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What To Feed Your Pet
... when faith in 'the system' has flown the coop!
by Sam Harper
The investigation into melamine-contaminated wheat gluten and rice protein imported from China continues.
Melamine (the stuff plastic plates are made of) causes crystal formation which can lead to kidney failure.
Officials are also watching the human food chain but to date, there have been no reports of melamine contamination.
That doesn't mean we're safe.
Melamine was just found in livestock feeds as confirmed by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
So far, pig farms in six states are under quarantine, and pork prices have shot up in the supermarket due to anticipated scarcity.
For pet owners, there are really only two questions:
1. How did this happen?
2. What can I do to protect my pet now?
Answers to the first question are Overwhelmingly complex and still incomplete, and we are all watching current reports as they come in.
Most people believe the FDA protects us from unsafe medicines and foods and to some extent, this is true. But not so in other arenas.
As proven by the current disaster, there is little if any monitoring of pet food until a problem is reported.
Pets continue to die even as manufacturers scramble to ascertain product safety, but we must also accept personal responsibility for what we feed our pets.
That leads us to the second question. The most obvious way to protect your pet from unsafe ingredients is to feed it "people food"
Many breeders and owners do just that.
It may be anything from table food to a structured BARF (biologically available raw food) diet. The problems are a tendency to include tidbits of starch, sugar, or fats from the table; inconvenience; and achieving proper dietary balance.
For the determined owner; these problems can be
solved by research and through feeding a natural
diet of meat, poultry, fish, green vegetables, and
grade foodstuffs or predominantly organic ingredients, as well as info on where to obtain these foods!
A "pet food and nutritional
section" has been assembled by
TheDogPlace.org, one of the web's oldest,
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We at the National Pet Press will continue to work with you to help keep them that way!
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