The Sickening Truth About Pet Food

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There is no such thing as a "healthy cheap" pet food, you get what you pay for there, however with that said price doesn't guarantee quality either. Many of the high priced brands sold in local stores and in the vets office are just as unhealthy as the cheap stuff. You need to start looking at the ingredients list and learn what they are putting in the bag.

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Pets should die from old age not from cancer and disease and especially NOT prematurely from what we feed them! Do you realize what you feed your pet directly impacts their health? If I am able to change the health of just one pet by educating their owner about pet food nutrition or better said, "lack" of it, I will feel that our Annie did not die in vane.

I only wish I had found this information sooner.

2000 - 2005

Everyone wants the best for their pet, right?

For me, this meant buying our pets the "premium" or "high priced" food at the local grocery or pet food store. If its expensive it must be good right? In July of 2006 our white German Shepherd Annie was diagnosed and died from cancer at age 5. Why her? I kept asking myself, she always seemed so healthy, and we did buy her the "expensive" food. What happened? She was very active and loved playing with her Frisbee, she was so full of life. I was shocked by a chilling statement our vet made after they put her to sleep, cancer, she said was the number one disease that they see in their office today. WHAT? But why?

After countless hours of research on the internet I found the answer, along with many other hidden and dark secrets the pet food industry is hiding inside those colorful bags of food with healthy looking pictures and catchy slogans printed on the outside.

The truth is most pet food companies today are just garbage bins, dumping grounds for anything and everything that is leftover from the food industry that is no longer fit for human consumption. Rendered animals, animal by-products and rancid restaurant grease are just a few of the nasty, NASTY, ingredients these companies are putting into your pets food instead of throwing them into the garbage can where they belong.

You owe it to yourself and to your pets to find out what you are really feeding them. Don't take my word for it, search this out for yourself. I was VERY disturbed at what I discovered.

As part of my research I wanted to find a company that made a truly healthy and nutritious pet food that I could feed my pets confidently knowing that it wasn't going to poison them to death. I ordered food from several different companies all with high quality ingredients and tried them. My pets and I were most impressed with this company, when I say my pets, I mean I put my own pets to the taste test wanting to know which food they preferred. My pets loved the taste of this food hands down over all the others that I purchased. I would randomly offer them several kinds at once and they always ate this food first, and as time passed they refused to eat the others and would wait to eat until I put this food down. Not wanting to waste the food they didn't care for I decided to mix a little of it in with this food to use it up. It was kind of humorous because they would pick around it eating the good stuff and leave it in the bowl. I have several friends with pets and I asked them to try this taste test to, they had the same results as I, so that settled it for me. With this under my belt I decided to become a rep and share this information with other pet owners who are in the same sinking boat I was. Poor quality food is a ticking time bomb in your pet. I urge you to order some free samples and see for yourself the quality of this food, there is a link below.

I hope you find this webpage helpful and informative, I thank you for taking the time to look it over.

If you have the stomach for it, my findings and the sickening truth about what is really in pet food is written a little further below.

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Life's Abundance pet foods is one the healthiest pet foods on the market today. Why are Life's Abundance Products Better?

They Use Ingredients that are Nutritious, Plain and Simple

Life's Abundance Premium Dog Food is made using only quality ingredients. It is a nutrient dense food with high quality meat proteins. Their products NEVER contain by-products, cheap hard to digest fillers and allergy causing ingredients like corn, wheat, dairy, gluten, artificial flavors, colors, sugars or artificial preservatives. They NEVER add flavor enhancers or coloring to replace what high-temperature cooking can destroy. Their food DOES contain Omega 3 fatty acids, powerful antioxidants from natural sources, probiotics (supplements that beneficially improve intestinal balance) and chelated minerals and all the natural taste your pet will love. Life's Abundance products are made weekly in smaller batches to insure you get the freshest food possible. These products have not been sitting around for months or even years like most other pet foods on the market today.

