I have spoken often about how imperative it is for every dog owner to know the ingredients in every bit of processed dog food they are buying to feed their dog, or any pets, for that matter. In this day and age of the corporate “bottom line” of greedy stockholders, every dog owner needs to become educated as to what the dog food ingredients are, that are listed on the packaging labels of dog food. Because there is very little legislation governing the quality of dog food ingredients, the “almighty dollar” is much more powerful than the lives of our pets.
Every dog owner needs to learn what the terms really mean that are being printed on those labels so that they know what to look for when they are out shopping for nutritional dog food products to feed their dogs.
We all love our pets and want the best for them. We want them to have beautiful shiny coats, pink gums, sweet breath, and to protect them from illness and harm. We treasure their existence and in so many cases, either couldn’t live without them or would be devastated trying to, in the case of loss. Insuring that they are fed a healthy diet to not only maintain their health, but to also prolong their lives, has become a major concern as we discover more and more how the dog food companies are blatantly lying to us.
Something that many pet owners are unaware of, is how the ingredients can, by law, be listed. When reading the list of ingredients, the dog food should not contain any of these five ingredients:
- Animal fat
- Meat by-products and bone meal
- Fish by-products
- Liver meal
- Poultry fat or poultry by-products
I know these ingredients sound harmless and they are meant to. They’ve been carefully named to fool the consumer. Any time you see a generic term such as the above, the red flags should go off in your head.
You do not want to buy any food with these generic term. The ingredients must specify what type of animal that the “by-product” or “meal” is coming from. It must specifically state:
Beef, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey, bison (or buffalo), tuna, shod, cod or whatever the type of meat the product comes from.
Why shouldn’t the generic terms be used?
Because they can, by law, contain practically anything from bird feathers to horse hooves, from rotting road kill to euthanized animal shelter animals, from diseased zoo animals to euthanized animals from your vets office.
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