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  1. Kathryn S

    I purchase my animals food at the same retailers that I purchase food for our table; the local meat market, farmers markets, grocery stores, etc. If I would not eat it, I will not feed it to my dogs. Simple.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Me too!

  2. Jane

    There are actually 2 types of meals we feed our dogs: human grade or garbage in a pretty bag. I tell everyone: if it is not safe for YOU to eat, it is not safe for your dog.
    “But wolves eat all kinds of things!” Yes: and a 7 year old wolf is considered very old.

  3. Beth Marousek

    I’m showing my age… I remember Ken-L-Ration on the super market shelves. At some point the public began to express some outrage that the meat in the product was horse meat, not cow. I suppose that was the beginning of the end for them. About raw meat: I recently wound up at a vet’s office, someone I did not know, with an emergency cat issue. They asked what I fed my cat. When I mentioned raw meat as part of his diet, the vet literally
    turned red with indignation. She went on and on about how dangerous that was, due to pathogens in the raw meat. When I mentioned that I understood carnivores had enough acid in their digestive tract to handle such things, she said (I swear she said this) “Would YOU eat it”? I politely said “No, but I’m an omnivore, not a carnivore”. At that point she dropped the conversation. What is wrong with vets that they are so easily swayed by Big Pharma and Big Pet Feed? Don’t they think for themselves? Frustrating!!!

    1. Tracey

      That actually is a myth. My cat got salmonella from raw chicken and dogs can get sick from the new super-bugs as well. Wolves don’t run into sick animals in the woods that have the same deadly bacteria that are found in our food supply. These ” new” bacteria have been evolving for thousands of generations in animals raised in the same dirty barns and feedlots. They are not your grandmothers’ or even mother’s salmonella. They are in the USDA inspected meat you buy. That is why it’s critical to cook all meat properly before you eat it. You need to take the same precautions with your pets. ALL poultry should be at least partially cooked so the outside of the leg or the ground product is above 124*. All ground meat should be cooked to a minimum of 124* if you buy it at the grocery store. If you buy direct from a butcher,Beef, lamb, pork can be fed raw assuming you trust the butcher. Cook fish to kill parasites.You still are at risk of having a sick pet but that’s a chance you take anytime you feed raw milk, eggs, meat, poultry etc. Signed: a vet tech and former USDA meat Inspector.

      I’m not saying don’t feed raw, just be careful and understand that vets have seen the unfortunate results of uneducated people feeding all kinds of “stuff” to animals.

      1. Mary Meyer Johnson

        I agree with Tracey on this issue. The problem is with the uneducated feeding raw, as they may not be as careful as the more knowledgeable consumers are on this site.

      2. Mary

        Absolutely correct.
        I have a sanctuary for dogs. I am a nurse fully dedicated to holistic health. Mi would NEVER feed raw meat from any store.
        When I am able to do so, I will be raising my own meat for th dogs…..just as my family raised our meat for many decades. Only then will these dogs eat raw meat.
        The microorganisms found in or on meat today is absolutely virulent, due to the gross abuse of antibiotics in factory farms.

      3. Dean

        Ummm… actually the point about stomach acidity is real… we did some simple testing in our lab and found that when you mix similar masses of raw pet pet food and kibble in similar volumes of HCL (hydrochloric acid) the relative Ph level on the raw stayed well below the kill range… with the kibble though it rose to levels that may not… we believe this to be the result of the kinds of binders used… FYI…

        1. Yvonne McGehee

          Interesting! What kind of lab was this?

          1. Dean

            This was in our own in-house lab that is used primarily for doing samples testing and product development…

            We are currently working on developing a proper standard for determining bone content in raw food, as the determinations being made by most are seriously flawed.

      4. Beth Marousek

        I should clarify: we live in the country. The raw I feed comes from my own goats and chickens, and deer if we get them. The dogs get raw chicken thighs every day. Raw milk is from our goats and we and friends have used it for years. Beef is organic, from a farmer I know. It all depends on your dedication to cleanliness when you butcher and common sense. I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years and I will never stop feeding raw as part of my dogs’ diet unless they are compromised by other illness. My large dogs have lived to be 13 and 14 years old, and the vet always raves at their amazing health and beautiful teeth in their old age. There are multiple sides to everything and much depends upon details.

    2. Victoiria Deming

      Raw is the way to go provided its made correctly. As far as rancid rotting flesh scraped off boots and the floor, then go with kibble. Rotten decomposing maggot ridden products make kibble what it is today!

  4. Michelle

    Me too! Supermarket organic meat section.

  5. Dean

    Pet food is the largest undeclared recycle/reuse process in the world, and the prejudices attached to pet food are based on knowing the typical sources for its inputs… these prejudices are being transferred to raw pet food with out separating one company from another…

    As with most unregulated business (directly or through lack of enforcement) you have the ‘good’ companies with good intent and ethics… then there are the parasites. Those that ride the coattails of those who build a new market based on good intent and ethics. These parasites bleed money and credibility from those who ‘are doing the right thing’; with no other intent than to take money out of the system. Some call it competition, they are not competitors, they are parasites.

    Raw food and its low bar to entry is littered with these companies disguising there less than credible process with euphemisms like ‘All Natural’,’Grass Fed’,’Locally Made”Farm Raised’… Or claim ‘Human Grade’ because the input materials are bought from an inspected facility; but do not give any consideration to what they are doing with/to the product on their own premises.

    What is even more troubling is the there is a growing number of ‘un-inspected abattoirs’ out there buying up animals off the farms that would not make it to the slaughter house or are slaughtering animals that do not go into the ‘human food’ chain like Llamas and Wild boar. What level of control do you think would happen there?

    As much as people hate regulation it also does a good job of shining light on problems like this…

  6. Victoiria Deming

    Thank you for posting this! I remember how different things were years ago. I remember dogs living into their late teens and early 20’s. I remember Cancer being a rare thing in dogs. I do remember. If only we could go back for the sake of our animals. Keep doing this work!

  7. Carolyn Hansen

    Now I am conflicted..I have looked through your 2016 list of trusted pet foods, I have also been a subscriber to Petsumer Report for the past few years, I have read Buyer Beware and I receive the Truthaboutpetfood emails. After several years of feeding my five rescue cats a premium diet I was on the verge of introducing them to a partially raw diet. Now I am not sure anymore if a Human Grade Raw Pet Food would be reasonably safe.

    1. Victoiria Deming

      Be sure you go through a reputable company for your RAW. I find BARF World the best out there because they do a mix that is complete, they quality test their food for correct nutritional values and they ship directly to your home the food flash frozen.

  8. Terri Janson

    I buy my dog food at the meat counter, produce counter and dairy counter where I also get my food from. Yes I can and would eat their food because it is also my food. 🙂

  9. Debbie Haynes

    I noticed that Royal Canin was not recommended on your list, but when I switched from Hill’s Science Diet to Royal Canin Special 33, my cats all blossomed. Shiny coats, clear eyes, hardly any coughing or sneezing. Just all around better health. And they really love it. Now the horrible revelation I’m facing is the fact that I fed the Science Diet to them for so long, thinking that I was doing a good thing.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Royal Canin is not a human grade pet food.

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