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Stop Feeding Dog Food That Kills

It is an unfortunate fact that most of the dogs that die young in the United States and worldwide could have lved a longer and healthier life had they not ben fed commercial dog food. The recent recall of more than 60 million cans of dog food has spiked a nationwide interest in this topic which has been on the minds of dog guardians for several years.

It is nothing new to report that most commercial dog food is junk, that's the best way to describe it. Replete with fillers, chemicals and preservatives, commercial dog food has one primary function. 

It is to sell commercial dog food to unsuspecting dog owners. These well intentioned folks believe that filling the dog food bowl with their favorite brand of commercial dog food is just what their dog needs to fulfill all of her nutritional requirements.

Not so.

Most commercial dog foods are made from materials unusable or less desirable for human consumption. These may include:

Meat by-products 

Meat by-products are ground, rendered, and cleaned slaughtered meat carcass parts such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, bones, heads, and intestines (and a small amount of feathers from chicken meat. Meat by-products or animal by-products are common ingredients in commercial dog food. Meat by-products as defined by the Association Of American Feed Control Officials is

"The non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals, includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal food."

In many cases, meat by-products meals are derived from animals that arrived at the meat packing plant dead, dying, diseased or disabled.  The quality of animal meat by-products also tends to vary widely between production batches..

Meat by-products are common in both lower and higher brands of commercial dog food such as  Science Diet, including the prescription diet,  Purina, the Purina One and Purina Pro Plans, and Iams/ Eukanuba .

Ingredients listed as "meat, beef, chicken, and/or poultry by-products" on commercial dog food labels are not required to include actual meat, and "rendered meat" on labels can refer to any rendered mammal meat, including dogs and cats.

Meat-and-bone meal

Meat and bone meal is made by rendering plants. Meat and bone meal is used in animal feed to improve the amino acid content in the animal food. Meat and bone meal is thought to have been a contributing factor in mad cow disease. Meat and bone meal is no longer an approved ingredient in many countries. It is however a common ingredient in the U.S. in commercial dog food.

Meat and bone meal is now utilized in Europe as a fossil-fuel replacement, and is commonly used as a fuel in cement kilns, landfilling and in  incinerators

Grain by products

The FDA says that grain by products shall  "not... exceed 50% of the diet" for pets( dogs).

Lower grade and cheaper commercial  dog food brands will have more animal by-products and grain "fillers". The most expensive or super premium commercial dogs food brands may include ingredients appropriate for human consumption.

If this list of unsavory "ingredients " is not enough to disgust every dog guardian, your dog food may also include anticaking agents, coloring, humectants- used for plastics and solvents.

It is critical that you read and understand the ingredients in the commercial dog food that you feed your dog. What are the first listed ingredients. When any of the above suspect ingredients are listed, that is a brand to avoid at all cost. Terms such as meat by product are very deceiving. It is only by a clear understanding of what comprises the vaguley defined ingredient will you know what you are buying and what you are really feeding your dog.

 

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