Dangerous Dog Food Ingredients to avoid include: RENDERED PRODUCTS, (listed as Meat and grain meals and by-products.) CORN, WHEAT AND SOY, and many other LOW GRADE INGREDIENTS.
- ABOUT RENDERING
- READ ABOUT PROTEIN SOURCES THAT THE AAFCO FINDS ACCEPTABLE
- READ ABOUT which grain sources are only used as a money saving methods
- READ ABOUT OTHER LOW GRADE INGREDIENTS
- READ ABOUT THE DANGERS OF MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE (Called Synthetic Vitamin K on the label)
- READ the AAFCO DISCLAIMER
Did you know that Dangerous Dog Food Ingredients that Cause Diseases, Illnesses, Allergies and Death are legally allowed, approved and added to our companion animals food by government agencies that monitor our pet food industry?
Allergies, cancer, obesity, and early death can be reduced by eliminating the following harmful ingredients from their diet.
HOW? – Stop feeding foods that contain the following Dangerous Dog Food Ingredients listed below. They are in the cheaper dog foods such as these, and can be avoided by switching to a homemade dog food diet, or upgrading to a higher quality food.
The AAFCO finds the following ingredients acceptable under their guidelines in pet food manufacturing. (ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN FEED CONTROL)
If the main protein source is listed as “meat meal”, “meat or poultry by-product meal”, “fish meal”, “bone meal” and/or “blood meal”, they are rendered products.
Renderers accept the waste and leftovers from: animals picked up by dead stock removal companies, dead zoo animals, rotting road kill too large to be buried at the side of the road, restaurant and grocery store garbage, including the Styrofoam trays and plastic wrap.
The worst is the hundreds of thousands of eutahnized cats and dogs that are rendered into our pet's food,(along with collars,tags and flea collars).
Slaughter houses also provide renderers with leftovers of slaughtered animals not fit for human consumption. These unfit animal parts are denatured at the slaughterhouse before being shipped to the renderer. (DENATURING IS PROCESS OF SPRAYING POISONOUS, TOXIC PRODUCTS SUCH AS Crude Carbolic Acid, Cresylic disinfectant, or citronella on these slaughterhouse dregs) This is the AAFCO's accepatable method of getting our pet's food ready for processing.
If a whole beef or swine carcass has been condemned, (Called a 4-D, short for dead, diseased, disabled, dying), the denaturing product is injected into the entire carcass, rather than just spraying the surface.
Condemned carcasses allowed to be used in our pet's food can contain pus, cysts, tumors, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue from the slaughterhouses. Animals that have died from diseases, cancerous tissue and all, and worm infested organs are also rendered.
Injection sites are rendered, blood clots and all.
Stomach and unclean bowels are rendered.
Contaminated material including blood is rendered.
Carcasses with high levels of drugs or pesticides in excess of limits prescribed under the FDA (not fit for human consumption) are rendered.
Once this “meat” is collected it is then pitched into large vats and slowly ground, then cooked at low temps till the grease rises to the top.
And consider that this is what is listed on the ingredient list as “animal fat”.
The rest of what is remaining is then pressed until the moisture is completely removed, and this dry raw material that is referred to as “meat meal”, is then used in the cheap pet food formulas.
On top of that, the slaughtered animal probably ate the same crappy food for it's entire life, as the AAFCO definitions apply to their food also.
THESE PROTEIN SOURCES ARE ACCEPTABLE and ALLOWED by The AAFCO!
Personally, I find these ingredients unacceptable, and would assume most animal lovers would agree with me.
If the main protein source is listed simply as “meat” or “meat by-product”, this is to be avoided. This represents a fresh product delivered in an unrendered state. It can contain:
ABOUT GRAIN SOURCES THAT ARE ONLY USED AS A MONEY SAVING METHOD – NOT NUTRITION!
These grain sources are only used as a money saving method for the cheap dog food manufacturers, not in any way is it considered a benefit to the nutritional value of the dog's food.
A cheap dog food filled with any of the above “Grains” should be avoided, as they are used as substitute for higher quality animal protein sources.
For example, a pet food listing poultry by-product meal first on the label would sound as though at least the prime or first ingredient would supply ample protein in the product. (Even the unacceptable by-product meal seems a little better than corn as the first ingredient, right?)
In the cheaper pet foods, there is a practice called “Splitting” on the label.