DON'T BE FOOLED by advertisements and TV commercials by pet food manufacturers who "claim" their foods are healthy. I've seen them and they do look convincing, BUT the bottom line is they can say what they want but if you take the time to actually look at the ingredients list you will see truth, the ingredient list on the bag tells the REAL truth. They are banking on you NOT taking the time to educate yourself and understand what the ingredients really are. People today are getting more and more health conscious when it comes to themselves and their families but what about their pets? Without proper nutrition they are targets of sickness and disease just as we are. I have always been a very health conscious person but honestly never thought much about what I was feeding my pets until now. This is the third pet that I have owned that has died prematurely from disease. I have always fed my pets the popular high priced supermarket food thinking they were the most nutritious on the market. You owe it to your pet to find out exactly what you are feeding them.

The following information is very disturbing.
 It is the result of countless hours I spent researching this subject. There is a lot of information written below, I hope you will take the time read it.

The Sickening Truth About Pet Food

What is in most dog food today?

It's a question many of us don't think about. We see nice pictures of whole grains, prime cuts of meat and human grade vegetables on our pets food bag and assume there is some chef in a pet food kitchen cooking up the best food for our beloved pets.

Unfortunately this is far from the truth, More than 95% of US pets derive their nutritional needs from a single source, processed pet foods. When people think of pet food many envision whole chicken meat, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains and all the nutrition that their dog or cat would ever need, images that pet food manufacturers promote in their advertisements and print on their food bags. What these companies do not reveal is that instead of wholesome chicken meat, they have substituted chicken heads, feet, feathers and intestines. Those choice cuts of beef are really cow brains, tongues, esophagi, fetal tissue dangerously high in hormones and even diseased and cancerous meat. Those whole grains have had the starch removed for corn starch powder and the oil extracted for corn oil or they are just hulls and other remnants from the milling process. Grains used that are truly whole have usually been deemed unfit for human consumption because of mold, contaminants, poor quality or poor handling practices. Pet food is one of worlds most synthetic edible products, containing virtually no whole ingredients.

The pet food industry is an 11 billion dollar a year, unregulated operation that feeds on the garbage that otherwise would and should end up in a landfill. Pet food manufacturers have become masters at getting pets to eat things they would normally turn their nose up at.

Pet food scientists have learned that it's possible to take a mixture of inedible garbage, fortify it with artificial vitamins and minerals, preserve it so it can sit on the grocery shelf for more than a year, add dyes to make it attractive and then extrude it into whimsical shapes, making it appealing to us humans so we will purchase it. Unfortunately what makes up most of dog and cat food today comes from the rendering plant. To render, as defined in Webster's Dictionary, is to process as for industrial use; to render livestock carcasses and to extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting. Some things that go into rendering are:

      * Road kill that can't be buried on the roadside.

      * The "4-D's" of cattle; dead, dying, diseased and disabled

      * Rancid restaurant grease

      * Euthanized pets, this is NO joke! (I talk more about this later in the article)

When chickens, lambs, cattle, pigs and other animals are slaughtered for food, usually only the lean muscle is cut off for human consumption. This leaves about 50% of a carcass left over. These leftovers are what become what we so commonly find on pet food labels such as "meat and bone meal" or "by-products". So basically what pets are eating are lungs, ligaments, bones, blood and intestines.

When dead animals from pastures are picked up, they may not be rendered for up to a week after they have died. Because of this it is estimated that E. coli bacteria contaminates more than 50% of meat materials. The rendering process destroys the E. coli bacteria, but it does not eliminate the endotoxins bacteria that is released when they die. These endotoxins, which can cause sickness and disease, are not tested for by pet food manufacturers.

Slaughterhouses where cattle, pigs, lambs and other animals meet their fate provide more fuel for rendering. After slaughter, heads, feet, skin, hair, feathers, carpel and tarsal joints and mammary (milking) glands are removed. This material is sent to rendering. Animals that have died on their way to slaughter are also rendered. Cancerous tissue, tumors and worm infested organs are rendered. Injection sites, blood clots and any other inessential parts are rendered. Stomach and 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.

