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It’s Not Pet Food, It’s a Waste Disposal System

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  1. Michelle

    And people wonder why their pets are dying from all forms of cancer…

  2. paponypal

    Thanks Susan I’ll write as usual as I’m sure all your followers will do. But I feel unless we win a trillion dollar lottery to buy off the watchdogs, they’ll remain cold & callous, deaf & blind. But I continue to hope in my heart someday WE THE PEOPLE WILL BE HEARD.

    1. Stephanie N.

      Completely agree, paponypal.

  3. Kathryn Smith

    I still contend that INCINERATION of ALL this ‘product’ in a “waste energy’ facility to provide electricity would be the best solution … Yes, initial implementation would be expensive, but in the long run would benefit animal feed industry and the public.

  4. Cannoliamo

    It’s my nature to by cynical, but it sounds like all those lawyers for the tobacco companies have gotten jobs in the pet food industry.

  5. Angie

    The best way to know how food is affecting your pets health is to have a complete blood panel drawn yearly and have regular exams. My senior dog just had his senior profile completed and he is in perfect health and he eats Natural Balance LID canned and Natural Balance LID treats.

    1. Stephanie N.


      It really stinks you’ve been attacked by other members of this site after posting.

      And, I agree with you completely that the best way to ensure our pets are healthy is to have complete blood chemistry panels and other pertinent tests performed along with check-ups on a regular basis.

  6. Jess

    The best way to feed your pet is homemade diets. You can prepare 2 weeks worth of food and freeze it in advance .You can know and control everything that goes into their food with an organic, healthy diet. has recipes and the necessary supplements. If your pet has health issues like kidney disease, you need a prescription from your vet for special supplements. For healthy pets, no prescription is necesary. My cat lived to 19 years old with a healthy homemade diet. I switched when I found out she had kidney disease and realized the horrible things and risks associated with all commercial cat food (including many organic brands being recalled). The cost of homemade even ends up being less expensive. My cat never threw up from homemade food, didn’t have a smelly litter box, and it kept her healthy for many years. My primary vet wasn’t knowledgeable of homemade diets (I found out about it through a specialty vet), but my primary vet would comment how young my cat looked and said “whatever you are doing, keep it up”. I’ll always use a homemade diet for my furbabies. ♥️

    1. Angie

      Not everybody can afford to do that. My dog has food allergies and has to eat duck. Duck is VERY expensive and he is doing great on his canned food. And cats need protein and moisture. Cats shouldnt be fed dry kibble ever. A good quality canned cat food is fine. The key is taking your animals for yearly checkups and getting those blood tests done.

      1. A

        I’m sorry Angie but you must be new to this website or work for Natural Balance. No, not everyone can afford to feed raw or organic home cooked meals. But I suspect your dog is genetically blessed and that’s why he is healthy – it is most likely IN SPITE of his food, not because of it. I wasn’t going to comment but if you sound very self confident but seem not to know much about proper nutrition for companion animals. If you do some more research or read more of Susan’s website you would know that she does not recommend kibble and NB is not one of her trusted brands that she has extensively researched. Unfortunately you can’t just trust what a company puts on their website. Some people eat all organic and exercise and die from cancer at a young age. Other people smoke and eat crap and live to be 90. So it’s not all about food sometimes. But NB is not an ideal or biologically appropriate diet.

        1. A

          And I saw that you said canned not kibble so that’s my karma for leaving a comment : ) BUT I stand by my opinion of NB, even it’s canned formulas. Now I’m gonna stay out of these threads

      2. Jess

        Again. It actually ends up being cheaper to make food than buy premade food (for pets that eat regular diet, even kidney diets). Specific allergies would be something discussed with the vet and adjusted as necessary. I don’t know the cost of duck. For anyone not feeding their pets duck and who is interested in the research and learning about homemade diets—
        All my pets have ate a chicken, turkey, beef or fish diet. All have been cheaper monthly with homemade. I realized my pet developed health issues due to “quality” canned food. Hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, cancer, etc. Is caused by what’s in commercial foods. Many “quality” foods are owned by same brands that manufacture the cheap ones and none are really regulated. Quality brands still have recalls and still made my cat throw up. I took my cat to the vet regularly and did all blood tests. She still developed health issues due to commercial food from what she used to eat. There are no special kidney diet foods”over the counter”for a reason. You have to buy kidney diet meals in can or kibble from the vet, which are disguised as a quality brand but manufactured by the low quality brands. The vets get paid to push these, just like Drs do with meds, which is why there are no other options in stores. The “quality” commercial kidney diet made my cat sick. They said on it she would live one year. I switched her to homemade and her kidneys improved .She lived for 7 more years with advanced kidney disease on a homemade diet. If anyone is interested in learning more, just look up for recipes and info. There are probably other sites too, but this is the one I used for many years. It’s the only way I’ll feed my pets now.

        1. Angie

          Duck costs about 8.00 a LB, very expensive. But like I said he is doing very well on his canned food, his bloodwork and exams are perfect. Why would I change something that is working so well? Same for my cats, they eat wellness, weruva and fussie cat canned are healthy as can be. I appreciate your comment and suggestions though.

