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Try the fridge! Dog food labels don't list melamine and USDA permits killer ingredients like growth hormones, propylene glycol, and...
May 2015 Update | TheDogPress.com
Col. Sam Harper, Dogsport Reconnaissance
2007 I warned you about pet foods contaminated with melamine from China. Plastic plates are made of
melamine and it causes crystal formation which can lead to kidney failure.
You might think that was a fluke but
you'd be wrong. Today the big deal in dog food is sweet potatoes - but
damned if they don't cause kidney stones! We hope that officials are watching the human food chain
but truth is, the melamine disaster was confirmed in livestock feeds, not by
USDA, no, it was the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
I told you to look in the refrigerator
for your pet's next meal but today I'm warning you that what's in some foods can
be deadly when eaten every day!
The skyrocketing rate of kidney problems
in our best buds is significant. I'm not a veterinarian but common sense
and a sharp eye got me home from the jungle so here's the deal. Healthy things
you and I occasionally eat can be bad news if your
dog eats it every day.
Day after day.
Is any pet food safe and if not, what should I feed my dog?
My observation is that it is probably
safer to feed your dog those much maligned "table scraps." In other parts
of the world, dogs pretty much live on garbage. But hey, table scraps are
not just the fat you cut off and shove to one side of your plate. Feed the
dog some vegetables and if you don't want to share that steak, give him cooked fish or pork,
and raw beef or chicken!
melamine disaster, today I'm telling you about about excess
oxalate in pet food. We'll
blame it on two things: first, it is cheaper and second, the dog food makers
have convinced dog owners that carnivores need vegetables. Yeah, and most
of us fell for that! You and I have to depend on ourselves to know when
too much of a good thing is too much but your dog depends on you! Too much
sweet potato (cheap filler) and stuff that reads good on the pet food label
(like beets and parsley) are likely responsible for the increase in canine kidney
Like a lot of gov'ment
agencies, USDA and FDA are sadly inefficient until problems are reported and confirmed. Reminds me of car companies passing a new model off the assembly line and letting
consumers be the inspector. If they survive the accelerator sticking,
fuel line leakage, or faulty brakes, the makers just settle the lawsuit, send out
a notice to take your car to the dealer, and everything's cool.
It's the same way
in dog food. Cost efficiency. Do we believe that dog food manufacturers are scrambling to ascertain product safety? If they are using quality ingredients and product testing
before distribution, then why are dogs dying from what they eat?
We know that the most obvious way to protect your dog from unsafe ingredients is to feed it
"people food" and a lot of pet owners and even some
dog breeders are doing just
that. So I'm not the only one staring into my
refrigerator when my dog gives me that look. Writing for a dog publication has taught me a lot and my daughter makes me stay
informed. Actually, she informs me all the time, incessantly, and
I get it. I can feed Bozo anything from a
structured BARF (biologically available raw food) diet to
"healthy" table food. The problem is feeding tasty tidbits of starch, sugar, or fats from the table.
And I get it, most dog owners weigh the convenience of dishing out dog food with deciding what to feed
dietary balance on home made pet food.
For the determined dog owner "What to
feed?" can be solved with just a little research and applying that to feeding a natural diet of meat,
poultry, fish, green vegetables, and eggs. Don't be afraid you'll miss
something on the long pet food ingredients list. Most of that
unpronounceable stuff is just preservatives or chemical forms of vitamins they had
to add to make garbage nutritious. Just kidding, but look, everything your
dog needs is in that chunk of beef, drumstick, pork roast, fish and, yeah, I'm
going to use that word, hormone-free dairy products.
The key to safe "canine nutrition" is
A note for "indoor dog" owners. Does
your dog have access to unpolluted grass? Wild carnivores get vegetation from the stomach contents of their prey. Domestic dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles
need fresh grasses and herbs as part of a balanced diet. Provide your high rise pet
with a tiny patio garden with fresh non-toxic
grass, meaning no recently applied fertilizer or pesticides. That probably
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