are also vague in other ways. For instance, there are no legal guidelines to define listings like Gourmet, Premium, or Human Grade. You should also know pet food labeling that list Dinner, Platter, Formula, Recipe, or Entree must contain only at least 25% of that listed ingredient. If the package claims to be “With” a specific type of meat, it is only required to have 3% – 24%. “Complete and Balanced” means, it meets AAFCO’s standards.
The guaranteed analysis list “minimums” and “maximums” but not what’s optimal.
|Ingredients used in some commercial pet food are not grown specifically for the sole purpose of the making of pet food as in the making of human food. But rather pet food has become the end by-product of what has been rejected for human consumption. Contaminated Waste!|
Soy is used to boost protein content. Most forms of soybean do not agree with a dog or cat’s digestive system.
“Poultry Meal” is a by-product which can consist of any fowl (turkey, chicken, geese, etc.) Chicken meat or chicken parts naturally hold a fair amount of water; this means less protein. “Chicken Meal” is a higher good choice because the water has been removed.
Whole Grains have become the bulk source of protein found in some commercial pet food over meat. In many cases grains like “Corn” and “Corn Gluten Meal” are being used as a mere filler; to fill up (meet) the necessary weight content for protein. Corn-based products are cheaper than meat. Wheat is yet another filler. Cats are carnivores, they must eat meat to fulfill certain physiological needs.
“Meat By-Products” as protein is everything but the meat! Animal parts become a protein source AFTER it has been rendered altogether. Meat by-products can consist of heads, brains, tongues, guts, intestines, ligaments, etc.
Another inferior ingredient is “animal fat” which is used restaurant grease, supermarket trimmings from the packaging of meats, and other oils too unfit for human consumption mixed together in fat-blenders. It is also used as a “natural flavor” enhancer that is sprayed onto the dry kibble; a taste that dogs love, otherwise the food would be unbearable to eat. Powerful antioxidants are used to stabilize the oil. Rancid, heavily preserved fats are extremely difficult to digest.
The guidelines for the listing “flavor” simply means the it must be recognizable to the pet. “Beef Flavor” does not have to contain beef, according to AAFCO’s standards.
Another inferior source of protein is “Meat and Bone Meal” which is of rendered rubbish.
render / recycle
Here is what’s being rendered for some commercial pet food: carcasses, dead-diseased-dying-disabled farm and zoo animals, road kill, gassed or euthanized dogs and cats (barrel loads); including rancid meat rejected from supermarkets.
But it doesn’t end there.
Flea collars, ID tags, plastic trash bags, insecticide patches, styrofoam trays, and shrink wrap, that are too costly and time consuming to remove, also get thrown into the pit. Many of these remnants are indigestible and provide a questionable source of nutrition.
The terms “Natural” or “Organic” can also be decieving! What has been “naturally” or “oganically” grown (like meat or vegetables) can still become defiled in its stages of growth. Mold and maggots occur (grow) “naturally” per natual cause, roadkill and animals that drop dead from disease is considered a “natural cause of death” when it comes to pet food.
The amounts of unwanted ingredients in pet food are not tested. This includes: antibiotics in livestock, euthanasia drugs (sodium pentobarbital) in pets, carbolic acid and/or creosote used as a disinfectant to denature dead animals, organophosphate from flea collars, Dursban from insecticide patches, nuclear waste, and heavy metals, to name a few.
While some manufactures claim of not adding anything harmful to their product, suppliers of the ingredients have already done that. So even if the company states they use “natural preservatives” (on their part), some ingredients have been chemically treated prior, necessary to stabilize them until they get used.
Untreated defiled ingredients contributes to furthermore unwanted things in the rendering like maggots, mold, bacteria, and fungus.
The cooking process does not always destroy the dangerous toxins produced by bacteria and fungus; and can persist even through powerful chemical antioxidants of BHA, BHT, and ethoxquin. Ethoxquin is not approved to be used as a preservative in human food, yet is approved to be used in pet food.
While the term “antioxidant” in human supplementation is to promote longevity to human lifespan; “antioxidants” in pet food is to preserve the lifespan of the food (not the pet). Antioxidants in pet food is to keep the food from oxidizing; these antioxidants may promote negative effects to the pet.
Extreme cooking conditions may also alter or destroy some nutrients; for the reason of adding vitamins and minerals. However, AAFCO standards only set minimum requirements which gives leeway to overdose.
Commercial pet food serves the initial purpose “to live”, but dogs and cats are not living in health or longevity as they could, and are suffering. A negative cause can only result in negative effects.
Much of the pet food recalls, which is still happening today, is due to Salmonella (food poisoning).
Chemical analysis does not address the digestibility or biological availability of nutrients in pet food; thus it is unreliable in determining if the food is providing adequate nutrition.
Malnutrition, toxicity, and chemically altered pet food can contribute toward a number of diseases and problems in dogs and cats.
• Chronic digestive problems
“A man who is right with God cares for his animal, but the sinful man is hard and has no pity.”
Proverbs 12:10 NLV
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3) Analysis of Toxic Trace Metals in Pet Food by SPEX CertiPrep; Jan. 2011
4) What’s Really In Pet Food report by Animal Protection Institute; 2007
5) The Dark Side of Rendering Plants by Keith Woods; fall 1990 Earth Island Journal
6) What’s Killing Our Pets? by Ann Martin; 2003
7) Food Not Fit For A Pet by Wendell Belfield DVM; 1996 Earth Island Journal