          1. Jenny Bellandi

            Both my dogs had aggressive cancer and their blood labs were always perfect. I couldnt believe it. The oncologist said unfortunately it doesnt always show an issue in blood labs. I have since learned alot and feed home cooking cause raw is expensive, but its still better than kibble. I understand the duck and cost, but have you spoke to a true natural vet? Duck is just one protein and perhaps he could try another alternative alittle less pricey? Im sure you have covered all that but i wanted you to know about the blood panels not always stating the whole story. Im not saying thats happening to your babies, but it did happen with two of mine over the years.

      3. Kimberly

        I used to feed NB LID to my cats, in rotation, until I found a large piece of a blue plastic bag in it. That and the LID diets tend to have a high amount of carbs. Also, if you search on facebook for raw feeding groups in your area you might be able to share the cost with other members or learn where to get different meat proteins for a good price.

  7. Angie

    A – I find it hilarious that you think I work for natural balance just because I said my dog eats it and is healthy. Why is that a standard answer on these boards? And you can take your condescending attitude elsewhere. I know plenty about pet nutrition. Just because I don’t feed homemade does not mean my pets are not healthy. The fact remains that millions of pets live long healthy lives on commercial pet foods. Yes there are some bad foods out there. It helps to do some research. All animals are different but I know what works and what is keeping my pets happy and healthy. My cats eat canned foods made by Wellness, Weruva and Fussie cat, I suppose I also work for them? Just because a certain food is not on her “list” does not mean its not a good product. Her opinion is not the “gold standard” to me. I trust MY vet and the healthy bloodwork and other studies that have come back perfect.

    1. Tamara

      I agree with you. We rescued lots of feral cats and we spend over $500/month on premium wet and dry cat food. I have argued with an Australian vet on line about feeding dry food. If someone has 2-3 cats and can transition them from dry to wet…then that’s great. I had this vet tell me that it wouldn’t be hard to transition 25 cats from dry to wet. Oh yeah? I told her that 12-13 eat wet food, but they share..and they eat dry food too. We have had cats not eat for a few days and they can get “hepatic lipidosis” and need a feeding tube.

      I wish I could force them all to eat wet food or a raw homemade diet (if had time to make it), but it’s not feasible. We feed them 5-8 kinds of wet food and 5 kinds of dry food. Wet food like Wellness, Holistic Select, Taste of the Wild, Lotus, Fromm’s, Dave’s, etc and dry food Costco (cheapest and has grains), Nature’s Variety with raw food bits, Blue Mtn Wilderness with life source bits, American Journey grain grain free…etc. We’ve fed them Acana and Orijen dry food but they are expensive and according to this vet that argues with me…. “the worst wet food is better than the best dry food.”

      My longtime bf said for me to let the Australian vet come to the US and transition the cats for us..since she thinks its easy. When I asked her how many cats she had….she said 3. Everything we think is a premium wet food has something in it that shouldn’t be in there- guar gum, carageenan (however it is spelled), etc.

      We can only do the best we can. I guess I must work for all these companies above too….LOL. I even feed the feral cats in a mini-cat colony the good stuff.

  8. Frank

    Susan, please clarify something for us: in the article, you suggest we

    “…ask your pet food manufacturer: “Are meats/meat meals sourced from USDA inspected and passed animals?” …”.

    This would be instead of asking

    “…are the meats/meals sourced from USDA inspected facilities….” , correct? .

    Previously, I have asked your suggested question to several different pet food
    suppliers. Their responses were along the line of

    “…All our manufacturing plants are registered with the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration…” or

    “…We only use high quality, de boned meats sourced from USDA FSIS-inspected facilities…”.

    When a provider states that manufacturing plants and suppliers that they source their meats from are USDA inspected and registered, does that guarantee that the actual meats provided by those plants are always guaranteed to be from USDA inspected and passed animals?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Hi Frank – No. Condemned and/or diseased meats are sourced ‘from’ USDA inspected facilities. Animal material that did not pass inspection comes ‘from’ USDA inspected facilities. So a question to a manufacturer needs to be specific to the meats in the pet food – are the meats USDA inspected and passed?
      With the example responses you provided – that really tells a consumer nothing. Manufacturing plants are required to be registered with FDA, but that does not require ingredients to be quality. The other example you provided – the manufacturer claimed they “only use high quality” meats – I’d suggest asking them what does “high quality” mean? For me – ‘high quality’ only means USDA inspected and passed. But that not be what they are implying by the phrase.
      Hope that helps –

  9. mako5562

    Hello Angie: Getting alittle testy here , are you. Well I have to put you in your place. Just kidding. I actually read all comments here, and Angie I do agree with you. I just switched my 3 pit bull/beagles from Iams pro active to Pure Balance Salmon variety. It was only 2 days before I noticed my 6 year old no longer was limping with arthritis like symptoms. She had this problem for like 3 years and I assumed it was permanent and chronic so I just added glucosamine chondrition pills to her daily regimen. It did help but now I no longer need to give her the glucosamine chondritin since I switched to Tru Balance(which is owned by Walmart by the way)—-a reasonably priced decent dry kibble dog food. So my guess, is Iams pro active had a toxic preservative in it(sometimes not listed in fish meal for example) or the poultry by product was some junk protein she was reacting to. If Tru Balance is banned on this website, it ain’t banned in my home. Their coats and energy level took an amazing improvement. Cheers to you Angie. Next thing you know, they will be asking you how much stock you have in Walmart. I wish I did. Cheers to all here for some great input.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      This website doesn’t “ban” any pet food. It educates pet food consumers.

  10. Nemanja Jefic

    It’s the same way in Canada as well lots of animal by products in cat food and cats treats

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