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Dog Kibble

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

okay, so this is what my vet told me:

during the war (i didn't ask which war, i assumed ww1) the president wanted to have people's pets destroyed because they didn't have enough food and humans needed the food. someone said, "if we can create food for the animals without using human grade products, will you be happy with that?". and so, they created kibble out of all the yuck of the killing room floor. hooves, hair, blood and other things i'd prefer not to envision.

so, i know that they have improved the ingredients, but, alot of those foods out there are still containing meat and bone meal, pork flavor, animal digest (ew, what's that?). how abut chicken by products and of course, no food is complete without high fructose corn syrup. then they spray the resulting kibble with flavoring to make it palatable to the dog.

and part of me thinks, hmm, my dog will eat horse poop and his own vomit. they're not exactly connoisseurs. but, just as i would never feed my kid lucky charms and count chocula for breakfast just because he likes it, i would rather feed my dog something better.

because i feel we should do the best we can with the knowledge we have at the time and now is a time when i am learning so much about nutrition, that i would be remiss if i didn't take a serious look at my pets' foods as well.

right now, my dog's and cat eat a 5 star pet food that is made of free range ingredients, no wheat or grains and made fairly locally. can i do better? i don't know. but, for today, i am aware and interested in doing more research.

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    I feed my dog and cat frozen raw diet with no chemicals. Costs a little more, but if it keeps them healthy it's a great trade off and they LOVE it! Nothings ever left in my little guy's bowl!
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    I cant buy high $ stuff but my dogs get left overs a lot, they seem to love those.
    2248 days ago
    I think I'd like to be your dog if Reincarnation is true.
    2248 days ago
    I have cats but it's exactly the same question. I would bet a bunch of money that our pets are sickly for the same reason their owners are - processed foods instead of mousies and such.

    Dry food is so convenient and cheap, it's hard sometimes to justify the steep difference in cost to good quality food, but, then again, vet bills are expensive too. And who wants to see their little buddies suffering with poor quality of life as they inevitably age?

    I have yet to visit this local store, but I've linked to the site a couple of times because they have a great listing of many of the top quality pet foods out there:

    2248 days ago
    Never knew.

    I think my dog is eating okay, but I will look closer before my next purchase.
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