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Feed Human Grade Pet Food Not Soylent Green

It's A Dog Eat Dog Menu

"Soylent Green is people" Charlton Heston screamed, running through the streets of a futuristic NYC in the prophetic 1972 film of the same name. He had just discovered the food being fed a starving metropolis was made out of rendered people. Guess what! Commercial pet food and much livestock feed is made of a contemporary Soylent Green: dog eating dog, cat eating cat and cow eating cow.

In '97 the FDA banned rendered protein a la Soylent Green yet commercial production continues as never before. And now the FDA/ CVM and AAFCO has produced a 2007 ruling that designates commercial pet food the dumping ground for animal-waste including everything from slaughterhouse leavings to euthanized pets from animal shelters etc. The implications are staggering as incidents of salmonella, e-coli poisoning and emerging diseases are on the rise.

"There is no requirement that pet foods have pre-market approval by FDA." The FDA website states the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) "establishes standards applicable for all animal feeds" which includes proper identification of the product and listing of ingredients. It goes on to say "If scientific data are presented that show a health risk to animals of an ingredient or additive, CVM can act to prohibit or modify its use in pet food." Their statements suggest a serious oversight of the pet food industry. Not so! Their existence is meaningless. They stand for nothing.

Rendering plants are the heart of commercial pet food production. These plants produce raw protein by cooking animals such as discarded carcasses, downed livestock, waste from poultry plants and euthanized pets for several days at high temperatures and then puffing the brew into various kibbles that are sprayed with grease from nasty tallow-fats to make them palatable. These toxic kibbles are found at chain-stores where the greasy odor wafts across aisles surrounding the pet food section.

According to an employee of Sacramento Rendering: "Thousands of pounds of cats and dogs are picked up and brought here everyday" for processing into meal. Imagine the amount of sodium-pentobarbital and other pharmaceuticals passed on to Fluffy. It would be interesting to learn if FDA/CVM veterinarians receive incentives from meal and by-products industries. We already know vet clinics receive a stipend for all the Science Diet sold from their offices. Why else would most vets recommend Science Diet, ranked lower than Whiskas and Purina?

AAFCO has no authority to enforce any standards and they have no standards to enforce. This is apparent by their support of the '07 FDA ruling that says "specific risk materials" (SRM) in the guise of "by-products" can only be used in pet food. This garbage should not be used anywhere! It's considered imperative to keep SRM out of human food via livestock feed - yet rendering plants are known to throw all raw meat into the same rendering 'pots' used for livestock feed - along with drugs, pesticides, salmonella, flea collars, bad meat in plastic wrappers and manures of every description including human sewage sludge. It is a totally unregulated industry from which hundreds of tons of this "Soylent Green" are shipped out to feed pets and livestock. Humans that eat commercial-meat are getting their dose of soylent via livestock feed. When "by-product", "digest" or "meal" appears in the ingredients list of commercial pet food it must be avoided.

Bad Chemicals:
Most of us think of veterinarians as Fluffy's protectors. Yet policy makers at the FDA/CVM allow possible disease causing chemicals into pet food. BHA is used to preserve oil and fats. At high levels it is known to cause cancer in mice, hamsters etc. Animal Protection Institute associates it with stomach and urinary tract cancer.

Hill's Science Diet is the biggest user of the very worse preservative Ethoxyquin (EQ). Veterinarians continue to line their office walls with the foul stuff and recommend it to clients for various cat and dog diseases. EQ is a rubber stabilizer-insecticide similar to Agent Orange and travels from Monsanto labeled with skull & crossbones and the word "poison." EQ is not listed in ingredients when included in fish meal. Much is found on the internet regarding these preservatives. Read labels.

Propylene Glycol is a petroleum product used as antifreeze, brake fluid, de-icing fluids etc. It is approved by the FDA as a food additive and widely used in pet foods to adjust viscosity and keep materials in solution by absorbing water which it continues to do after ingestion. It decreases the moisture content in the intestines, a bad idea particularly in dry, desert environments. It is banned from cat food but is still used in canned dog food. Poor woofers! Material Safety Data Sheets claim it may cause changes in EEG and central nervous system depression.

Human Grade Food:
There are many alternatives to toxic commercial cat and dog food brands and I'm hopeful it will have a positive effect on your cat or dog's behavior. I make homemade dog food using Dr. Harvey's Canine Health dehydrated mix as the base to which is added organic chicken thighs (or other organic meat), Probiotics, Omega 3 Oil and minerals. An abundance of wonderful dry, human grade mixes for dogs and cats is available and several include a dried meat source. Some of the best dog food can be found at the following companies on the internet: Honest Kitchen, Ziwi Peak(with meat), Europa(no grains), Peak Waggers Gourmet and Sojo's European Style. Dr. Harvey's is one of the most economical.

There's a wide range of prepared human grade food but one must do the research because AAFCO, in control of wording on packaging, doesn't allow human grade to appear on the outside of the package, but it does appear in the content of company websites. Be sure to check labels even if your pet food states "organic dog food" or "natural beef". When it is not mentioned, it might not be human grade. I suggest some of the following: California Natural (economical), Canidae, Wellness, Timberwolf and Eagle Pack and there are many others.

Feeding the same food month after month is not advised. Humans need variety and so do our pets, for both emotional and physiological reasons. And it's good to remember cats are very different from dogs. They never really lose their wild-needs, a sensitivity that should be honored for their good health. Big jungle hunters thrive on raw food and must have taurine.

Don't confuse "human grade" with labels such as "premium", "super premium", "ultra premium", "natural", or "gourmet". The FDA makes it clear on p4 of "Pet Food Labels" at their website that these labels mean nothing.: "They are not required to contain any different or higher quality ingredients." It is plain to see human grade is the only way to avoid meal, by-products, animal digest, ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT. Family members deserve better than Soylent Green.

General Care:
Disease and chronic illness are on the rise in the pet population. A general consensus among published alternative vets blames deteriorating health on the breakdown of the immune system caused by gross overuse of vaccines, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and scanky commercial pet food.

Become involved in the wellness process, do the research and rely more on alternative DVMs. You'll learn that alternative Docs advise against more than one set of vaccinations and you never give them at the same time as a spay or neuter. It's too much of a shock to the system. Unfortunately the average veterinarian usually recommends giving the whamaroo, everything at once treatment because it is much more convenient and profitable for them.

When an anti-inflammatory drug such as Prednisone is advised check out Vaxamine, a natural substance made from frankincense. You can find it for pets (including cats) and for humans. The only difference between the two is the flavoring in the pet products. It has created a miracle for my pets and everyone else I've recommended it to. If you are uncertain and have questions, speak to the veterinarian, Dave Biehl at doc@heartlandvetsupply and he will share his personal experiences with Vaxamine.

Keep an eye on your pet's poop; make it a daily routine. It's the best way to determine Snoopie's general health.

 

 

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