At the rendering plant, slaughterhouse material, supermarket refuse, rancid restaurant grease, dead livestock, road kill and euthanized pets are dumped into huge containers. A machine slowly grinds the entire mess. After it is chipped or shredded, it is cooked at 220 - 270 degrees F. for approximately 20 minutes to one hour. The grease or tallow rises to the top where it is removed from the mixture. This is the source of animal fat in most pet foods on the market today. The remaining material, the raw, is then put into a press where the moisture is squeezed out, we now have the meat and bone meal that is added to most pet foods today.

Animals wouldn't normally eat this stuff in the wild, so why will they eat it out of their bowls? Their noses are tricked by the smell of it. Pet food manufacturers are masters at getting a pet to eat something they would normally turn their nose up at.

These flavors usually come from rancid restaurant grease, you know from those big dumpsters you see in the back parking lot. This grease is often outside for weeks, exposed to extreme temperatures with no regard for its future use. The rancid grease is then picked up by fat blenders who mix the animal and vegetable fats together, stabilize them with powerful antioxidants to prevent further spoilage, then they sell it to pet food manufacturers. Rancid, heavily preserved fats are extremely difficult to for animals to digest and can lead to a host of pet health problems including digestive upsets, diarrhea, gas and bad breath. These fats are sprayed directly onto the kibble or nuggets to make an otherwise distasteful product palatable.

Two thirds of the pet food manufactured in the US today contain synthetic preservatives, of the remaining one third, 90% includes ingredients already stabilized by synthetic preservatives. Be wary of pet foods that advertise as preservative free, if they using animal by-products or ingredients that have been rendered they will mostly like contain preservatives. Pet food manufacturers are not required to list preservatives they themselves have not added. Here are some of the chemical preservatives that are used in pet food today:

      *BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - known to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      *BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) - known to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      *Ethoxyquin - suspected of causing cancer

      *Propylene glycol (also used as automotive antifreeze) causes destruction of red blood cells

Other Cheap Fillers

Once considered a filler by the pet food industry, the amount of grain products, especially corn, used in pet food has risen sharply over the last decade to where it is usually one or two of the top three ingredients. For instance one Purina brand lists ground yellow corn, poultry by-products and corn gluten meal as its top three ingredients. Notice that two of the three ingredients are corn based products from the same source. This is an industry practice know as splitting. When components of the same ingredient are listed separately (ground yellow corn and corn gluten meal) it appears that there is less corn then poultry-by products, when it truth the corn ingredients when added together may weigh more then the chicken by-products.

Are there really euthanized pets in pet food?

Unfortunately when a vet tells a grieving pet owner they will "take care" of their dead loved one, they usually mean sending it off with a disposal company for rendering. This is all perfectly legal. Many veterinarians and especially shelters don't have the money to bury or cremate animals. I know from personal experience that cremation is not cheap and fees can start at $110 and go up from there depending on what options you choose.

A rendering plant employee was quoted as saying to a reporter in Sacramento, "thousands and thousands of pounds of dogs and cats are picked up and brought here everyday". Although many in the pet food industry deny they use euthanized animals, proof that the practice goes on continues to surface. Research done on rendering plants that sell meat to pet food companies found that the rendering plants accept everything from road kill, dead zoo animals and euthanized pets from both shelters and veterinary clinics. One such plant was found to have rendered 11 tons of dogs and cats in one week! Another plant in California reported processing an average of 200 ton of dogs and cats per month.

In the 1990's veterinarians began reporting to the FDA/CVM that the drug they used for anesthetizing and euthanizing pets, sodium pentobarital, seemed to be losing its effectiveness. This prompted the CVM to research the cause. In 1998 they went about testing dry dog food containing the ingredients meat and bone meal, animal digest and animal fat. They found the drug sodium pentobarital in 31 of the 37 pet foods tested. They concluded that animals were becoming immune to the drug from eating food laced with sodium pentobarbital, and the likely source of the chemical was euthanized animals.

