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How Do You Choose the Right Food?
With all the recent news about the 100 plus pet food companies recalling their products, the question is, how do you know what the right foods are? The recall is directly related to wheat gluten, rice protein and corn gluten and a food enhancer called melamine. These ingredients are imported from China and other second world countries. Often they are coated with various pesticides and melamine, known to boost the protein levels in pet foods.
So how do you decide what are safe and good foods for your pet?
Learn to read the labels... if you don't know what it is, then it's not good for your pet. There are many things like preservatives and other flavor enhancers that are known to produce problems in animals... like cancer, tumors, skin problems, allergies and more.
When reading the labels, ingredients are listed in order of the volume of percentages in the food. By-products include intestines, chicken heads, duck bills, chicken and turkey feet, feathers and bones, soy, cottonseed hulls, corn cobs, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, weeds, straw and cereal by-products.
When you see beef, chicken and poultry by-products, these are not required to include actual meat. Rendered meat includes dead, diseased and dying animals, including dogs and cats euthanized at shelters, road kill and left over carcasses from processing plants that often have tumors, cancers, drugs, flea and tick collars. Parts of animals that are not considered fit for human consumption, so why feed it to your pets?
If you see any of these in a label, think twice: Ethoxyquin (a cousin to antifreeze), BHA (butylated hydroxyamisole), and BHT (butylated hyroxytoluene), are chemical additives used as preservatives and not allowed to be used in human food. These products are known to cause carcinomas in stomach cancers and fast acting, urinary bladder and thyroid carcinogenesis and kidney carcinogesis as well as tumors of the stomach.
Avoid any foods listing meat meal, meat by-products, poultry meal, poultry by-products, fish meal, fish oil, tallow, beef fat, chicken fat, yellow grease and fatty acids. If you see these products, it means a toxic brew of dead animals, rancid kitchen grease and old frying oil.
Years ago our pets lived to 18, 20 and 22 years old. And it might just have something to do with the fact there weren't nice packaged foods sitting on shelves for our convenience. Pets were fed the same foods that we eat…and those are the healthiest foods for our pets.
Rule of thumb, if it's good for humans, it's good for pets with the exception of grapes, raisins and onions which are toxic to dogs. Of course we all know about chocolate but that's not "healthy" for anyone!
So feel free to feed your pet left over vegetables and meats. Raw marrow bones are extremely healthy for dogs... never cooked bones!
Look for human grade ingredients in the foods, it will be on the packaging and you will recognize all the ingredients. The first ingredient should be a protein of some type of all meat; lamb, chicken, beef, etc. After that you will see a list of other healthy ingredients such as various vegetables, fruits, vitamins and supplements that you recognize. Corn and wheat are fillers and offer no nutritional value.
Initially you may think these "human grade" foods are more expensive but pound for pound, they are only two to three cents more. You will feed less because more nutrients are actually be absorbed by the pet. A typical dog that gets 2 cups a day of the lesser foods might only take one to one and one-half cups of the better foods. Also, if you supplement with fresh vegetables (or canned, unsalted string beans, carrots, etc.) you will feed less as well.
Canned foods are excellent for dogs and cats. In the wild, both canines and felines obtain most of their water from their foods by eating roots, berries, and meats. So it stands to reason that using canned foods or mixing canned foods in with dry is much more appealing to your pets as well as healthier for them.
Canned foods are nothing more than the dry foods without the water removed. So whatever brand of dry you feed, try using that same brand of canned.
Just as humans like change in their diet, consider your pets as well. Changing foods every 6 to 9 months eliminates those finicky eaters, as well as reducing the chance of developing food allergies.
There are a number of excellent, human grade foods available for your pets. Read labels, ask knowledgeable people and by all means – do your own research! Your dog or cat's life depends on it!
A list of the seven worst dog foods put out by holistic group.
