According to Today Health on Thursday, a Washington State pet supply store owner’s diet will consist of nothing but pet food for 30 consecutive days. Dorothy Hunter, who owns Paw's Natural Pet Emporium in Richland, Washington has vowed to do this to raise awareness about the diets of pets and humans.
Hunter is attempting to prove that her products for pets are safe enough for humans to digest. The woman sells holistic, natural foods at Paw's Natural Pet Emporium. She went so far as to say she believes what she sells for pets to consume are good products and the pets that eat them are eating better than humans do. So she has vowed to eat dog food for a month which ends on July 19.
Hunter got the idea for eating dog and cat food one day when she was hungry as she restocked store shelves. She said she didn’t have time to get a snack, so she grabbed a bag of dog treats, ate them and liked them. That's when she vowed to do this for 30 days. She will not only be eating pet treats, but she vowed to eat canned cat food and wet dog food as well. Even some of her employees have joined her in sampling pet food.
Hunter might be vowing to eat pet food, but as the warning goes, "Don't try this at home." That's because in a statement, the Food and Drug Administration told "Today" that pet food is not intended for humans, since people and pets have different dietary needs, but noted that both are required to be compliant with food additive regulations and free of pathogens.
John Tegzes, a consultant for Just Food For Dogs, which makes pet food from ingredients intended for human consumption, told "Today" that he doesn't condone experimenting with pet foods. He doesn't believe pet food should be good for human consumption because of potential contamination. Besides, it's not necessarily balanced for human nutrition.
"Today's" diet and nutrition editor, Madelyn Fernstrom, said pet foods can put humans at risk for food-borne illness. She thinks choosing to experiment with pet food as a long term option is a nutritional negative and might make you sick.
Watch Hunter's video to hear what else she has to say about eating pet food.