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Beginning your education to the Truth about Pet Food can be more than overwhelming.  This webpage gives you a place to begin learning how to choose healthier foods and treats for your dog or cat.

Start with subscribing to the TruthaboutPetFood.com newsletter; it’s free and your email address will never be shared or sold.  Newsletter subscribers receive recall notices, pet food withdrawal notices, and informative articles about the pet food industry.  Stay informed!

Posts on TruthaboutPetFood.com are provided in the following categories:  Recalls, Pet Food Ingredients, Pet Food Regulations, Pet Food Reviews, Pet Food News.  You can click on any of these categories (listed just under the Truth about Pet Food title, top of any page) to begin reading posts of your choice.  There are also posts from veterinarian Dr. Cathy Alinovi (see ‘Categories’ on the right side of any page).

TruthaboutPetFood.com is one of the few pet food advocacy websites that is actively working to make the industry consumer friendly.  The most recent advocacy step we’ve taken – Pledge to Quality and Origin – is found in this section.  Please take a moment to see which pet food companies have provided petsumers with the ultimate in transparency.  Also, Susan Thixton – founder of TruthaboutPetFood.com, represents the consumer voice at the AAFCO regulatory meetings through our consumer association – Association for Truth in Pet Food.  TruthaboutPetFood.com has years of reports from AAFCO meetings.

A few bits of information to get you started…

Pet Food FACT
Pet food/animal food is allowed by FDA to violate federal food safety laws.  The label of your dog food or cat food might show images of prime cuts of meat and fresh vegetables, but what’s inside the bag or can could be completely different than what’s shown.  Meats and vegetables – rejected for use in human foods – are allowed to become pet food ingredients (without stating such on the pet food label).  This includes (but not limited to) drug filled meat tissues, cancerous tissues, diseased animals, filth or feces contaminated foods.  Click Here to read about FDA Compliance Policies.

Understand the Definitions of Some Popular Pet Food Ingredients
Some of the more popular pet food/treat ingredients can be sourced from the most hideous sources.  Click Here to learn about by-products, meat and bone meal, and animal fat.

Pet food regulations require ingredients to be listed on the label in order of weight (pre-cooking weight); heaviest to lightest.  However, some ingredients are not required to be listed – such as the risky preservative ethoxyquin.  Click Here to learn about ethoxyquin.

More on Pet Food Regulations
The most popular pet food ingredient is chicken (or a product of chicken).  But, thanks to consumer un-friendly pet food regulations, ‘chicken’ listed on the pet food label could mean no chicken meat – only skin and bones.  Click Here to learn about pet food chicken.

Pet food regulations require a label to provide a ‘Guaranteed Analysis’ statement.  The bad news is these nutritional analysis statements on pet food labels are nothing like human food nutritional statements and often misleading to the petsumer.  Click Here to read about Guaranteed Analysis statements.

Pet food regulations require ingredients to be listed on the label in order of weight (pre-cooking weight); heaviest to lightest.  However, some ingredients are not required to be listed – such as the risky preservative ethoxyquin.  Click Here to learn about ethoxyquin.

The above is just a beginning; there’s so much to learn!  And ‘things’ in the pet food industry are constantly changing.  Make sure you are subscribed to the TruthaboutPetFood.com newsletter to stay updated.