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What Consumers Are Not Told About Pet Food Ingredients

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  1. T Allen

    Excellent work Susan! Can’t get any more clear and easy to understand than this! You (and your daughter!) have outdone yourself (again). Thank you!

  2. Batzion

    The document you prepared leaves me slack jawed and horrified, and I think it’s because I’m seeing everything in one place. It is incumbent upon all of us to disseminate your document as far and as wide as possible to pet owners and non-pet owners as well if for no other reason than to illustrate the corruption in the pet food industry and the government. You have done an outstanding job, as usual, Susan, and I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, for your diligence and for your love of animals that we are so privileged to share with you.

  3. Ten Year Follower

    No matter the fact there are hundreds and hundreds of existing PF brands, there are only 2 kinds that matter. The ones that contain:

    1) Human edible ingredients
    2) Or ingredients unfit for human consumption

    The problem is PF consumers can’t believe (or deny) that what’s in a beautifully pictured bag of PF, with fancy labeled ingredients, is STILL sub-standard feed. Either they don’t care, or can’t imagine, how rotting, diseased, decaying carcasses are thrown into the protein refuse heap, for rendering and cooking! Not only is it confirmed in the Guide Susan just published above … but yuck … be sure to read about endotoxins too!

    I wish we could convince owners to at least start augmenting their pet’s diet.

    For every half cup of real, human edible food, is that much less commercial PF in the bowl. Or the use of a canned PF. Adding a homemade starch means less potentially mycotoxin affected grain, or difficult to digest “pea” starch. (And no it’s not the answer to Grain-Free diets!). I use a little kibble to account for some vitamins/minerals, but add minimally safely cooked whole chicken, turkey or beef (purchased for myself). Some human edible starch. Steamed veggies, fat-free cottage cheese, hardboiled egg, pet kelp. It may not be the perfect meal, or a 100% homemade recipe. But it’s doable, affordable and is very, very easy!

    A recent comment (by Dr. Chavez) noted that an exceptionally high meal of all protein, is wasted protein and added expense, because the excess a dog doesn’t require, will just be excreted. So it doesn’t hurt to cut a meal with some energy producing variations. Meaning there’s nothing wrong with safe table scraps which aren’t excessively fatty, salted, sugared, or spiced.

    (Sorry, my comment doesn’t apply to feline diets).

  4. FeedThemRAW

    Susan – I read a recent and disturbing blog about natural ingredients and ingredients in general. For example, in the pet food industry hexane derive oil and cold pressed oil are the same when it comes to natural. Apparently, the same is true for human food. Are the people on your list onlybuso g cold pressed oils? Do they provide evidence or support? What about processing aids that do not need to be declared? Technically these would be all human grade or food (vs feed). How do we get to the bottom of all of this? Especially, if I wanted a commercially available food?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      That’s not something I am educated on – so it is not a question I ask them. But…any consumer can ask these types of questions of their pet food. And the company should respond and provide sufficient information to the consumer.

  5. Ms. B Dawson

    Here’s everyone’s chance to confront the Pet Food Institute directly!

    On Feb. 6th at the New Jersey Convention Center, Cathleen Enright, PhD., President and CEO of the Pet Food Institute will be a speaker at the inaugural “Food and Treat Festival for Pets”. The description of her talk is:

    “Food Safety is Serious Business – Are You Ready?
    Pet food and treats are among the most highly regulated food products in the United States at both the federal and state levels, from safety requirements to label claims. What do pet food and treat makers need to know about their obligations? Cathleen Enright, PhD, president and CEO of the Pet Food Institute (PFI), will provide an overview of pet food’s regulatory landscape to help ensure companies are aware of new requirements in place to make safe pet food products for all of America’s pets. PFI is the national trade association of U.S. pet food and treat makers, and its members account for 98 percent of all pet food and treats produced in the United States.”

    OK, OK, stop rolling your eyes now…..

    Part of the convention is open only to the trade (including the talk) BUT any store owner, pet consultant, researcher or trainer qualifies. Ask if your local pet store would allow you to use their credentials to register you as a “buyer”. I’ve done this in the past for my customers and rescue personnel at SuperZoo.

    Otherwise, $10 gets any consumer in between 2pm and 10pm. This is your chance to talk with manufactures and distributors about what consumers want from the industry (and get a taste of what Susan deals with!)

    Time to show up in person and make yourself heard! If you can’t attend, consider donating the $10 admission fee to Susan so she can continue to engage the tone deaf “regulatory” agencies.

    I’ll be there asking some pointed questions. Anyone wishing to present a block of consumers, reply here and we’ll figure out how to trade email addresses.

    Here’s the link for more information and to register:!

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