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  1. Pet Owner

    Thank you, this is an incredibly informative article.

    Basically when owners are feeding a cheap corn filled kibble, plus a can of equally cheap (poorly produced) wet food, they’re NOT doing their pet any favors.

    No wonder so many dogs are sick!

  2. Dr Amy Nesselrdt

    This is a huge reason I don’t advocate kibble or feeding grains. Did they test Quinoa? I understand quinoa is not a true grain, I used to think it was mycotoxin free but have read mixed things.

    1. Jane Democracy

      All dried goods are at risk for mycotoxins…it is not just a grain thing.

  3. Ian

    Yes, I have personally thought for years that most pets “grain allergies” are really mycotoxin/endotoxin allergies to the contaminated grain used in pet food rather than to the grain itself. We read first hand in your previous story about the pet food manufacturer how employees testified that even when they rejected contaminated grain, the trucking company would just bring it back over and over until it was accepted. We can assume that the grains used in pet food are the worst of the worst in terms of contamination. Now I wonder how many people with “gluten intolerance” are actually sensitive to mycotoxin/endotoxins present even in human grade grain products?

  4. Mao Fuimaono

    Is there some way you can dummy all this down for all of us that really don’t know or understand all these percentages and toxins and all this stuff. I think there’s more of us that don’t understand that stuff then those of us to do, so please help. Thanks.

    1. Leanne

      Don’t feed kibble.

  5. Batzion

    In looking at the maps, it is disheartening to see that North America is an “Extreme Risk” just like China. Thank you for this critical information, Susan, and thank you for everything you do.

  6. Laurie Matson

    Is it possible that the grain products we consume in our diet can harbor these endotoxins and mycotoxins?

  7. mm

    Working in the veterinary field, we hospitalize and treat patients with liver and kidney failure regularly. Some young, some old. The cause of the pets’ condition is investigated sometimes…usually via ultrasound, primarily looking for tumors on the dysfunctional organs. Other times, the disease state is considered idiopathic, presumably genetic, or possibly exposure to a toxin. But never is food taken into consideration, unless of course the pet is fed something that is considered taboo by the clinic. A good majority of the cases of extreme sickness we see are religiously fed veterinary recommended diets….in those cases, food isn’t even an afterthought.

  8. Fiona

    WOW!!! And an amazing reminder that humans should avoid grains, too.

  9. MM

    WILL SOMEONE PLEASE OFFER A SOLUTION …PLEASE, AT LEAST,”” NAME “”” SOME BRANDS OF FOOD THAT AVOIDS SOME OF THESE POTENTIAL TOXINS..! I ALL BAD NEWS….NO WAY OUT??
    WILL SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER….NAME SOME / ANY BRANDS (NOT RAW) THAT, AT LEAST,
    COULD BE A STARTING POINT.? SOME OF US ARE GIVING UP. I FEEL GUILTY “FEEDING” MY CATS ???
    AND, THIS GUILT IS BECOMING OVERWHELMING….!!!!!.
    ..

    1. Pet Owner

      The “solution” is human edible food, rotation, experimentation, and patience:

      Make incremental improvements, depending on pet’s tolerance, your ability and affordability. Not expensive considering pet’s long term health. Cats require protein and moisture (kibble, not the best).

      Below is Karen Becker’s/Rodney Habib’s example of a balanced, fresh, whole food meal (no carbs). Doesn’t need to be completely raw! Do fresh meal, few times a week, good start. Or add whole meat to (Honest Kitchen) base, include organ and red meats. I grind up (VERY lightly baked) beef stew chunks (from Costco) combined w/ liver, heart. And rotate w/VE’s raw patties (yes, also lightly baked to thaw them out!) with THK’s (Grain Free) Duck & Sweet Potato (for vitamins and minerals).

      For added balance, Pet Kelp and Solid Gold Sea Meal works. Also a powdered supplement (human grade) with 25+ veggie/fruit essentials. Nupro (for pets) and Mercola’s helpful digestive enzymes. The choices are endless.

