Sunday, March 08, 2009

What's in my pets food

Doing a little reading this evening on dog foods while trying to help a reader who had sent in a question.

I came across some very interesting articles and posts that I thought I would share with you. Be prepared that you may be totally shocked and angered by what you will read.

Shocking Pet Food Ingredients - 10 Harmful Ingredients That could Be In Your Pet's Dinner Tonight

I knew when I began to research the types of ingredients in commercial pet foods that I would probably be shocked, but it really is a lot worse than that. In many cases it is down right disgusting, not to mention harmful and unhealthy to our pets. Many foods that have been declared unfit for human consumption are trucked off to pet food companies.

Here are 10 common ingredients that could very well be in your pets dinner tonight if you are feeding them a commercial pet food product.

1) Euthanized cats and dogs (including collars, I.D. tags and flea collars, the fur is not removed)

2) Diseased animals

3) Hydrolized poultry feathers - pressure treated feathers from slaughtered poultry

4) Hydrolyzed hair - pressure treated hair from cattle, horses, pigs, and other slaughtered animals

5) Animal blood

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6) Dried poultry waste

7) Dried swine waste

8) Ground almond and peanut shells

9) Various leftover parts from slaughter houses such as lungs, spleen and brain, just to name a few

10) Stick marks - the chunk of flesh cut from an animal for human consumption that has been injected with hormones, antibiotics and other drugs

The scary thing is there is a lot more that I have not even listed. Even some commonly added vitamins and minerals have been proven harmful. Quite often the ingredient list is misleading. It's hard to know what we should feed our dogs if we can not trust what we read on the label.

Do you know what a rendering plant is? According to Ann N. Martin author of Food Pets Die For, "Renderers accept the waste and leftovers from our society. This includes animals picked up by dead stock removal companies; dead zoo animals, road kill to large to be buried at the side of the road; restaurant and grocery store garbage, including the styrofoam trays and plastic wrap; and hundreds of thousands of euthanized cats and dogs." Rendered product is quite common in pet foods. In fact the rendering facilities are often located near the pet food companies. Did you really ever expect it to be that bad? This is truly, truly disgusting.

But you know what? That's not all. In order to have an almost limitless shelf life, commercial pet food is quite heavily laden with harmful preservatives. Many of these preservatives have been banned from use in human food because they were found to be unhealthy.

A wonderful alternative to commercial pet food is making your own pet food at home. There are hundreds if not thousands of recipes for pet foods and snacks that you can make in your own kitchen. Many of these homemade pet foods can be made in bulk, frozen and stored for ease of use.

Considering all the unconditional love we receive from our pets don't we, at the very least, owe them a healthy dinner? They'll be happier, healthier and live longer. Besides we'll save all kinds of money on vet bills.

About the author: Anita Hamasaki is first and foremost a mother. She has three fabulous children to her credit. In addition to the kids, she also has a blue heeler by the name of Darwin and a beagle who goes by Bartley. Each are happy and healthy. For an outstanding recipe book for homemade pet foods, please visit

"The following list of pet food ingredients and ratings was created by a cooperative effort between pet food formulator Dr. Lisa Newman, N.D., Ph.D. (, Mike Adams ( and the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center ( Mike Adams and the CWC analyzed the ingredients of 448 popular pet food products sold in the United States and organized them by frequency." Pet Food Ingredients Revealed!

“The rendering plant floor is piled high with “raw product”… Thousands of dead dogs and cats; heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses; whole skunks; rats and raccoons… all waiting to be processed. The Shocking Truth About Commercial Dog Food

During my hundreds and hundreds of hours research in investigating dog foods I found the most remarkable things. Some of what I found was shocking and other facts were down right disgusting. For starters, the dog food industry is totally unregulated meaning that manufacturers can, and do, put whatever they want into "food". There are documented reports of animal waste products, ground up dog carcasses, non human edible grade products, and other animal wastes put into dog foods. Nutrition Pet Food Or Junk Food

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