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message 1: by Kayla (last edited Mar 17, 2009 06:28AM) (new)

Kayla You may think you are getting the beast food possible for you pet, but behind the lies scandals and labels you will find horrid things you may have never Known about. So please read this before you your pet gets gravely ill. I blame bad dog food for my dogs death this December.
*************Bad Dog Food*************

Ladies and gentleman, hold on to your hats. We’re about to tell you what bad dog food is, what’s in it, and who makes it. It’s not pretty.


The major dog food manufacturers are producing nothing but bad dog food. That may seem to be a grandiose claim, but there is a plethora of evidence to prove it. Behind the colorful bags, the jingles, the slogans, the commercials – major dog food brands supply one thing: bad dog food. It’s an injustice to all dogs and dog lovers. What these producers of bad dog food are really offering your favorite furry friend is a foul admixture of disgusting by-products and a cornucopia of toxic chemicals.

When cattle, chickens, lambs, swine, and other animals are slaughtered for food, it’s common that just the lean muscle is cut and used for human consumption. The left over carcass is then sent to a rendering plant, along with all the other waste that is around. This foul mess is rendered and will soon become bad dog food. What this amounts to is an appalling mixture of chicken feet, dead animals, euthanized dogs and cats, lungs, ligaments, beaks, teeth, intestines, and more. This bad dog food is cleaned up with the all-encompassing label of “meat-and-bone meal” and “by-products” on the outside of the bag.

Have you heard of the “4 D’s”? The “4 D’s” encompass the kind of cattle that are sent to rendering plants:

Dead
Dying
Diseased
Disabled

When all of this putrid material comes to the rendering plant, it's put in a huge vat and shredded. It’s then cooked at 220 to 270 degrees for 20 to 60 minutes. After it cools, the grease is skimmed off the top. This is "animal fat." The rest is pressed and dried. This is what’s called "meat and bone meal” and “by-products” – otherwise known as bad dog food.

Who’s Responsible?

Huge corporate conglomerates use pet food companies as a cheap and profitable way to dispose of waste produced by their human food companies:

Corporation

Pet Food Brands

Nestle

Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Mighty Dog, Purina One

Heinz

9 Lives, Amore, Gravy Train, Kibbles-n-Bits, Nature's Recipe

Colgate-Palmolive

Hill's Science Diet

Proctor & Gamble


Eukanuba, Iams

Mars

Kal Kan, Mealtime, Pedigree, Sheba, Waltham's

So why do dogs eat this bad dog food? Their senses are being duped. To make this bad dog food pleasing to the eyes and noses of our canine pals is nothing more than a lesson in chemistry.

Some of the chemicals used in pet food include:

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BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction
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BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) - known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction
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Ethoxyquin - suspected of causing cancer
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Propylene glycol - causes the destruction of red blood cells

Some other things that may be added to bad dog food are:

Coloring agents
*Drying agents
*Flavoring agents
*Lubricants
*Texturizers

So who’s responsible? Who allows such practices to continue unabated? Who regulates the pet food industry? The answer is:

PFI – The Pet Food Institute
AAFCO – Association of American Feed Control Officials
FDA/CVM – The Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine [/b:]

These agencies profess standards and measures for dog food manufacturers to uphold, but they DO NOT have the authority to enforce them. Therefore, there are no assurances of the quality of ingredients that the major dog food manufacturers are putting into their bad dog food.

*At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health. For more information about bad dog food, and to shop for good dog food click here.

*This information was gathered from this site


message 2: by Katurah (new)

Katurah You seem to care about dogs a whole lot.... I like kitties and hamsters! But dogs are awesome!! I'm sure your a really nice doggy owner! :)


message 3: by Daniel (new)

Daniel I love hippos.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

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message 5: by Daniel (new)

Daniel i DO AREN'T THEY SO CUTE.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

yeah! =D
yeah, luckily the dog food that we buy for my dog is good for him
it's from trader joes!!!! =D


hypocrite clams... Yeah. We have this Moist-and-meaty brand of food that is really good for my ancient dogs.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Gretchen wrote: "yeah! =D
yeah, luckily the dog food that we buy for my dog is good for him
it's from trader joes!!!! =D"


yeah, are's is organic, but we shop at trader joe's a lot. :P


message 9: by Jean (new)