      For homemade food, I do use a sweet potato carb (he has no issues). Steam (fresh or frozen) veggies; add bone broth to veggie water! Warms the meal, pets love it! Occasionally, a dollop of non-fat cottage cheese, Kifer, Yogurt (my pet okay with dairy). An egg for breakfast. Or baked chicken/turkey meat. A $20 organic package lasts a month! Pets LOVE, love real food, although some do need to adapt. When time is short, I add real (human edible) meat on top of a quality kibble (yes, the world isn’t perfect). For more ideas, see Susan’s 2018 List (and yes there are Cat Foods on it). The real risk (although pets survive) is when people feed the exact same dry PF every single day for years. Doing so, is hard on them as they age. And lessens their ability to digest a variety of real foods!

      HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE

      14 oz. 90% lean ground beef (or 93% lean)
      2 tsp hempseed oil or 3 T ground hemseeds
      ½ Tsp Carlson’s cod liver oil, or 2 sardines
      ½ Tsp ground ginger
      ¼-1/2 Tsp. kelp powder (provide 0.2 mg iodine)
      1 egg
      ½ eggshell
      1 oz. beef liver
      1 oz. broccoli
      1 oz. red bell pepper
      1 oz. spinach

      Mix together. Can be heated or served raw.

      1. MM

        THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE. I AM VEGAN, AND YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE WAY TOO COMPLICATED. ALSO, I DON’T HAVE THE “EQUIPMENT..EX. GRINDERS, ETC OR THE TIME AND EXPERTISE TO PREPARE THESE MEALS. I NEED SOMETHING ALREADY
        PREPARED. I NOW BELIEVE THIS IS HOPELESS. I FFED MY CAT HILLS PRESCRIPTION DIET C/D PER MY VET.. NOW, I SEE THAT IT IS ONE OF THE “WORST”…!!! REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE….I PAY $2 / CAN AND I AM KILLING MY CAT…!!!!!!!
        DAMN THESE VETS TO HELL….DAMN THEM ALL…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE TRIED ORGANIC
        CANNED PET FOOD, ORGANIC WHOLE CHICKENS FROM WHOLE FOODS, SARDINES,,,,,
        ETC. THEY DON’T LIKE IT.; DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH THE CATS….
        I AM SLOWLY KILLING THEM WITH THIS VET RECOMMENDED POISON FOOD……!!

        1. MM

          ALSO, FORGOT TO MENTION CAT HAD “INTERMITTENT” STRUVITE CRYSTALS, AND THAT IS HOW THIS HILLS SCRIPT. C/D DEBACLE STARTED., WILL SOMEONE
          “PLEASE…” RECOMMEND A SUBSTITUTE, PREPARED FOOD THAT IS ALREADY
          OUT THERE THAT DOES THE SAME THING….PLEASE.!! THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THAT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT..
          ALSO, WHO CAN AFFORD THESE VET BILLS TO PAY FOR THE HARM THEY ARE INFLICTING BY RECOMMENDING THESE POISON FOODS TO BEGIN WITH..
          THANKS EVERYONE, SO MUCH FOR CARING ENOUGH TO
          RESPOND. THERE MUST BE A PREPARED FOOD THAT COMPENSATES…
          LOWER PHOS., ETC. PLEASE…….

