Many people don’t realize that their beloved pets are being fed pet food that has been manufactured in none other than China. Many pet food companies are turning a profit on the food that they produce that is not always good for our beloved four-legged friends. Isn’t it sad to discover that the more affordable pet foods are not healthy and the ones with stringent rules and regulations, manufactured right here in the good old USA are too expensive for some pet owners to purchase? What are they to do, they want to love their pets and care for them, but the products that are cheaper to afford are made of some really nasty ingredients.
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), China is the leading pet-food exporter to the United States. They supply our country’s pets with about half of all pet foods that are imported. The companies are collecting a profit – even after paying the import fees and additional tariffs. It is a wonder that they can feel good about themselves though, knowing that the products that they are bringing in here are not up to quality standards.
“Consumers want what is best for their pet, and they assume the food is safe and has been made here in this country,” explains Will Post, president of Hound & Gatos Pet Food Corporation. “What they don’t realize is that it often is not and, as such, it can pose health risks to their pets.”
Families that have pets are no longer surprised by all the pet food recalls taking place. There have even been lawsuits waged as people try to hold stores and manufacturers accountable for imported food that has harmed their pets. There are numerous reasons to consider making sure that the pet food you use was made here in America, including:
• Getting a product that is safer and reduces the possible health risks.
• Companies in America are governed and held more accountable than those in China. There is no way to know what standards were followed to produce pet food that was made in China, yet those processes can have a major impact on the food quality. It’s estimated that the USDA only inspects one to two percent of all pet foods that are imported. When they are tested, it is rare for them to be tested for things like heavy metals, pesticides, and toxins.
• The pet food imported from China is often filled with pesticides, dyes, and filler ingredients that can be harmful to a pet’s health.
“Most people don’t think about their pet food's ingredients, or the safety of it, until there is a problem,” added Post. “By then, it could be too late. It’s crucial to make sure pets are eating healthy, quality food that was made right here in the good old USA.”
When reading labels, it is important to avoid such ingredients as soy, generic animal livers, wheat, corn, and coloring agents, to name a few. Also, research to see where the pet food was made. Avoiding harmful ingredients can help pets to live a healthier life, reduce allergies and sensitivities, maintain proper weight, avoid urinary tract problems and diabetes, and help to prevent dental problems.
Our pets thrive when fed a pure meat-based diet. Hound & Gatos Pet Food Corporation produced in the US and sold in our country and in 160 stores across Canada, uses 100 percent animal protein, meat-based products. They avoid the ingredients that are harmful to our beloved dogs and cats like by-products, fillers and plant protein. They even offer DNA testing on their products.
Hound & Gatos’ product line includes salmon, rabbit (very popular these days for canines), rabbit, beef, lamb and trout. They are even going so far as to produce some exotic lines, including kangaroo, deer and duck in the near future.
To learn about this US Company, Hound & Gatos, and their products, visit www.houndgatos.com. Avoid high vet bills or sickness and/or early death of your beloved pet.