Jean Liota (gardenlady56) | 1 comments There are actually a lot of human-grade dog foods out there now: Innova and Wellness are two companies that I know of that make several types of holistic dog food. I'm sure there are differences among the brands, and there are probably other good manufacturers out there too. I'm not in any way an expert. But for anyone looking for healthier options for their dogs I say check these out.


message 10: by Erin (new)

Erin | 6 comments Just a comment about Nature's Recipe - we buy the Vegetarian Recipe for our dogs and it contains no fillers or by-products. While it doesn't claim to be vegan, it says there are no animal products or proteins in it.
V-Dog is a completely vegan dog food, but you have to order it online, at least I do and its rather inconvenient, so for now, my pups are just vegetarian.


message 11: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Be warned though dog do need some meet in there diets.
I am reading this Bad dog food book "Food Pets Die For" and do you know what I found out? The dog food we have been yousing is not safe ether. It has Copper sulfate in it witch cases a slew of bad thing for you pet. so after all the food is yoused up I am just going to make my own dog food.
You now in the book it says you can also feed you doges out meal and you can sprinkel some apples or cooked meat on top. Apples are very good for dogs, just do not feed the the seeds or the core or it will make them sick.


message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin | 6 comments I beg to differ. I've read several books about having vegan pets and have come to the conclusion, that just like humans, no one needs meat in their diet. As for the copper sulfate, I don't know much about it, but unfortunately, nothing is perfect. All I know is that my eldest dog Harry used to have seizures once a month like clockwork and since we changed his diet, he hasn't had one seizure.
You don't have to agree with me. But my husband and I don't purchase anything with animal products, dog food included.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

yeah! people can be vegetarians/vegans, i'm sure dogs can too.


message 14: by Kayla (new)

Kayla I have been doing the same thing I have been eating tofu instead of meat that's infested with hormones and all that stuff. But, people do need just a little meat in their diets because their is a vitamin it red meat that is found now were else and it has been proven to make your imunsystem work. That also proves just how close we really are to chimps. They are mostly vegetarians, but they do go on hunting parties and they will kill rival groups or other monkeys. And that just proves that even they need meat. Also seance dogs are so closelsy related to wolves they definatly need meat.


message 15: by Erin (new)

Erin | 6 comments Ok, Mattie, I realize that we aren't going to agree on this...and I'm fine with that. But your statement about people needing red meat because of a vitamin is entirely incorrect. The only vitamin meat contains that you cannot get from any vegetable source is B12. B12 is available as a supplement and is also in a product called Nutritional Yeast, which many vegans use to make sauces, etc. If you'd like to read up about veganism, I can recommend a few books. I just assumed since you started this thread and were a part of the global warming group that you were against all forms of animal cruelty....sorry if I assumed incorrectly.


message 16: by Max (new)

Max | 79 comments im a vegetarian and i totaly agree with erin... exept last centence was a little harsh.


message 17: by Max (new)

Max | 79 comments Leslie wrote: "yeah! people can be vegetarians/vegans, i'm sure dogs can too."

dogs cant be vegetarians. the make up of there jaw and teeth is specifically made for ripping and eating meat. they could technicly be vegetarians but it would be really hard to give them vitamins and they wouldnt b happy. humans can only be vegetarians because were omnivorous and even some regions people are manly carnivorous.


message 18: by Erin (new)

Erin | 6 comments I'll stop after this, but I do want everyone who cares to know that my dogs are extremely happy and healthy as vegetarians...and like I mentioned earlier, my 10yr old beagle/basset Harry used to have seizures and a slew of other health issues that have (so far) been completely eradicated by switching his diet. So please don't assume my dogs are being deprived of anything....If you are genuinely interested, there's a book called Obligate Carnivore that you can look into. And sorry if you think I was being harsh....I'm just very passionate about animals and veganism. Sometimes I forget that not everyone shares my views.


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