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Your dog's well-being is dependent on the nutrition it receives. Most dogs will eat any food that is presented to them, so please choose carefully what you are feeding your companion. Her health and well-being are dependent on the choices you make. I hope that these pages will guide you to the appropriate choice for your lifestyle.
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In her article, "What¹s Really for Dinner? The Truth About Commercial Pet Food" in The Animals’ Agenda, Nov/Dec 1996 Tina Perry points out that more than 95 percent of US companion animals derive their nutritional needs from a single source: processed pet food. Pet food manufacturers have learned to make a mixture of inedible scraps, fortify it with artificial vitamins and minerals, and preserve it so that it can sit on the shelf for more than a year. The meats are often chicken heads, feet, and intestines, cow brains, tongues, esophagi, and other products unsuitable for human consumption. She goes on to elaborate on other ingredients commonly found in commercial dog food.
James Morris and Quinton Rogers, professors with Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of California at Davis Veterinary School of Medicine, assert that there is virtually no information on the bioavailability of nutrients for companion animals in many of the common dietary ingredients used in pet foods.
In February 1990, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer John Eckhouse wrote an exposé entitled"How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled into Pet Food" in which he reported that euthanized companion animals were found in pet foods. Although pet food company executives and the National Renderers Association vehemently denied the report, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the FDA confirmed the story. The pets serve a viable purpose by providing foodstuff for the animal feed chain, said Lea McGovern, chief of the FDA¹s animal feed safety branch.
Although manufacturers claim that millions of companion animals can thrive on a diet consisting of nothing by commercial pet food, research and an increasing number of veterinarians implicate processed pet food as a source of disease or as an exacerbating agent for a number of degenerative diseases.
After extensive research, the Animal Protection Institute (API) published a Pet Food Investigative Reportto educate companion animal care givers about pet food ingredients, ingredient definitions, labeling, and dietary ailments resulting from processed commercial pet food, including the most commonly known brands.
Has Dogfood Really Gone to
by Sharon Henley. Another good article on what really goes into many commercial dog and cat foods.
A Look Inside a Rendering
Earth Island Journal offers another look at rendering plants,
and the dangers to our canine companions.
Food not Fit for a Pet
by Wendell O. Belfield DVM.
Dr. Belfield discusses the “negative effects that commercial pet food has on animals.” From Earth Island Journal.
Mary Ellen R. Lunde
provides a listing of
the top five ingredients of a number of dog foods, very good
descriptions and explanations about the ingredients and information about how to contact the
manufacturers. If the product uses
ethoxyquin, BHA or BHT as a preservative it is also shown. The
- Adult dry dog food
- Premium and Super-premium brands; no supermarket kibbles
- Address, phone #, e-mail and web site info, where available
The main ingredients are defined, and Ms. Lunde outlines what she feeds her dogs, and why.
An analysis of about 29 different brands of kibble,
including the recommended daily feeding amount and the cost per day based on this amount, and ingredients has been compiled by the people who make TLC dog food.
Hot Pursuit’s Approach to Canine Nutritionexplains their philosophy on nutrition based on Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. These guys are Jack Russell Terrier lovers and breeders. Their page has lots of other interesting information, too.
Give your Dog a Boneby Dr. Ian Billinghurst, is full of information, recipes, nutritional information, and more. Dr. Billinghurst’s premise is that healthy dogs, including his own, are dogs who are fed a no-nonsense, economical, and natural diet comprised mainly of raw meaty bones. Ian Billinghurst's views are revolutionary, and he doesn't pull his punches.
Give your Dog a Bonecan be purchased by calling 1-800-241-9111 x505.
Bones of Contention.
Andrea Madley's article on the safety and benefits of feeding
Dr. Tom Lonsdale B.Vet.Med. MRCVS,
Veterinary Surgeon is a spokesman for
Their Raw Meaty Bones Pages include information on feeding raw chicken wings, diets, the pet food industry, and more.
Dr. Tom Lonsdale B.Vet.Med. MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon is a spokesman forThe Raw Meaty Bones Lobby Group. This group has gradually coalesced from veterinarians working in clinical practice throughout Australia. The concerns that unite the group are the wide range and severity of diseases affecting domestic dogs and cats all of which can be directly attributed to the feeding of artificial foods. Dr. Ian Billinghurst is part of the Raw Meaty Bones Lobby group along with Dr. Lonsdale and others.