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Do you know fully what ingredients are in your pet’s food? Most likely not! — 7 Comments

  1. We can’t be sure what’s in there, Jo. Like you said, we only know what they tell us. I’ve always been very careful, I stay away from cat food with ‘meat by-products’ and ‘ground corn meal.’ I admit I don’t know for certain what’s in the food I’ve fed my animals. I have no faith in the FDA. Those folks think it’s okay for human grade food to have tumors. I’ve given up on them long ago.

  2. Since most of my animals were diagnosed with weight problems several years ago, I buy a high quality brand of dog and horse feed designed for their own needs. I have one horse that is aged and needs special supplements, so his needs are a priority where nutrition is concerned. I learned long ago to read labels on food and stay away from those with certain ingredients. At least I think I am providing them with nutritional food that is good for them.

  3. Forget about the FDA protecting our pets. If they can’t even protect humans with excellence how could we even begin to hope that they would do the same for animals?

  4. Not many years ago, it was almost unheard of for there to be recalls, and introduced contaminants in food, drink, or drugs made the headlines and searches were done to find the perpetrators. Now, it’s almost a routine thing for there to be recalls, as it is for just about everyone in this society to lie about just about anything to further their self-serving greed and avarice. I don’t believe Obama cares at all about our beloved family members; his record makes it abundantly clear that he does not keep his promises to those who elected him, and that business as usual is all that matters. At present, he is hell-bent in trying to push fast-tracking of the TPP, yet another “free trade” agreement that, if passed, will result in fewer jobs, more poverty, and more suffering for many, many people (with resultant loss of life of many, many companion animals abandoned in ACCs, “shelters”, and the streets). So thanks for trying, but I’m not buying.

  5. The ingredients in pet food have been of interest to me for several years, because of membership in Susan Thixton’s site TruthAboutPetFood. It has become a passion, since I’ve realized how much more there is to know, and share. I spend time each day researching and posting on various sites about it.

    My interest peaked a few months ago when my kitty, Mitzy, became constipated. I was feeding her a high quality wet and dry food. I tried adding various forms of fiber to her food, but nothing was working. The vet put her on Lactulose, which I was giving to her daily. She also said that Mitzy might have a “mechanical problem”. Fortunately, we didn’t pursue this line of thinking….

    The vet also pushed for me to buy Hill’s WD canned, and Royal Canin High Response. I was trying to wean Mitzy from dry food, and told the vet I didn’t want it. But she insisted, and actually carried it out to the car!

    I was curious about these expensive “prescription” foods, and began to research the ingredients. I referred to the “Ingredient Analysis” by Dr. Lisa Newman, and was shocked to find that these ingredients were of poor quality, and found in the cheapest pet foods. All you have to do is look them up online, and click on ingredients.

    I also found many reports of pets getting ill from these foods. At the time of my research, there were over 200 reports on the Consumer Affairs site. Of course, this isn’t the place to list pet food complaints. But people don’t know this. In the meantime, the FDA can say they haven’t received any complaints. These brands have never been recalled, to my knowledge. These companies are huge, and have a lot of influence.

    I returned the bag to the vet, and changed vets. There’s much more to this story, which involved drug reactions, but I’ll post that another time.

    Reading the tiny print on labels on cans or bags is nearly impossible. I discovered that the best way to read labels is online, where you can actually read it.

    But reading labels isn’t enough, unless you know what
    the ingredients mean. It’s not going to say “dead dogs and cats”, but instead will show these ingredients as meat “by-produts. There will be no mention of the drugs that were in these euthanized animals, that may be affecting your pet.

    The FDA is on a crusade to test “only” raw pet food, for salmonella, when the facts are that there’s more danger of salmonella from ground meats sold for human consumption. And most of the pet food (dry and wet) recalls are based on salmonella! It’s pretty obvious that there’s a vendetta against raw pet food. We can only guess why.

    Most of us know that whenever we handle raw meats,it’s important to wash our hands, to avoid salmonella poisoning.

    I want to share that since I’ve started feeding Mitzy raw cat food, her constipation is no longer a problem. The change was immediate, after her first meal. I had no idea that it would continue to be the solution, after all the things I tried. One vet told me to give her Lactulose 4 times a day, but I refused to do this. I wanted to get to the root of the problem, not cover it up.

    Since Feed grade, pet grade or inedible ingredient pet foods are allowed by FDA to be made from (not all inclusive): Meat sourced from diseased, dead, or dying animals; chemical or pesticide contaminated vegetables, grains, fruits, that’s probably not going to change.

    But to not allow those companies who use human grade ingredients to state that on the label is highly suspicious to me. Do we believe that the FDA is protecting our pets? I see no evidence of that.

    I urge you to sign this petition, so there’s some degree of pressure from consumers. This is the only thing that has a chance of changing this situation.

    Your pet’s lives are at stake. Do something while you still can.

    • Sandy, your comment is very good and should be made into an article with a title such as “How Raw Cat Food Cured My Cat’s Constipation” or “Is The FDA Protecting Our Pets?”. Something like that. If you agree to it being an article please feel free to think of a different title.

  6. Thanks, Jo.
    My guess would be that only about 10% of cat caretakers actually read the labels of the food they’re feeding.
    But, I think that the most conscientious caretakers are those with one to three cats.
    The rest of us read labels and choose the ones that are the better of the mediocre.
    I can’t help but believe that manufacturers are careless. They don’t, necessarily, are out to kill our cats. But, they are out to make a profit.

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