Dog Food Recall Spurs Low Priced Brands
5 Ways to Determine if your Dog Food
Ever since the massive recall of dog food
revealed the sinister secret of dog food manufacturers, consumers have scurried from low priced dog food brands
to more costly alternatives in an earnest attempt to save their dogs from poisoning. Now, some have returned
to buying lower priced brands.
The problem began with the discovery of
wheat gluten apparently tainted by aminopterin, a rat poison.
Later tests revealed that melamine, a
chemical used in the production of plastic spoons and products was the culprit. Some studies are suggesting that melamine may actually have
been added to the dog food on purpose in order to spike the protein levels of the dog food.
Bombarded with news reports
of kidney failure and death in dogs who had
consumed the poison dog food, consumers abandoned their traditional supermarket brands of dog food and opted
for more pricey alternatives touted as “all natural”, “”completely balanced” and other acronyms suggesting a
healthy and safe diet for dogs.
The problem is that some of these pricier,
supposedly safe dog foods have fallen to the
recall gavel as laboratory results reveal the existence of melamine in their dog food products as
This, another disaster in waiting, hit the
news wires as rice protein concentrate was discovered in previously unaffected brands, spiking further concern
among dog owners.
Sinister Secret in Dog Food
Digging into the latest contamination
problem reveals a sinister and previously secret
connection between the pricey dog food and the lower priced brands initially suspect as the purveyor of poison
That correlation is the common source
manufacturing of many dog food brands, both low priced and higher priced as well.
With a common manufacturing facility being
used to make and package the dog food of different companies it is not difficult to believe that cross
contamination could occur.
So frustrated dog owners, reeling from brand
to brand are once again looking to lower priced brands that may be safe. Sadly, this is not the answer but, “
Who can we believe?” many are asking on checkout
The answer in our estimation is this.
Believe yourself. As a dog guardian you must be suspicious of any dog food manufacturer’s claims at this
juncture. So do your own research. Our rules for determining if dog foods is safe are below,
to Determine if your Dog Food is Safe
- Check the list of recalled dog food
brands to make sure your dog food is not being recalled. In a recent news account, the head of the Center
for Veterinary Medicine, of the FDA, Dr Steven Sundlof noted that some dog food retailers still have dog
food subject to recall on store shelves.
- Read the label on any dog food product
you buy. It’s critical that you learn how to decipher the gibberish that dog food companies use with little
regulation to convince you that their ingredients are safe. The FDA can show you how to read your dog food
label at http://www.fda.gov/cvm/petlabel.htm
- Check the bag or label to make sure
they product is not expired or stamped with a date that is affected by the recall.
- If you have any question affecting your
dog’s health and the safety of any dog food contact your veterinarian before making any
My small 8 year old dog suddenly became ill
and no vet could determine the cause. She died after 2 weeks of suffering on Mother’s Day morning. Don’t let
anything happen to your best friend. Consider
making your own healthy and safe homemade dog food. You can learn more at http://www.dogs-4life.com/why-homemade-dog-food-may-save-your-dog-s-life.html
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