What is REALLY in your Dog's Food?



This FACT is universal and does not only apply to the USA. Please read and share - your pets' lives are at stake.

The infamous ‘What’s really in pet food”report begins, “whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need.”

“These are the images pet food manufacturers promulgate through the media and advertising. This is what the $10 billion per year U.S. pet food industry wants consumers to believe they are buying when they purchase their products.”

Of course, presently, the informed pet owner realizes this information is an advertising gimmick and as false as misleading a child that the family dog was given to Uncle Jim to run free on his farm when actually taken to the local pound.

We are no longer children and as guardians of our pets, must question as the article states, “what’s really in pet food?” As this studydiscloses, “The protein used in pet food comes from a variety of sources. When cattle, swine, chickens, lambs, or any number of other animals are slaughtered, the choice cuts such as lean muscle tissue are trimmed away from the carcass for human consumption.”

“Whatever remains of the carcass -- bones, blood, pus, intestines, ligaments, and almost all the other parts not generally consumed by humans -- is used in pet food. These "other parts" are known as "by-products" or other names on pet food labels. The ambiguous labels list the ingredients, but do not provide a definition for the products listed.”

This report brought up serious concerns, especially in regards to rendered by-products. According to an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, “How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled into Pet Food,” “each year, millions of dead American dogs and cats are processed along with billions of pounds of other animal materials by companies known as renderers. The finished product…tallow and meat meal…serve as raw materials for thousands of items that include cosmetics and pet food.”


Enter the AAFCO, short for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. This is the regulatory body that sets the guidelines for pet food ingredients in the USA. In the video ‘The Truth About Dog and Cat Food,” AAFCO president Hersh Pendell admits on camera that it is not only allowed, but common practice that rendered pets end up in pet food.

The illicit practice of rendering companion pets spins an immoral twist on the old phrase ‘it’s a dog eat dog world.’ Ethics aside, the rendering process is thought to be endangering the very pets its thought to sustain. In the report “Pet Food – Our Pets are Dying for it,” the author cites rendering plant studies with photos of dead companion animals. A rendering plant manager is quoted saying that “150 million pounds of rotting flesh are fed nto the plants grinders and cookers each year to produce 80 million pounds of the plants three products; meat and bone meal, tallow and yellow grease. Most goes into chicken feed, the rest into dry pet food.”

The argument regarding phenobarbital, or euthanasia fluid, showing up in pet food has become controversial and a subject of much debate. In fact, typing the words ‘phenobarbital’ and ‘pet food’ renders over half a million Google responses. This is overwhelming even to the sage animal lover.

How can the unsuspecting pet owner educate himself? The internet is chock full of articles and studies regarding pet food and how it is processed. In fact, entire books have been written on the subject such as Ann Martin’s “Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts about Pet Food.”

These studies and reports raise distrust, doubts and fear. Is that beautiful shiny and silken dog running across the tv screen really digesting euthanized shelter animals? Is that persnickety cat lapping up the remains of someone’s unwanted pet?

It’s suggested to read the pet food labels even though seemingly obscure and confusing. As Martin herself reveals, “At first I was shocked, but my shock turned to anger when I realized how little the consumer is told about the actual contents of the pet food.”

Maybe Morris the cat is trying to tell us something.