On this example the next five ingredients are: ground yellow corn, wheat, corn gluten meal, soybean meal and wheat germ meal.
It only appears as though this product has a higher protein source. The corn and wheat are listed in several different forms after the protein source and they are actually the primary ingredients, with the amount of protein quite low on the list.
Also, dogs are carnivores, and using corn as the main protein source is not healthy.
OTHER LOW GRADE INGREDIENTS
Found in cheap dog food, the AAFCO allows the following ingredients, which are nutritionally useless, but used as “FILLERS”
- BEET PULP: Dried residue from sugar beets are allowed to be included in the fiber category of pet food, but in actuality it adds unneeded and unhealthy sugar.
- SOYBEAN MEAL: This is from grinding the flakes that remain after using a solvent extract to remove most of the oil from soybeans.
- TOMATOE POMACE: Leftovers from tomatoe processing (skins, seeds or pulp). Used as a filler, but promoted as a source of fibre. Since it is not a “main ingredient” it is not considered harmful but it doesn't provide any real nutritional benefits either.
- PEA PROTEIN, PEA STARCH and/or PEA FIBRE: Used as a filler in low grade pet food. No know nutritional value.
- SUGAR FOODS BY-PRODUCTS: Created from grinding and mixing inedible portions derived from the preparation of sugar based food products such as candy, dried gelatin mixes and other powdered sugary food products. Sugar is used solely to add sweetness to make them more palatable. It covers up a lot of the spoiled flavours and garbage tastes.
- OAT GROATS: A byproduct from human food processing. Leftover portions and pieces of oats after manufacturers are done acquiring the whole oats. Not nutritionally valuable and used as a filler.
- OTHER: Called fiber by the manufacturers, but just empty fillers such as, ground peanut shells, cottonseed hulls,straw ,crushed corncobs, weeds and feathers.
*NOTE: Avoid products with blood meal, which is an inexpensive protein booster. The animal source is usually not stated, and the blood can be contaminated with residues of hormones, or medications, which over long term use is extremely dangerous to your pet's health. Cases of excessive hormomes and/or overdose of medications have been found in some pet's after death.
ABOUT ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES, COLORS, FLAVORINGS and VITAMINS
Flavor is added, because most pets wouldn't eat the finished product of the dangerous dog food without some sort of cover up for the horrible smell. These additional flavors are usually from rancid restaurant grease. The used rancid grease is picked up after sitting out in barrels, in the sun for weeks.
This is what the manufacturers buy to add as flavoring, which is sprayed onto the kibble. Also sugar or corn syrup are used to cover up the bad taste of the inferior kibble.
Different dyes are used to make the food look good to us, the pet owner. Dyes are known carcinogenic causing additives, and I'm quite certain my pet, or yours, does not care what color their food is.
Artificial preservatives are used to extend shelf life. If the kibble you are buying has an indefinite shelf life, then consider it a dangerous to your pet.
The main preservatives to avoid are: BHA (butylated hydroxytolulene), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used in automotive antifreeze, and is suspected of causing red blood cell damage) and ethoxyquin.
These are all potentially cancer causing agents that your pets are eating every day.
Even though we also ingest certain foods with artificial preservatives, this is not on a regular, daily basis for your entire life. That is what we are giving our dogs when we feed the same diet day in and day out. We are pumping them full of harmful ingredients daily and giving them an shorter lifespan for sure.
*NOTE: MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE (Called Synthetic Vitamin K on the label)
This synthetic version of vitamin K has not been specifically approved for long term use, such as in pet food. It has been linked to many serious health issues. If you are not aware of this, it sounds like one of the healthy vitamins, but beware.
- The MSDS guide states :
- “Potential Chronic Health Effects:
- CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: 3 (Not classifiable for humans) by IARC.
- MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.
- The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes.
- Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.”
This all sounds pretty grim, but rest assured there are many extremely excellent, healthy, natural kibble and canned products now being manufactured without any of the above crap in them.
These highly reputable and conscientious companies have philosophies aimed at providing you and your pet the best of the best when it comes to nutrition and peace of mind.
Always investigate and learn what you should be looking for if you want to increase your dog's life.
A homemade diet made with from a reputable recipe book, written by a vet or pet nutritionist, is also an excellent choice to start your pet on the way to a longer, healthier life.
Whatever you choose for your pet, remember we speak for them, and choose the best for them that you are able to give.
This AAFCO disclaimer really doesn't mean the food is healthy.