Dog food from human waste
The multi-billion dollar pet food industry is treating dogs like an enormous cash cow. Most of the best known dog food brands are owned by multinational corporations who produce the food that we humans eat. Most of the food they in turn produce and sell for dogs is made from the by-products of that human food production. It’s a win-win situation for the multinationals. It’s a lose-lose situation for our beloved dogs. Unhealthy dog food produces unhealthy dogs. Why can’t more pet parents see that?
Profit at any cost
The potential of this thirst for profit by the multinationals knows no bounds. In March 2007, the largest pet food recall in history resulted in more than 100 brands of dog food being (temporarily) removed from supermarket shelves. Involving some of the biggest names in the industry, all had been supplied with tainted products by the same Chinese supplier. Many thousands of pets, particularly in America, died as a result.
Just to be clear. That was one manufacturing plant mechanically producing food for more than 100 brands. It sounds bizarre but it’s absolutely true. Is it any wonder that when things go wrong the affects can be devastating for our beloved pets.
It sounds almost criminal doesn’t it? You think you’re buying a premium brand of food for your dog. Then you find it’s actually no different to more than a hundred other brands because they’re all made in the same place. Okay, it might be argued that each manufacturer’s recipe is different. But at the end of the day, they are all made in the same facility with the same equipment, mainly with the same inferior ingredients. You don’t need to be a canine nutritionist to see the potential for cross contamination!
That’s why I personally don’t agree with the use of ‘rendered’ meats which contain heads, feet, bones, feathers, hooves and bristles. And worse, catering waste, industrial by-products and denatured abattoir leftovers sprayed with harmful crude carbolic acid. Believe it or not, all of which are legally permitted in pet food in the UK.
Oh, and I nearly forgot. One of every dog’s mealtime favourites. Sawdust. Yes, sawdust is another legally permitted ingredient in commercial dog food!
Your dog deserves proper food
When it comes to feeding my own dogs, I buy meat that has been inspected and approved for human consumption. I buy it from the same places I buy the food that my wife and I eat. The kind of products you buy for yourself and your family from your local supermarket every week. The likes of chicken, turkey, beef mince and diced lamb. From my local farm shop I buy some of the most nutrient rich meats that people in many countries would consider delicacies. Liver, heart, tongue and kidneys, all from animals reared within a mile or two of my home.
Every ingredient I use is natural, tried, tested, and purchased from trusted UK sources. Before I feed anything to my dogs, it’s tested by me. How many manufacturers of commercial dog food can say that about their products!
If you really love your dog, you owe he or she the very best food you can provide. Healthy dog food doesn’t need to cost the earth. It just takes a little effort.
Healthy dog food produces healthy dogs. What do you think unhealthy dog food produces?