QUESTION: Can you define what you mean when you say “CLEAN FOOD”?
It is not a short answer. But please read the whole definition so that you all can take charge of your pets nutrition. Your veterinarian, unless he or she has a degree in animal clinical nutrition and has researched nutrition, does not know the answer to this. They only know what the dog/cat food company tells them. Companies like Iams, Science Diet, Purina, Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies and more. So, hold on to your hats and read on!
The term “rendering plants and processing” mean renderers” receive dead stock, by removal companies, who bring dead, diseased farm animals, zoo animals, decaying road-kill, maggots and all, restaurant and grocery store garbage, including styrofoam trays, plastic wrap, rancid grease from restaurants and hundreds of thousands of EUTHANIZED dogs and cats, (companion animals) some with flea collars still attached! The “5 D’s” dead, dying, diseased, disabled, or drugged are animals with cancerous tissues or tumors, livers infested with worms (flukes), cirrhosis, animals that have died with pneumonia in their lungs, animals bowels, feces, and even fetal tissue which is dangerously high in hormones are rendered. Any animal carcasses with high levels of drugs, steroids or pesticides in excess of limits described by the FDA and NOT FIT to be processed for human consumption are also rendered into our pet’s food! Meat rejected by slaughter houses and sent to the rendering plant must first be saturated with chemicals or charcoal called “denatured” a procedure designed to make it unpalatable to humans, ensuring it cannot be re-sold as human grade meat. This is sold in dried or frozen form to dog food companies to be put into our pets food and fertilizers companies to be spread on our lawns. If you ever have the opportunity to watch “Dirty Jobs” “A Look Inside A Rendering Plant” on TV please do. This might make it more “real” to you. And the “wholesome grains” we read about on the package or hear about in their commercials are really just the hulls or remnants swept up off of the factory floor. Corn, for instance, the starch is removed for corn starch powder and the oil is extracted for corn oil. IF… a “whole grain” is really used, it has been deemed “unfit for human consumption” because of mold, contaminants, or poor quality. It is no wonder most pet food recalls are due to toxic grains like wheat and corn! Grains are used to increase the percentage of protein in the analysis Grains are also highly indigestible causing stress on kidneys and a major allergen to animals. And we wonder why our pets itch, have hot spots, eye problems, dirty ears and ear infections, bouts of diarrhea, bowel problems, liver and kidney problems and hip/elbow dysplesia. Other unwanted ingredients like pesticides and insecticides get into the mix by way of poisoned livestock and fish oil laced with DDT or other poisonous herbicides that are found in West Coast mackerel and tuna. Seventy years ago dog food companies did not exist. In the beginning they started out by making a good convenient product. Now, it’s become junk food for our pets, in my opinion. But don’t panic! There are a few “clean” foods out there. The key is in reading the label and finding out if they claim that their food is “human grade”. A few examples are Wellness, Orijen, Timberwolf, Honest Kitchen, Oma’s, and Stella’s & Chewey’s. There are several more but these are my first choices. Hope this helps!
Regards, Karen :~)