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Dog Food Comparisons

In an article I read this morning about the ingredients in grain based, dry pet food made me think,  “Why would anybody want to feed a product to their dog that contains so much unwanted waste from the human food chain”.  Understanding the sourcing of ingredients would make an interesting topic for 60 Minutes.

The rendering industry is basically an unpublished secret of our human food industry waste chain.  The ingredients for dry products contain leftovers from the human production of chicken, lamb, cattle, and swine.  These disgusting materials, which are cooked over 250 degrees for up to an hour, produce the ingredients for a variety of major kibbled products. The lean muscle is cut off for human consumption, which leaves about 50% left over for processing at rendering facilities and then made into meat and bone meal or meat by-products.  So basically, what your pet is eating are lungs, ligaments, bones, blood and intestines. They may also contain spoiled meat from processing plants or supermarkets, road kill, dead, dying, diseased and disabled cattle (4D), rancid restaurant grease, and euthanized companion animals.  

Two dog bowls, one with raw meat and the other has cooked dog food inside

It is estimated that 50% of meat meals are contaminated with E-coli bacteria.  The rendering process destroys the e-coli bacteria, but it does not eliminate the bacterial endotoxins released when the animal dies.  Pet food manufacturers are not required to test the endotoxins. After the heated bath cools off the grease (animal fat) is skimmed off the top. The remaining animal fat is pressed and dried.  This process is how meat and bone meal are produced. Both of these products are then used as spray flavor additives and protein sources for dry pet food manufacturing.  

After I read this article, I realized the benefits of feeding our raw diet (BARF®) patties.  When I compare ingredients between dry and frozen diets, I can see why the results and benefits are wide spread between the two.  There is an old saying, “you are what you eat” and in this case, it is true. 

The ability that domesticated dogs and cats have to absorb nutrients from dry food is a beautiful example of adaptability.  We have trained a carnivore to eat like an omnivore and survive on this ingredient sourcing. Many dry food manufacturers have attempted to improve on the ingredient sources for their dry heat processed food.  These improvements have offered better ingredients that utilize more nutrients from the food sources. It is important to read the labels of allpet food to try and eliminate the sources offered from rendered sources.  

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine .

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