Home » News


4 March 2009 3,040 views No Comment

Last year overturned out to be the poorest in history for pet food recalls. While there is no way to be 100% destined that a pet food is not rotten or will be recalled, there are whatever red flags to countenance for when selecting your dog’s or cat’s food. Avoiding these ordinary pet food ingredients can greatly meliorate your ratio in purchase a healthy, innocuous pet food.

Judging the country or the nutritional continuance of a pet food starts by ignoring the advertising, the price of the pet food, and ignoring the front of the bag. The real signs to the country of a canid food or cat food untruth on the backwards or side of the bag or can in the ‘Ingredient Listing’. Regardless of what marketing cost (‘choice’, ‘premium’, and so on) are on the front of the bag or can of pet food, a pet owner cannot watch the quality or how innocuous the food is unless they countenance at the ingredients. With parched foods there can be 90 assorted ingredients (or more), with preserved foods there can be 50 or more assorted ingredients. But don’t panic…you don’t have to see hundreds of assorted pet food ingredients! You meet need to be alive of a some key ingredients…pet food ingredients that you do NOT want to see in a canid food or cat food (or treats).

‘Wheat Gluten’, ‘Corn Gluten’, or ‘Rice Gluten’. These threesome ingredients were the intense pupil pet food ingredients of 2007. Tainted glutens were found to be the cause of thousands of dogs and cats decent ill and dying. It is not that glutens themselves are cyanogenic to pets – these ingredients have been used in pet foods for years. The difficulty was the source or concern of the glutens – imported from countries with farther less quality standards than in the US. (The eld of glutens used in the US pet foods are from imported sources.) These imported glutens contained additional chemicals that caused crystals to modify in the kidneys of dogs and cats.

Not exclusive is it essential to refrain canid foods and cat foods (and canid and cat treats) that allow glutens because of the existence of chanceful additional chemicals, it is essential because they add no real quality nutrition to the food. Glutens are used as a stuff AND as a source of accelerator in pet food. Adult fix canid foods staleness wage a peak of 18% protein, grown fix cat foods staleness wage a peak of 26% protein. If the meat source of the pet food does not wage sufficiency protein, glutens are ofttimes additional to increase the accelerator level of the pet food. The best nutrition for your pet comes from a meat accelerator pet food not from a gluten protein. Avoid canid foods and cat foods (and treats) that allow ‘corn gluten’, ‘wheat gluten’, or ‘soy gluten’.

‘By Products’. By-products have never been the cause of a pet food recall, but they are definitely ingredients you want to refrain intake your pet. To provide you an discernment of by-products, I’d like to study this pet food fixings to pies – you know, the dessert! How many assorted types of pies you can conceive of? There are apple pies, redness pies, drink pies, meringue pies, meat pies, dirt pies, pie in math, kine pies (yuck!) – I conceive you get my point. Now envisage if you purchased yourself a embattled pasta party at the mart and you looked at the ingredients and you see ‘pie’ traded as the prototypal fixings in your dinner. Hmmm, pie in pasta – what category of pie? You wouldn’t know if it was apple pie or dirt pie or even kine pie. All you would know is that your party contained ‘pie’. Considering ‘pie’ could be anything from apple pie to kine pie – my surmisal is that you wouldn’t be having pasta for dinner. Same thing with by-products in pet food.

AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials – the methodicalness answerable for all birdlike verify manufacturing rules and regulations) defines by-products as “meat by-products is the non-rendered, clean parts, another than meat, derivative from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not restricted to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, part defatted low temperature greasy tissue, and stomachs and intestines free of their contents. It does not allow hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs. It shall be fit for use in birdlike food. If it bears name descriptive of its kind, it staleness equal thereto.”

So, with attitude to pet food – a by-product is a catch-all fixings name. All mitt over meat materials from the human food business are clumped into one fixings name – by-product. There is NO quality of what you are intake – one collection of pet food strength be more gut by-products patch the incoming collection of pet food strength be more liver or pearl by-products. There is NO way of lettered what is actually contained in the pet food fixings by-product (the pet food manufacturers themselves couldn’t verify you exactly). Avoid canid foods and cat foods (and treats) that allow By-products of any kind…Chicken By-Products, Beef By-Products, Chicken By-Product Meal, Beef By-Product Meal, and so forth.

