Dog Food…

No, I don’t mean I’m eating dog food. My posts the other day of my dog Barty sitting by his dish begging way too early to be fed reminded me of their food also! They are people too 🙂 So I will do a quick post on dog food. Especially since I have run into several people and had quick conversations about what food to give your dog. I remember when my dad came to visit he saw my huge bag of dog food and asked about it. He couldn’t believe the bag cost $25 dollars. To me that’s not much more to paying for higher quality food. It’s just like paying $2 for two sandwiches at a fast food joint at lunch time or ordering a salad for $5. There is a small difference for a better choice. So literally years ago, probably back in 2002 I researched dog food since I was already interested in my own food. Also there was a nudge of helpful info from the vet (much like your personal doctor gives you- whether or not you listen and find out the info on your own is your choice.)

When we first got Barty we were very young of course, didn’t know anything about having a dog much less what to feed it. I mean we bought him at our local mall-that’s how little we knew. Well, he had stomach issues and was frequently vomiting (even though he was a puppy and being trained eating grass and his own… well…I’ll change the subject.) So I did some extra research and found eating grass is a sign of deficiencies of in diet and the food we were feeding him was most likely making him throw up, as well as a skin allergy. So…as soon as we switched his food he had a remarkable change!! Every since then I’ve been aware of this valuable lesson for him and in my own life.

So, does your dog have health problems? Allergies? Overweight? Joint problems? Eye problems? Skin infections? Stomach upsets? Bloating? Most likely it’s from the food you feed him. If you look, most generic, very inexpensive dog foods they sell at most chains, for example: what lines the shelves at Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, 7-11 etc… is like junk food for dogs also filled with harmful chemicals and rejected meat parts full of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. (Just like our food!) You will find they are also feeding dogs corn just like they are feeding animals at the corporations that run the world who are feeding us. So, of course they are going to have serious health problems and other diseases like cancer, just like us. A dog’s body cannot process corn properly especially when that’s all it’s eating. It is difficult for them to digest it. Corn is a cheap filler, a starchy energy which serves little to no nutritional value. Your dog is not going to be as healthy as he should be and may experience energy rushes, crashes, hyperactivity and a hard time concentrating along with other ailments. There are proven studies that have shown high doses of corn can inhibit serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is an important chemical that reduces stress and anxiety. So, that’s why this is also significant in our food. In addition,  genetically modified corn is also being put into not only dog food but also cat, horse, goat, chicken and cows feed. (Again, why this relates to us.)

*If you want more information on this definitely click on my “GMO” menu on my homepage. Also I have listed numerous documentaries on food on my “FOOD” & “HEALTH” menus. And, there is also good ole’ Google*

So read your label on your pet food, if the first ingredient is corn, or corn gluten meal you might want to switch brands. Most likely if this is what the label states your bag will also contain “by-products” as one of the ingredients. We all have heard what’s contained in “by-products” because of the numerous news stories and articles on the matter. We all have heard by-products are used in fast food companies “hamburgers” and “chicken patties” as well as “chicken strips and nuggets.”

Want more info on this:

Pet Food Ingredients

Animal Protein

Dogs and cats are carnivores, and do best on a meat-based diet. The protein used in pet food comes from a variety of sources. When cattle, swine, chickens, lambs, or other animals are slaughtered, lean muscle tissue is trimmed away from the carcass for human consumption, along with the few organs that people like to eat, such as tongues and tripe.

However, about 50% of every food animal does not get used in human foods. Whatever remains of the carcass — heads, feet, bones, blood, intestines, lungs, spleens, livers, ligaments, fat trimmings, unborn babies, and other parts not generally consumed by humans — is used in pet food, animal feed, fertilizer, industrial lubricants, soap, rubber, and other products. These “other parts” are known as “by-products.” By-products are used in feed for poultry and livestock as well as in pet food. (I like how the article says “not generally” – scary!)

The nutritional quality of by-products, meals, and digests can vary from batch to batch. James Morris and Quinton Rogers, of the University of California at Davis Veterinary School, assert that, “[pet food] ingredients are generally by-products of the meat, poultry and fishing industries, with the potential for a wide variation in nutrient composition. Claims of nutritional adequacy of pet foods based on the current Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient allowances (‘profiles’) do not give assurances of nutritional adequacy and will not until ingredients are analyzed and bioavailability values are incorporated.”3

Meat or poultry “by-products” are very common in wet pet foods. Remember that “meat” refers to only cows, swine, sheep, and goats. Since sheep and goats are rare compared to the 37 million cows and 100 million hogs slaughtered for food every year, nearly all meat by-products come from cattle and pigs.

The better brands of pet food, such as many “super-premium,” “natural,” and “organic” varieties, do not use by-products. On the label, you’ll see one or more named meats among the first few ingredients, such as “turkey” or “lamb.” These meats are still mainly leftover scraps; in the case of poultry, bones are allowed, so “chicken” consists mainly of backs and frames—the spine and ribs, minus their expensive breast meat. The small amount of meat left on the bones is the meat in the pet food. Even with this less-attractive source, pet food marketers are very tricky when talking about meat, so this is explained further in the section on “Marketing Magic” below.

Meat meals, poultry meals, by-product meals, and meat-and-bone meal are common ingredients in dry pet foods. The term “meal” means that these materials are not used fresh, but have been rendered. While there is chicken, turkey, and poultry by-product meals there is no equivalent term for mammal “meat by-product meal” — it is called “meat-and-bone-meal.” It may also be referred to by species, such as “beef-and-bone-meal” or “pork-and-bone-meal.”

What is rendering? As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, to render is “to process as for industrial use: to render livestock carcasses and to extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.” In other words, raw materials are dumped into large vat and boiled for several hours. Rendering separates fat, removes water, and kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms. However, the high temperatures used (270°F/130°C) can alter or destroy natural enzymes and proteins found in the raw ingredients.

Because of persistent rumors that rendered by-products contain dead dogs and cats, the FDA conducted a study looking for pentobarbital, the most common euthanasia drug, in pet foods. They found it. Ingredients that were most commonly associated with the presence of pentobarbital were meat-and-bone-meal and animal fat. However, they also used very sensitive tests to look for canine and feline DNA, which were not found. Industry insiders admit that rendered pets and roadkill were used in pet food some years ago. Although there are still no laws or regulations against it, the practice is uncommon today, and pet food companies universally deny that their products contain any such materials. However, so-called “4D” animals (dead, dying, diseased, disabled) were only recently banned for human consumption and are still legitimate ingredients for pet food.

This info was found here:

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?more=1&p=359

Currently I’m feeding my dogs these.

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About inpursuitofrealfood

I am a real health conscious food lover always in pursuit of real, great food! My journey began way back around 2000 when I realized it was time to grow up and eat better. Fast food was not cutting it and staples I grew up on such as burgers and spagetti were getting old. I also began trying a new diet experimenting with what I ate and how I felt as far as energy levels and keeping my skin clear. Since then it has been a rewarding journey in the kitchen trying new fruits and vegetables and tons of fantastic new recipes.
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2 Responses to Dog Food…

  1. Cheryl says:

    Awwwww! Great pics! And great info about the dog food.

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