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  1. Anthony Hepton

    Cornucopia has identified a critical component of the pet food crisis. There is no HACCP on the part of independent renderers. They are willing, may be enthusiastic, to process any and all animals delivered to be rendered. Most of the animal material rendered probably impose no major concern to pet health as millions of pets are fed these products with no serious consequences, although I suspect that there are many sub critical adverse affects, like intestinal inflammation and periodic weight loss. The most serious effects will occur when a small percentage of the ingredients deliver serious levels of toxic contaminants that lead to illness and often to death of pets. The pet food manufacturers have an obligation to demand that their suppliers have in place both hazard analyses and critical control points that assure the hazards do not enter their supply chain, this does not appear to be the case and consequently we have periodic episodes of bad product leading to illnesses and deaths.

  2. Jane Eagle

    I must disagree with Anthony Hepton, above; over 80% of dogs in the USA die of cancer. I suspect this is a long-term effect due to constant ingestion of toxic feed. I love my dogs: I won’t feed them toxic garbage so some corporation can make money.

    On an entirely different note, I just want to say that I really REALLY enjoy all the pictures of pets on these pages: all beautiful. Thanks to everyone who posts them!

    1. Anthony Hepton

      Jane, there may well be long term accumulation of adverse toxins, such as low level mycotoxins, that can induce cancer, but so little is known regarding the cause of cancer that I would not choose to speculate on that subject. I just wanted to focus on the numerous, though small percentage, number of serious illnesses and deaths that have clear association with the feeding of a particular brand of pet food.

      1. Samantha C

        Well, Anthony, one of the reasons for the cause of cancer is the rendering of meats at high temperatures as well as cooking the meats for long periods of time as you can read from the website by googling the words that the Cornucopia Institute mentioned: “carcinogenic heterocyclic amines” (as well as googling “polyclyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,” which we really can’t do much about, as you can read why…’s everywhere!)

        Besides the pet food manufacturers causing the meat to be cancerous by rendering the carcasses that are picked up from shelters, apparently we humans, also, cause our meat to be cancerous in our own meat products when we cook them at too high of temperatures, or for too long.

        While the website I mentioned above is pretty difficult to comprehend for anybody but a scientist, I was still able to understand the gist of what they were trying to get across to the reader.

        Well, I guess I could have gone to Conucopia Institute’s website too. But I’m so glad that someone has finally stood up and has proclaimed the truth about the pet food….and the point Susan Thixton and her colleagues have been striving for all these years.

    2. barbara m.

      Jane might benefit from reading Susan’s September post called The Elephant in Pet Food regarding endotoxins, one of the end results of rendering that can illness in animals. Endotoxins cannot be killed by heat. Manufacturers do not test for endotoxins. They are known to cause liver and gastrointestinal disease, and may be misdiagnosed as cancer. I hope that someone more knowledgeable than I would weigh in on this subject.

  3. PC

    Cancer is very much on the rise in the canine species. Many contributing factors, including over vaccination. However, pet food has to be a major factor given the total toxic standards of food production. As I step into the world of feeding raw, I now must consider now that if I buy raw chicken and vegetables for example, they must also be pesticide, antibiotic free, hormone free, etc. It’s a dirty world of food production all round.

  4. Lynn Lassen

    Anyone concerned about pet health should read Canine Nutrigenomics by Dr. Jean Dodds.

  5. SharonO

    shared with facebook friend and got this back – do you know? “Do you know why most organic foods seem to be canned? I wonder if it preserves better?”

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      My guess would be the facility the pet food is made it – the facility would have to meet Organic Standards and my guess is that most kibble manufacturing facilities don’t. Also it could be ingredients used in kibble – fewer organic options.

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