About Dog Food.
For so long, Pet owners, Dogs in particular, had visions of a plump chicken, chioce cuts of red meats, the best fresh vegies, and fresh nutritious implanted on our minds. <br>The healthy dog image and an array of healthy products displayed on the face of the product, gives the consumer the impression of the contents! NOT SO!
The Pet Food industry is an extention of the Human Food industry – the Agriculture industry. This provides an outlet for Slaughterhouse Waste and Grains, to be used to produce the pet foods.
Slaughterhouse Waste is commonly known as by-products, and the Grains are often already pre processed – oil and starch removed – only husks remain; or are deemed Unfit for human consumption. By- products (or waste), include “other parts” from meat, poultry and fish. This use is acknowledged by The Pet Food Institute, as an important source of income to American farmers and processors .
Four of the five main Pet Food producers in the US are subsidaries of major multinationals; which means that the multi nationals have a ready market for their waste products, while the Pet Food arms have a ready access to a store of various products, from which to make their Pet Food.
Although there are hundreds of pet foods offered, many are just about the same as each other, using the same methods and ingredients for production. Having said this, I acknowledge that not all Pet food companies deal in such a substandard way, nor use ingredients that are potentially dangerous.
Many of the by-products that are used to provide the “protein” of pet food, can be considered indigestable, and are a questionable source of any form of nutrition.
Professors from the Dept of Molecular Biosciences, University of California’s Veterinary School of Medicine, have claimed the inadequacy of the nutrients provided, with this statement :- “There is virtually no information on the bio availability of nutrients for companion animals in many of the common dietary ingredients used in pet foods. These ingredients are generally by-products of the meat, poultry and fishing industries, with the potential for a wide variation in nutrient composition. Claims of nutritional adequacy of pet foods based on the current Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient allowances (‘profiles’) do not give assurances of nutritional adequacy and will not until ingredients are analyzed and bio-availability values are incorporated”
An important factor to be considered is that the cooking and rendering methods that manufacturers use, is inadequate to destroy many of the hormones used in the fattening of livestock, or medications used to euthanize dogs and cats, whose bodies are claimed to be also used in this way.
Some veterinarians have claimed that feeding slaughterhouse wastes to animals increases their chances of getting degenerative diseases and cancer as they age.