Natura Pet Expands Recall of California Natural, Innova, EVO and More. On March 29, 2013, Natura Pet announced it is expanding its recall of certain lots of some of its most popular dry dog and cat foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Reports of possible problems with Kirkland Dog Food:
Find out about the VeRus All Natural Holistic Pet Food "Rescue Frequent Feeder Program:
Find out more about a class action lawsuit that may affect your rights if you purchased Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature, or Karma dog or cat food products during the time period from March 20, 2005 to July 8, 2011:
Could your pet's food contain Pentobarbital (the drug used in euthanasia)? Visit this site and find out:
What exactly is in my pet's food!?!? (there are two additional links at the end of the article and the video is from 2008):
Where's the Beef? Why Your Dog Should Never Eat Another Milk-Bone or Beggin Strip, and You Should Avoid the Slim Jims:
10 Best Dog Food Brands from Dog Food Scoop:
Top Worst Dog Foods – Bad Dog Food Brands and What Ingredients You Should Never Feed Your Dog:
Why Dogs Can't Eat Chocolate (free article, but requires you to register):
PetMD's slideshow of foods your dog should never eat:
If you want help with developing a healthy diet program contact Janet Oquendo:
The American Veterinary Medical Association has something called the "AVMA Collections", which spotlights a single topic into article "collections", such as "Spay/Neuter", "Obesity in Dogs" and "Rabies":
Nature's Nibbles is now selling an acceptable ALL NATURAL alternative to Pill Pockets! Pill Buddys! Pill Buddys come in two formulas: Chicken or the allergy formula made with duck!
i-love-dogs.com is working with a veterinarian to develop the largest library of content on the web related to dog food and general dog nutrition.
Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled some of their dry dog foods, manufactured in Gaston, S.C. due to possible Salmonella Contamination.
The brands affected by this recall include: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul; Country Value; Diamond; Diamond Naturals; Premium Edge; Professional; 4Health; Taste of the Wild; Apex; Kirkland Signature/Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain; Canidae.
In addition, makers of the following brands have announced voluntary recalls of additional specific products: Wellness; Natural Balance; Canidae; Solid Gold.
...click here for more information on the recall from Diamond Pet Foods
...click here for more information on the recall from Canidae.
...click here for more information on the recall from Natural Balance.
...click here for more information on the recall from Wellness.
...click here for more information on the recall from Solid Gold.
...click here for more information on the expanded recall from Diamond Pet Foods.
Petigree announces voluntary recall of limited range of canned dog food: Click here for more information on this recall
Bravo! Raw Frozen Dog Food Recall
April 3, 2013 — Bravo! of Manchester, Connecticut has announced it is voluntarily recalling three of its raw diet frozen foods for dogs and cats because they could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
According to the company…
“…while these products tested negative for pathogens by an independent third party prior to distribution, they were run on the same day or an adjacent day to a product that tested positive for pathogens.
“The product that tested positive has been 100 percent contained and is not subject to this recall.”
What’s Being Recalled?
No other products are affected.
An important part of being a responsible advocate for your beloved furry friend means knowing exactly what kind of food and treats are going into your dog's body. To ensure the high quality of the food they are eating, it is vitally important to pick up the package and read the ingredient list carefully. As scary as it may sound, many pet owners do not pay any attention to the ingredient list on the back of their dog's food, which is a big mistake that can be detrimental to their pet's health in both the short term and long term. If you are a dog owner who cannot tell anyone what kind of food your dog is eating, or what kind of ingredients are in it, make the change to get familiar with your pet's food and be an active advocate for providing proper nutrition. When reading the ingredients on the back of your dog's food or treat packaging, you will want to see ingredients that are familiar to you. Whole food ingredients such as deboned bison, coconut flour, sweet potato, chicken heart, kale, spinach, blueberries and deboned lamb should make up all of the ingredient list, not including added vitamins and minerals. Next you will want to ensure that the company producing the food or treats is located somewhere in North America, AND sources the ingredients for their products locally. Avoid any food or treats that are not made in Canada or the United States.
April 4, 2013
EXPANDED Pet Food Recall: Innova, Evo, California Naturaland Healthwisefor potential Salmonella contamination.
Natura Pet Foods has expanded last week's pet food recall to add substantially more affected product.
Call for specifics, at 212-595-4200.