The Unfortunate Reality is...

Huge food manufacturers use pet food companies as a cheap and profitable way of disposing of the waste from their human food manufacturing plants. Here is a list of some of these companies and the pet foods they manufacture:

      * Nestle: Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Mighty Dog, Purina

      * Heinz: 9 lives, Amore, Gravy Train, Kibbles-n-Bits, Nature's Recipe

      * Colgate-Palmolive: Hill's Science Diet

      * Proctor & Gamble: Iams, Eukanuba

      * Mars: Kal Kan, Mealtime, Sheba, Waltman's

Below are ingredient comparison charts that I complied of some well know pet foods on the market today. I think you will be surprised at the lack of nutrition these foods actually have.

Pet Food Comparison Charts

I have compiled a dog and cat food comparison chart listing some of the more popular pet food brands on the market today and listed the "less" desirable ingredients in red.

This information was taken directly off each brands website where the information is readily available. Keep in mind that ingredients are listed in descending order by weight just as human food, meaning the ingredient listed first is the ingredient that is used the most or makes up most of the food and so forth. For example if corn is listed once (or twice with some brands) as one of the first three ingredients that is much less desirable then if it was listed as the eighth ingredient.

I've included a glossary following the charts that explains each of the undesirable ingredients.

The best way to determine the quality of your pets food is to carefully read and understand the labels. While reading the label ask yourself the following questions, does the food use high quality ingredients? Is there a quality meat source as one of the first two ingredients instead of a by-product?

If you love your pet and value their heath I hope you will take this information to heart or better yet take some time to do a little research of your own so you can see the truth for yourself. We were shocked at how much information there was on this subject and how easy it was to find. We only wished for our pets sake we had found this information sooner.

Dog Food

Life's Abundance
Chicken meal, ground brown rice, oat groats, chicken fat, dried beet pulp, brewers dried yeast, flax seed meal, natural flavors

Eukanuba Adult
Chicken, chicken-by product meal, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, brewers rice, chicken fat, ground whole grain barley, dried beet pulp

Iams ProActive Chunks
Chicken, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken by-product meal, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor (don't say what its from), chicken fat

Kibbles N Bits Original
Corn, soybean meal,� wheat flour, beef and bone meal, animal fat, ground wheat flour, animal fat BHA used as preservatives, corn syrup, wheat middlings

Pedigree Complete Nutrition
Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, ground whole wheat, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), wheat mill run (wheat middlings), chicken by-product meal, natural flavor

Pro-Pak Adult Chunk
Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, chicken fat, rice flour, dried beet pulp, natural flavoring, flaxseed, yeast culture

 Purina Beneful Original
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow, rice flour, soy flour

Purina Dog Chow Complete Formula
Ground yellow corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, animal digest

Science Diet Adult
Chicken, ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain wheat, chicken by product meal, soybean meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat

Cat Food

Life's Abundance
Chicken meal, ground brown rice, chicken fat, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), egg product, catfish meal, brewers dried yeast, chicken liver meal

Eukanuba Adult Cat Formula
Chicken, chicken by-product meal, corn meal, corn grits, animal fats, dried beet pulp, dried egg product, natural flavor

Flint River Ranch Adult and Kitten Formula
Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, lamb meal, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, ground whole wheat, dried brewers yeast, fish meal, corn germ meal

Iams ProActive Adult
Chicken, chicken by-product meal, corn grits, ground whole grain sorghum, corn meal, chicken fat, fish meal, dried beet pulp

Pro-Pac Adult Formula
Chicken meal, rice flour, ground yellow corn, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp, fish meal, dried egg product

Purina One Smartblend
Chicken, brewers rice, corn gluten, poultry by-products, wheat flour, animal fat, wheat gluten, animal fat

Science Diet Adult
Chicken by-product meal, brewer's rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, powdered cellulose, chicken liver flavor, soybean oil, animal fat


Animal Digest: This is the dry by-product of rendered meat. During rendering, all usable animal parts (including fetal tissues and glandular wastes) are heated in vats and the liquid is separated from the dry meal. This meal is covered with charcoal and labeled "unfit for human consumption" before processing it into pet food.

