Confused about what cat or dog food
is good for your pets and what isn’t?
So am I!
That’s why I decided to research this area for us both. Today's market there are literally hundreds of brand names and specialized names. There are myth's about what is good for our pets to eat and what is harmful. To tell you the truth, I find it hard to shop for my pet food anymore! Here's some of what I've been able to find.
First off…… one myth that we’ve all been brainwashed to believe is that if a pet food has been recalled, the entire manufacturer should be on the crap list of buying their foods.
Well, the fact is that unless it’s a manufacturer in China or Taiwan, they are actually the responsible pet food manufacturers!
By now you’ve probably all been told to stay away from anything for your pets labeled “China” or “Taiwan” and that is still TRUE!
They have yet to research which manufacturers are manufacturing pet foods and treats that are making our pets sick. Now that’s irresponsible!
So back to the recent recalls of Purina One, owned by Nestlé, yes the same company that makes our chocolate bars (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm366953.htm) and Natura back in July, (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm357630.htm), the reason they should not be so quickly eliminated from your sight is that they are actually responsible!
Yes, I know I am probably going to create some deliberation about this one, but just listen.
The manufacturing companies that do a good job and “catch” the effected food with salmonella are actually doing their jobs!
Check this out! Here is their "Voluntary" Recall notice:
“These products were packaged in a single production facility. During routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product. In an abundance of caution, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.” http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm357630.htm to read more.
They are operating efficient plants with attentive employees. When a “lot” of food has tested positive for salmonella they voluntarily recall it and publicize the recall. That’s doing their job now don’t you think?
They find the source, eliminate it, re-test and put out good food once again. That is why you hear over and over some of the same names, manufactured at the same plants, being recalled.
They are DOING THEIR JOBS. http://www.aafco.org/Portals/0/AAFCO/FMC_Checklist.pdf
China doesn’t care. They continue to poison our pets by selling chicken jerky and what not all the while knowing it is causing illness in some of our pets. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm280586.htm
One more thing I’d like to write about is the misconception that so many of us have about how much to feed, what does the label say, what does it mean, is corn and wheat really that bad? Working in the vet clinic we hear it all the time….. “What do you feed your pet?” client response: “I only feed my pet food that doesn’t have wheat or corn.” We ask, “Why? What’s wrong with wheat and corn?” Unless your pet has been diagnosed professionally to a true allergy of wheat and corn, it is not bad for them, and those bi-products? What’s that all about?
Just because it’s not what you and I want to eat, dogs and cats don’t mind. It’s the parts that they’d eat out in the wild anyway. It’s actually the parts they like the best! So if you’ve taken your pet to a Board Certified Animal Nutritionist or Allergist, and it is truly allergic to wheat and corn, then yes you should stick to the food the specialist put your pet on. That’s a no-brainer.
We also hear people say that what’s at the top of the ingredients is the most important part of the bag of food. They look for meat. What does the label really tell you?
It is listed by weight…. Yep, that’s correct. They list ingredients according to weight. They also recommend daily feeding instructions which are typically way too much to feed your pet! Ever wonder why Fido is getting heavier even on the low-fat diets? They want you to over feed.
Why? You’ll go through the bag faster and have to buy more. That’s it.
That’s a marketing ploy and it’s used by most manufacturers.
Take a look at this Blog I found written by a Veterinarian. It’s pretty informative. http://avetsguidetolife.blogspot.com/2013/04/corn-in-foodno-its-not-bad.html So just to make sure we are on the same page, yes, corn and wheat can be bad, especially if your pet is allergic or sensitive to it, but it’s not all bad. The Blog above discusses corn/wheat and fillers. I found it pretty informative.
We could go round and round about dog and cat food, but I am not a Nutritionist so I won’t. If you do have concerns you can always schedule a consultation with a Board Certified Nutritionist. That is probably your best bet. http://www.acvn.org/about-us/faq/
Thanks pet food and remember…. Do NOT BUY PET FOOD/JERKY FROM CHINA OR TAIWAN!