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Unlike organic pet foods, mass-produced, non-organic commercial pet foods have been 'bulked up' with cereals, grains and meats that have been rejected as unfit for human consumption.
Unfortunately, many pet owners are not aware of the source, or the composition, of the ingredients used in their animals' food; and some pets have become seriously ill from the food they've been given.
We recommend asking for a detailed and comprehensive list of ingredients from your food supplier; then take that list with you to your veterinarian and discuss the items on the list. Compare foods to find the best product available (sometimes that means making it yourself - at least then you'll know the ingredients that are going into your animal's food).
Pet Food Comparisons:
Ingredients By-Products of Human Food, and Worse
This first started in the USA in the 1930s as the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA) began cracking down on inferior foodstuffs destined for the consumer. Because of this, farmers sought an outlet for their rotting crops and diseased meat. The outlet is called 'pet food'.
In the UK, the same thing was happening at the same time - no surprise there! The production of canned pet food proved to be a winner and a new industry was born. By 1985, the market in the UK was worth £745 million, and ten years later, £1.5 billion.
These sales figures are primarily from the cat and dog food sector, with birds and other animals accounting for a fraction of the market.
Cereals used in commercial pet foods are sometimes not only infected with mold but are also indigestible. Dogs, for example, have a short and straight digestive tract that is designed for meat and protein. This is totally inadequate for carbohydrates, such as grains and cereals, which require longer, winding (to fit into the animal's body) tracts.
Pet Food Comparisons: The Impact of Commercial Pet Food
Eating these pet foods can cause damage to your pet's digestive system and associated organs, such as the kidney. This is an excerpt from Grant Segall's article on "What's wrong with a commercial pet food diet?"
"...Commercial dog food has only been around since the 1930s when cereal companies were trying to find something to do with their rejected grain (their wheat and rice and corn that failed USDA inspection), usually because of mold. They discovered that the meat industry faced the same problem. Leftover meat not fit for human consumption, usually because the livestock was diseased.
This gave birth to the idea of mixing the rejects together, calling it "pet food", and making big profits off of it. Smart advertising planted this term in the public's mind, but your dog was never intended to get his nutrition from a bag or can, especially filled with this stuff. It's not "dog food" -- it's an artificial diet created for the benefit of the grain and meat industries and the pet food corporations.
Virtually all-artificial diets are heavily based on grains and cereals. But dogs are not cows. A dog has a short straight digestive tract meant to digest meat and protein. Grains and cereals are carbohydrates that require a longer digestive tract. Think of a cow's several stomachs and its long winding digestive tract.
Even worse, many dogs are allergic to so much grain and cereal. They develop chronic digestive problems, or itchy skin characterized by foot licking or face-rubbing. You might never think to associate these skin problems with the grains and cereals in your dog's artificial diet. Finally, the quality of these grains and cereals is terrible. Virtually every pet food company uses grains and cereals that cannot pass USDA inspection."
Pet Food Comparisons: Pet Food Review
Often when a pet food review looks at the nutritional value of pet foods, the reviewers (of the pet food comparisons) are looking at similar commercial-type products. It is rare to find reviews of commercial product to organic product; if necessary, do your own review or comparison of the ingredients in your pet's food.
Another problem with commercial pet food is the allergen aspect of Corn. Corn is regularly used as part of the commercial pet food mix. The trouble is, corn triggers allergies. Have you noticed how dogs (and less frequently cats) often scratch and lick themselves for long periods of time - sometimes frantically?
Change their diet, and you'll likely see a change in your pet's health!
In recent years, legislation has been introduced to stop materials that have been rejected for human consumption being used in animal feeds and pet foods. Even assuming that all manufacturers adhere to this all of the time, we still have the problems of digestive damage, allergies and chemical poisoning.
Pet Food Comparisons: By-Products in Commercial Pet Food
These can be lethal. So lethal that in the UK in the 1980s, pet food manufacturers stopped (gradually and with some reluctance) using one of its main ingredients - bovine (cow) meat and bone meal and other materials. This followed the emergence of BSE or Mad Cows Disease and variant CJD disease. The BSE inquiry reports are now archived but you can read about the full United Kingdom government inquiry into BSE and how it relates to pet foods.
For a spine-tingling list of what by-products in pet food consist of, read on;
- Chicken by-products include head, feet, entrails, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, stomach, bones, blood, intestines, and other parts of the carcass not fit for human consumption...Meat meal can contain the boiled down flesh of animals we consider unacceptable for consumption. This can include zoo animals, road kill, and 4-D (dead, diseased, disabled, dying) livestock. Most shockingly, this also can include dogs and cats.
Click on the secrets of pet food revealed for a full report on the so called 'meat' by-products that go into pet food.
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Chemical Preservatives in Commercial Pet Food
Chemical preservatives are used to save manufacturers money, by extending shelf-life for anything up to 2 years. The worst of these are BHT, BHA and Ethoxyquin. The first two are carcinogens (cancer causing) and the third has been used as a rubber stabiliser! Liver and kidney damage can occur in pets being fed this diet.
There are many other toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of pet foods, as well as artificial colourings and sweeteners. Just as there is junk food for humans, there is junk food for pets. Please understand that there can be serious health consequences for your pets if you feed them 'junk pet food'.
Our pets may be dying prematurely. It is believed by some biologists that our beloved pets are genetically designed to live twice as long as they are living. How horrible to think that we are feeding them the product that robs them of half their possible lifespan.
If you are unwilling to switch to organic pet food, then at least make sure you are buying the better quality, natural foods that the more ethical manufacturers are producing. Keep away from the cheap and nasty brands. Do pet food comparisons and look for the best quality organic pet food (often the better priced organic brands are those that are produced closer to home).
Your pet will be healthier if fed organic pet foods; commercial pet foods may harm your pet. When you buy your pet's food, conduct pet food comparisons of the ingredients in the foods (by law in most countries, the ingredients must be listed). If you are concerned about your pet's health and well-being, also look for organic pet supplies at your organic pet stores, for a healthier, happier pet.
|Note: If you buy organic pet food or make your own organic homemade pet food, remember it will have a shorter 'shelf life' because it will not have the fillers and preservatives in the food.
You must ensure that you store the food for shorter periods of time (dry food for about one month; fresh cooked food up to 3 days in the fridge) in good quality, natural pet food containers. For example, you can find natural, untreated wood, dog food containers online.
Organic Pet Supplies and Your Pet's Health
What your pet eats does have an affect on its health. You can minimize or eliminate issues such as food allergies, digestion problems, bad breath and oral/dental issues, arthritis, muscle and joint problems, and more.
Feed your dog a healthy organic diet that is chemical-free, additive-free, and that contains the right mix of protein and vegetables; and even with organic foods do pet food comparisons between manufacturers to see what best fits your pet's nutritional needs.
If your dog or cat has arthritis or other muscle and joint aches and pains, do consider using a natural, holistic remedy called PetAlive Muscle & Joint Support Formula. It is an FDA-approved remedy to treat symptoms, relieve pain and reduce stiffness of arthritis, rheumatism and degenerative joint disease in your pet.
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