Animal Fat and Tallow: Animal fat is a "generic" fat source that is most often made up of rendered animal fat, rancid restaurant grease or other oils that are deemed inedible for humans. Tallow is low quality hard white fat that most animals find hard to digest.

Brewers Rice: A processed rice that is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice and brown rice. This is not a high quality ingredient, just much cheaper then whole grain rice.

Cellulose: Dried wood is the most common source for cellulose, it is processed into fine powder and used to add bulk and consistency to cheap pet foods. Good for termites maybe but not dogs and cats.

Chemical Preservatives: Chemical preservatives include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used in automotive antifreeze and is suspected of causing red blood cell damage) and ethoxquin (suspected of causing cancer), are all potentially cancer causing agents that your pets are eating every day.

Chicken By-products: These are ground parts from poultry carcasses such as feet, heads, feathers, intestines, necks and undeveloped eggs and can included any rendered material.

Corn Products: Corn products including corn meal, gluten and grits are cheap, allergy causing fillers and are very difficult for animals to digest.

Flavors: Manufacturers rarely give any details about what they are using for flavoring especially whether its made from a natural or chemical substance.

Food Fragments: Lower end by-products of the food manufacturing process, examples include wheat bran and brewers rice which are a waste product of the alcohol industry.

Ground Whole Grain Sorghum: The feed value of grain sorghum is similar to corn and is grown primarily as a feed grain for livestock.

Meat and Bone Meal: Meat and bone meal or beef and bone meal are inexpensive sources of animal protein. The protein in a meal containing a large amount of bone may not be digestible and fail to provide adequate nutrition.

Meat Based: A label that say "meat based" may also include blood vessels, tendons, organs and other parts of the rendered animal.

Meat By-products: Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts not desired or not fit for human consumption. This can include organs, bones, blood and fatty tissue. It can also include brains, feet, heads, intestines and any other internal parts. Unbelievably, by-products can also contain cancerous or diseased tissue containing parasites.

Soy Meal and Flour: Material left after the oil has been removed from the soybean usually by a mechanical or solvent extraction process. Much of the nutritional value is lost during this process. Almost all soy used today is GMO.

Wheat Middlings: An inexpensive byproduct of food processing, commonly referred to as "floor sweepings" Its another inexpensive filler with no real nutritional value.

Take a look for yourself

Below are links to some of the more popular pet foods on the market today, take a look for yourself and what they have listed as their ingredients.

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I have noticed recently as I checked out some of these major pet food manufacturers and some other not so major websites that they have chosen change their way of listing the ingredients for their products on their websites. They use to list them just as they would be shown on the ingredient list on the food bag, Now I'm seeing on many sites where they are NOT showing the exact ingredient list from the bag, but are only showing some of the ingredients used in the food and not in any particular order so they are trying you deceive by how they are presenting the ingredients and not being honest of what makes up those ingredients, some show those nice fresh cuts of prime meat and fresh veggies as they state their ingredients. My question is why would a pet food manufacturer want to hide or be deceiving on what they put into their foods unless they have something to hide. A true quality pet food manufacturer would NEVER do this, they are proud of what there are doing, let this be a RED flag! to everyone! Any company that makes a high quality pet food will NEVER be vague on what is being used to make it. NEVER!

This is proof to me that the heat is on and these crappy, pet food manufacturers are feeling at hit in their pocket books and are trying yet another tactic to save their sales.

You can go to websites like petsmart.com and others that sell a variety of pet food and search for brands there, those site will almost always list the ingredients when the actual manufacturers won't.

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