Do you really know what’s in your dog’s food? If you are feeding a commerically made dog food, you probably do not know.
One of the best websites to learn more about the food you use for your pet is:
In general we strongly advise that you don’t buy anything from a supermarket or discount store. The products sold there are not from quality sources and may not be the best choice for your pet. This includes dog food and treats.
Learn about the food that you feed your pets as it can make the difference between a healthy, happy pet and one that is just existing.
Here is a list of great articles on the pet food industry:
If you believe that your dog is allergic to a type of food, contact Dr. Jean Dodds at HemoPet www.hemopet.com to order her test that your vet can do.
This appears to be the newest marketing claim for carrageenan, the gum used to mold together a moist pet food might provide your pet protection from a cold. The marketing neglects to mention that carrageenan might also cause serious intestinal issues and possibly even cancer.
Almost seven and a half years of taxpayer money has been spent investigating jerky treats imported from China. Why has more than 1000 dogs died the treats? What is the cause of dog, cat and human illness linked to the Chinese pet treats? The FDA still doesn’t know. Another update, no answers.
This article was written on May 10, 2014, before Petsmart announced that they two companies would finally stop selling China sourced and/or made pet treats. They both have known for years that these treats could make pets sick or die. Neither chain will be stopping in the near future as they want to sell out what they have in stock before they stop selling these products. Showing that making money on these products is more important than your pets health and well being.
and what do they do for your dog?
One aspect of pet food that many dog owners find mystifying is regulation. Some pet owners and stores believe that AAFCO, The Association of American Feed Control Officials, is responsible for approving pet foods but in fact this isn’t the case. Here are a few facts to help you understand what AAFCO does and does not do to protect you and your dog.