The Problems with Commercial Dog Food
1. Slaughterhouse Waste is rejected material from meat processing… this sounds good, because then we’re not wasting food that is inedible for humans, right? It sounds better than it is.
At a butcher, when an animal is processed for human consumption, there is an inspector there to make sure that nothing bad gets through the process and fed to humans. So the inspector stands there, looking for any signs of damage, disease, or contamination in the meat, such as abscesses, tumors, abnormal organs, parasites, etc. Anything like this is cut off and put into a garbage can. So now you have a garbage can full of damaged body parts, diseased organs, tumors, etc.
…The contents of this garbage can are then sent to pet food factories to be processed into pet or livestock food.
In addition to this, they add whole animals that arrive at the butcher too sick or weak or unhealthy, and already dying, diseased, disabled, or dead. They don’t want that in their human food! So they send it off to be made into food for animals.
2. Endotoxins are basically bacteria that hang out in the meat/slaughterhouse waste while it’s sitting unrefrigerated for a day or two, waiting to be processed into dog food. Even though it will all be cooked, the endotoxins remain in the final product.
3. Meat Meal, or Meat By-Products are other types of discarded material, which is added to the diseased tissue we mentioned above, and mixed all together. This other discarded material includes things like euthanized dogs and cats from shelters/vet clinics (see References section below for links to articles about this), trash from supermarkets, spoiled food from restaurants, roadkill, and sick farm animals that have died for various reasons (not including slaughter), gristle and tendons, dried blood meal, fecal waste from animals, horse and cattle hair, poultry feather meal, etc. Apparently there have been reports that other things have made it into this discarded material, including euthanasia solution and collars from the euthanized pets.
4. Additional ingredients may include:
- potato peels
- vegetable pulp
- rancid grain
- peanut hulls
- antibiotics (many factory-farmed animals cannot survive without antibiotics due to the unhealthy and stressful conditions that they live in)
- growth hormones
- pesticides used to control flies on livestock
- fish that are radioactive due to nuclear reactor meltdowns contaminating the oceans
- heavy metals – pet foods have actually been tested and found to have dangerously high levels of mercury, lead, etc.
…and like we said above, euthanized pets and the euthanasia solution (which is still active after the manufacturing process) and metal pieces from the pet collars. (See the References section below for links to articles about the euthanized pets in dog food.)
5. Additives include artificial coloring, chemical preservatives (including BHA and BHT which are known carcinogens).
6. Conventionally grown food contains less nutrition than organic or chemical-free foods. This is all a result of chemical fertilizers, sterile soils devoid of life, GMOs (which disrupts the DNA sequence and causes the produce to contain less nutrients), glyphosate, growth hormones, breeding animals for fast growth, feeding grain to animals that are designed to eat grass, harvesting crops early, and shipping foods long distances or storing them for long periods of time.
Dog food is heated to high temperatures in the manufacturing process. Heating/cooking food destroys enzymes and microbes, and destroys some of the vitamins in the food.
Liquid Fat and Powders
after the kibble is formed and dried, liquid fat is sprayed onto it, and then it is dusted with powders which sometimes include: flavoring to make the food more palatable, antioxidants, mold inhibitors, synthetic vitamins, or trace minerals.
Since the “food” is so devoid of nutrition, vitamins have to be added to try to make up for the lack. But the vitamins are synthetic which means they are not in their natural form (the form found in nature), and therefore are a lot harder for the dog’s body to assimilate, and in the end they’re not actually that helpful after all.
High Pressure Pasteurization
Also called Hydrostatic High Pressurization, High Hydrostatic Pressure Pasteurization, or Ultra High Pressure Processing. Some “raw” commercially prepared dog foods are put under high pressure to sterilize it. This kills any bad bacteria, but it also kills all the good bacteria, destroys the enzymes, and denatures the proteins. The amount of pressure they put the food under is a higher pressure than what you find at the bottom of the Mariana Trench (the deepest part of the ocean). Despite all this, there have now developed “super bugs” that can survive this pressure, so some companies are also using high heat and radiation on their “raw” foods. Another thing to note is that this whole process doesn’t prevent bacteria being introduced after it has been subjected to high pressure, heat, etc.
References and Further Reading:
Kibble is Kibble is STILL Kibble! By Dr Jeannie Thomason
“Natural Rearing: Breeding and Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended” by Jeannie (Jeanette) Thomason, VND
“Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats: Fourth Edition” by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PHD, and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
Special Report “Is Your Raw Food Really Raw?” by Will Falconer, DVM