‘Meat Meal’, ‘Meat and Bone Meal’, or ‘Animal Digest’. These threesome ingredients are kindred to by-products. AAFCO defines Meat and Bone Meal as “the rendered creation from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any additional blood, hair, hoof, horn, conceal trimmings, manure, breadbasket and tummy contents, eliminate in such amounts as haw become unavoidably to beatific processing practices.” Again, a grownup all fixings name for the left-over parts of animals used for human food. No property to what is contained in these ingredients (all threesome of these pet food fixings definitions are similar) – no way of lettered what is actually in your pet’s food. Avoid canid foods, cat foods, and canid and cat treats that allow ‘meat meal’, ‘meat and pearl meal’, or ‘animal digest’.

‘Animal Fat’. In 2002 the bureau proven many assorted brands of canid food (cat food was not tested) for the proximity of the verify pentobarbital. Many brands of canid food proven constructive to allow the drug. Pentobarbital is the verify used to euthanize dogs, cats, cattle, and horses.

How can the verify that is used to euthanize animals be found in pet food? The respond – euthanized animals are rendered (cooked) and the end ingredients are settled in pet food. It has long been rumored that euthanized dogs and cats (from birdlike shelters and vet offices) is the major source of the barbiturate in pet food. However no one has been able to establish or contradict this gossip to date. The FDA/CVM (Center for Veterinary Management) matured investigating methods on two removed occasions to watch the species source of the drug. No results have ever been determined. The pet food manufacturers adamantly include they use rendered dogs or cats – but NO clinical grounds has ever been free to support the barbiturate is from euthanized kine and horses in pet food as they claim.

However, the one thing the FDA/CVM has observed finished their investigating is the pet food fixings ‘animal fat’ is the most ordinary fixings to allow pentobarbital. In another words, if you are intake a canid food or cat food (or treats) with the fixings ‘animal fat’ in the fixings organisation – you are (more than likely) intake your pet euthanized animals. Not every collection of pet food proven that contained the fixings ‘animal fat’ has evidenced to allow barbiturate – but ground would any pet owner want to verify the chance? Avoid canid foods, cat foods, and canid and cat treats that allow the fixings ‘animal fat’.

‘BHA’, ‘BHT’, ‘TBHQ’, and ‘Ethoxyquin’. These pet food ingredients are chemical preservatives and you strength have to countenance finished the whole fixings itemize to find them. It is worth the countenance because there is plentitude of clinical grounds to associate all quaternary of these chemical preservatives with cancer and tumors (simply do a Google see on any one of these chemicals). All quaternary of these chemical preservatives are rarely used to preserves human food and if so, are used in quantities farther less than what is allowed in pet food. Avoid any canid food, cat food, or canid and cat impact that contains ‘BHA’, ‘BHT’, ‘TBHQ’, and ‘Ethoxyquin’ on the label.

‘Corn’, ‘Wheat’, ‘Soy’. While there is no technological grounds that proves these ingredients are chanceful to pets – they are potentially chanceful ingredients associated with recalls in the time (1995, 1999, and 2005). These grains are highly unerect to a noxious modeling (aflatoxin). It is advisable (by AAFCO) that all pet food manufacturers test grains for the mold, but as recalls of the time have proven – that doesn’t ever happen. I do not conceive these ingredients are as venturous as others mentioned above, but they are ingredients I refrain for my own pets.

There is more to selecting a genuine flourishing pet food for your canid or cat than avoiding the above mentioned ingredients. This is meet a start – supported on pet food history, AAFCO fixings definitions, science and instrument of many pet food experts including myself. There are many quality pet foods available that do NOT use the above ingredients and that add health promoting ingredients to their foods and treats. Continue to learn as such as you can most what you are intake your pet and ALWAYS read the labels!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.