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A Pet Food Review of 2016

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  1. Joan H

    All I can say is “thank you.” Without your work and your newsletters, I’d be totally uninformed and probably still feeding ProPlan.

    1. Jane Eagle

      Agreed! I’ve said it before: Susan, you save more dogs than any rescue <3

  2. Suzanne Clothier

    Thank you Susan for your diligent work. I make sure to share this site and urge people to support all you do. You have made a difference for so many, though I suspect you’ll never fully know the reach of your efforts. Onwards to 2017!

  3. Amy

    Whew! Tip of the iceberg. More to come…

  4. Anthony Hepton.

    Susan, First let me thank you for all you have done in the past year, we have been able to get FDA/CVM to admit that they will continue to use pet food as a disposal site for animal waste that does not meet THEIR requirements of safety. Purina has recently contacted me regarding the death of my dear friend Maggie and are looking once again at the Vet’s report regarding her death.I do not expect any new conclusions but I did offer to supply them with a sample of her food to determine whether the endotoxin levels were sufficiently high to cause the symptoms that were reported by the Vet. I doubt that they will conduct such an analysis as any positive result will reveal that no safe level of endotoxin has been established, consequently, any finding will be in violation of FDA regulations.
    I am sure we will continue to be in touch in the New Year, I wish you the very best, Tony.

    1. Pacific Sun

      Apologies if this point has been missed along the line. But are endotoxins present in canned food, but not in kibble? And if so, why is there this difference? I just think bacteria residue in a pet food product is criminal. While a dog can probably handle an incidental amount (unlike people) a steady diet of it has got to have a cumulative effect … correct?

      Thank YOU for the work you’ve done in this area! Couple years ago, nobody was even talking about this issue!

    2. Mrs. Thomas

      Mr. Hepton,

      I hope this isn’t inappropriate, I wanted to tell you how sorry I am that Maggie died. It’s heartbreaking enough when we lose our furry companions to death naturally, but absolutely unconscionable their death occurs due to the corruption and greed of a company.

      Like you, I too am grateful to Ms. Thixton for her hard work and steadfastly working to expose fraud, abuse and hold companies and the FDA responsible for abhorrent animal food manufacturing practices. The information she imparts is invaluable.

      Kind regards,

      Sara

  5. brit

    it appears that the only safe food is home cooked food as so many recalls on raw and bagged, glad I cook for mine 🙂

    1. Robin

      I TOTALLY AGREE. IT IS A SHAME THAT BENEFUL DOG FOOD DONE SO MUCH DAMAGE AND THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT. WE HAVE HAD TO COOK FOR OUR BABY BECAUSE OF HIS HEALTH CONDITION WE CAUGHT IN TIME. WITH ALL OF HIS PROBLEMS HE IS NOW ON THYROID MEDS AND ALLEGERY MEDS. HIS SKIN IS FINALLY BACK TO NORMAL AND HE HAS ALL HIS FUR BACK. THE DYES AND CHEMICALS JUST ABOUT KILLED HIM. YOU COULD SEE THE PAIN IN HIS EYES. IT IS A SHAME WHAT THEY PUT IN DOG FOOD JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE A DOG. WELL I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, THEY ARE MORE HUMAN THAN SOME TWO LEGGED PEOPLE I KNOW!

  6. Batzion

    Susan, your efforts are so much appreciated. I sometimes don’t know how you do it. Thank you so much, and Happy New Year!

  7. Eve

    Hi Guys need helpwith this one. What do you say to a pet owner who adamantly believes that science fiet dental biscuits clean cats teeth. I know this pet owner has been hoodwinked but why are her cats teeth ckean???? They eat “norhing” but this dangeroys volitile so called food. One kitty is 2 the other is 5. I suspect its the chicals stripping teeth enamel but Vets ssy cats just swslliw so how vould it possible to clean teeth?????Thanks

  8. Karrie Kamke

    We can’t thank you enough. Please know I take every opportunity to share as much of this information as possible. Sadly, many pet parents are hard to get through to. However, I believe that if I can help even a few it’s worth it and I won’t quit trying. I wish you the best in the New Year!
    With love and gratitude,
    Karrie and her felines, Carly and Simon.

  9. Martha

    Your video cracked me up! Good job!

    I thank you, also. As a former humane investigator I can appreciate your efforts, and know your exhaustion and highs and lows.

  10. Pat P.

    Eve,
    Do you think pretzels clean human teeth? Carnivores tear their solid food apart. For dry food to have any affect on dental plaque, tartar, it would have to scrub/scrape, repeatedly, the surface of the teeth, especially, around/underneath the gum line. Most kibble is swallowed whole, and that which is not, is, usually, just shattered at the tips of the teeth. Large dry dental chunks may be somewhat different than small kibble.
    Big soft pliable chunks (maybe in whole raw/slightly cooked meats, like poultry legs, only raw, no cooked bones, which can splinter) would contact the teeth better.

    Like it or not, brushing the animal’s teeth with an occasional dental cleaning cannot be replicated, and is the best, by far, way of keeping your cat from harboring bacteria and gingivitis (and losing teeth).

    Dry food, certainly, doesn’t provide the best nutrition (esp. the high level of animal protein needed by cats), or the high level of moisture needed. Science Diet, also, contains rendered garbage with 4-D toxins. Grains,( esp. GMO corn and wheat) and high level of carbs incorporated in dry food are not a natural feline/canine diet. Any very minimal benefit that large dry dental diet chunks MAY seem to provide is NOT worth the trade-off from a more appropriate healthy feline diet!

    A bonus to dry-food avoidance is better smelling litter. Two reasons for stinky poop, usually. 1. not cleaning, at least once daily; 2. poorly-digested grains, higher carb content normally found in dry food, which makes larger feces, swelling when moistened; their pee from consuming dry food (making it less dilute) will smell stronger

    Hope this helps, some.

  11. Marilyn Ford

    Thank you for all you do, Susan! I started feeding my basset hound, Fred, home made food last year and noticed he no longer has diarrhea or occasion vomiting. Keep up the good work. We appreciate you!

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