  10. MM

    FROM MM….WANTED TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE:
    WILL BE TRYING DAVE’S https://davespetfood.com/catalog/for-cats/can-for-cats/restricted-diet/ RESTRICTED MAGNESIUM/PHOS. CANNED AS A PARTIAL REPLACEMENT FOR CANNED FELINE C/D.(COMPANY SAID IT WAS “BASED/MODELED OFF C/D)
    SO FAR, COMPANY SEEMS TRANSPARENT ON PHONE, AS WELL AS WEBSITE. SOME PEOPLE I KNOW PERSONALLY RECOMMEND IT.
    i CALLED DAVE’S, SPOKE WITH REP. NAMED EDEN WHO WAS HAPPY TO SEND OUT ALL THE SAMPLES I REQUESTED RELATIVE TO MY NEEDS….REALLY NICE ABOUT IT. SHE WAS OPEN ABOUT CANNERIES, LOCATIONS, BREAKDOWNS BOTH WET AND DRY, ETC.(ON THE WEBSITE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE..!)
    I AM HOPEFUL . ALSO, THE 95% DIETS ARE “LOW CARBOHYDRATE, PROTEIN RICH”.
    I HOPE THAT EVERYONE LOOKS AT THIS WEBSITE.

    1. Pet Owner

      I’ll try one more time. Any food is only as good as it’s sourcing. You’ve dropped in here, to the TAPF, which has a DECADE of information behind what you’re just seeing right now, and DEMANDING a solution, because you happen to be at your wit’s end.

      First of all, who is Dave and what are his personal credentials? That he can read other people’s websites, who’ve already borrowed from other people’s websites (including TAPF) does not impress me. That he has hired a professional who is a skilled pet nutritionist (with experience including studies to back up his formulas) and ideally, a holistic background … might. Fancy websites and personal pleasantries over the phone, do not substitute for personalized treatment of your individual (and I assume they are) cats’ issues.

      If you have been feeding (primarily) a DRY diet long term to a cat with urinary issues, you’re already in trouble. Many cats simply do not drink enough water. And the PH level has to be set correctly. For other folks reading these comments,THIS VET RECOMMENDED POISON FOOD is not a true statement and is very unfair to malign a group of researchers who have the analytics behind their work. Unfortunately people expect a “controlled diet” prescribed by a Vet to eliminate a condition. And to be a one-stop solution, so no more thinking is required. People drink “Glucerna” as a replacement meal (which is better than a Happy Meal), but it does not eliminate diabetes! For your poor cats’ sake, please consult a holistic Vet, who can help you handle fresh food meal ideas. And can TEST your cats to monitor improvement.

      The most simple suggestion that I did include, was to consult Susan’s 2018 List with already prepared Cat pet food options, on it. AND … you’re welcome.

      1. MM

        Thank you Pet Owner. I was not demanding anything, just looking for help, suggestions, etc…
        and yes, I am passionate but who isn’t when it comes to this subject. Unfortunately, I
        am not in a position to spend money on holistic vet “consultations” And, using the
        phrase “poison food” reflects my feelings about the lies, deceit and deception of the
        pet food industry and certainly, in some cases, leading to the deaths of innocent animals
        as you well know. So, no…I won’t be polite about it. Also, my urinary issues cat eats
        canned c/d, which is why I started commenting in the first place. Thank you.

  11. Susan Wellman

    I wonder what is this doing to people.

    1. Batzion

      Along with every other contamination and adulteration of the U.S. food supply, what this is doing to humans is the equivalent of the Chinese idiom, “Death by a Thousand Cuts” which was a slow method of torture and execution.

      1. Pet Owner

        And since the pharmaceutical and medical care industries are in full force, there’s no incentive for the government to proactively fix the U.S. food supply or campaign for better eating habits.

        1. Batzion

          Speaking of Big Pharma, Goldman Sachs states that curing patients is not a good business model for gene therapies because it cuts into profits:

          From the article: “Turning food in to toxic waste before consumption is also good, because people will get sick from ridiculous amounts of high fructose and other poisons. Nothing like a pandemic of diabetes to keep the cashflow going, is there? I’m sure anyone would be prepared to lose a limb to keep the Big Pharma guys in luxury.”

          http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/op-ed-curing-patients-not-good-for-business-goldman-sachs/article/519801

          1. Pet Owner

            Like they say … our pets are just the canary in the coal mine.

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