So what is in the food that your dog and cat eat?
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: So what is in the food that your dog and cat eat?
So what is in the food that your dog and cat eat?
Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need.
These are the images pet food manufacturers promulgate through the media and advertising. This is what the $11 billion per year U.S. pet food industry wants consumers to believe they are buying when they purchase their products.
What most consumers don?????t know is that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides a market for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered ???œunfit for human consumption,???? and similar waste products to be turned into profit. This waste includes intestines, udders, esophagi, and possibly diseased and cancerous animal parts.
Three of the five major pet food companies in the United States are subsidiaries of major multinational companies: Nestl?? (Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Mighty Dog, and Ralston Purina products such as Dog Chow, ProPlan, and Purina One), Heinz (9 Lives, Amore, Gravy Train, Kibbles-n-Bits, Nature?????s Recipe), Colgate-Palmolive (Hill?????s Science Diet Pet Food).
Other leading companies include Procter & Gamble (Eukanuba and Iams), Mars (Kal Kan, Mealtime, Pedigree, Sheba, Waltham?????s), and Nutro. From a business standpoint, multinational companies owning pet food manufacturing companies is an ideal relationship.
The multinationals have increased bulk-purchasing power; those that make human food products have a captive market in which to capitalize on their waste products, and pet food divisions have a more reliable capital base and, in many cases, a convenient source of ingredients.
To make pet food nutritious, pet food manufacturers must ???œfortify???? it with vitamins and minerals.
Because the ingredients they are using are not wholesome, their quality may be extremely variable, and the harsh manufacturing practices destroy many of the nutrients the food had to begin with.
Additives in Processed Pet Foods
Flour treating agents
Oxidizing and reducing agents
pH control agents
Surface active agents
Surface finishing agents
Commercially manufactured or rendered meat meals and by-product meals are frequently highly contaminated with bacteria because their source is not always slaughtered animals.
Animals that have died because of disease, injury, or natural causes are a source of meat for meat meal.
The dead animal might not be rendered until days after its death.
Therefore the carcass is often contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli.
Dangerous E. Coli bacteria are estimated to contaminate more than 50% of meat meals.
While the cooking process may kill bacteria, it does not eliminate the endotoxins some bacteria produce during their growth and are released when they die.
These toxins can cause sickness and disease.
Pet food manufacturers do not test their products for endotoxins.
Mycotoxins ????? These toxins comes from mold or fungi, such as vomitoxin in the Nature?????s Recipe case, and aflatoxin in Doane?????s food.
Poor farming practices and improper drying and storage of crops can cause mold growth.
Ingredients that are most likely to be contaminated with mycotoxins are grains such as wheat and corn, cottonseed meal, peanut meal, and fish meal.
Cereal grains are the primary ingredients in most commercial pet foods.
Many people select one pet food and feed it to their dogs and cats for a prolonged period of time.
Therefore, companion dogs and cats eat a primarily carbohydrate diet with little variety.
Today, the diets of cats and dogs are a far cry from the primarily protein diets with a lot of variety that their ancestors ate.
The Health Problems…
The problems associated with a commercial diet are seen every day.
Chronic digestive problems, such as chronic vomiting, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease are among the most frequent illnesses treated.
These are often the result of an allergy or intolerance to pet food ingredients.
Dry commercial pet food is often contaminated with bacteria, which may or may not cause problems.
Feeding recommendations or instructions on the packaging are sometimes inflated so that the consumer will end up purchasing more food.
However, Procter & Gamble allegedly took the opposite tack with its Iams and Eukanuba lines, reducing the feeding amounts in order to claim that its foods were less expensive to feed.
Urinary tract disease is directly related to diet in both cats and dogs.
History has shown that commercial pet food products can cause disease.
An often-fatal heart disease in cats and some dogs is now known to be caused by a deficiency of the amino acid taurine.
Blindness is another symptom of taurine deficiency.
This deficiency was due to inadequate amounts of taurine in cat food formulas, which itself occurred because of decreased amounts of animal proteins and increased reliance on carbohydrates.
There is also evidence that hyperthyroidism in cats may be related to excess iodine in commercial pet food diets.
The diets composed primarily of low quality cereals and rendered meat meals are not as nutritious or safe as you should expect for your cat or dog.
So what do you do?
If you are feeding a commercial pet food- select a quality one at a Premium Pet Supply Store..The Natura Line of Food is great.
Begin to supplement your pet’s diet with fresh food.
Consider adding Raw Food as a portion of the diet. Pre-packaged Frozen Raw is a great and easy way to start.
Be an informed pet owner..check out my book at http://www.veterinarysecretsrevealed.com
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Dr Andrew Jones
Copyright 2006 Veterinary Secrets Revealed