Dog Food Comparisons

In an article I read this morning about the ingredients in grain based, dry pet food made me think,  “why would anybody want to feed a product to their dog that contains so much unwanted waste from the human food chain”.  Understanding the sourcing of ingredients would make an interesting topic for 60 Minutes. 

Robert Mueller · October 22, 2019

Dog Food Comparisons 

In an article I read this morning about the ingredients in grain based, dry pet food made me think,  “Why would anybody want to feed a product to their dog that contains so much unwanted waste from the human food chain”.  Understanding the sourcing of ingredients would make an interesting topic for 60 Minutes.

The rendering industry is basically an unpublished secret of our human food industry waste chain.  The ingredients for dry products contain leftovers from the human production of chicken, lamb, cattle, and swine.  These disgusting materials, which are cooked over 250 degrees for up to an hour, produce the ingredients for a variety of major kibbled products. The lean muscle is cut off for human consumption, which leaves about 50% left over for processing at rendering facilities and then made into meat and bone meal or meat by-products.  So basically, what your pet is eating are lungs, ligaments, bones, blood and intestines. They may also contain spoiled meat from processing plants or supermarkets, road kill, dead, dying, diseased and disabled cattle (4D), rancid restaurant grease, and euthanized companion animals.  

It is estimated that 50% of meat meals are contaminated with E-coli bacteria.  The rendering process destroys the e-coli bacteria, but it does not eliminate the bacterial endotoxins released when the animal dies.  Pet food manufacturers are not required to test the endotoxins. After the heated bath cools off the grease (animal fat) is skimmed off the top. The remaining animal fat is pressed and dried.  This process is how meat and bone meal are produced. Both of these products are then used as spray flavor additives and protein sources for dry pet food manufacturing.  

After I read this article, I realized the benefits of feeding our raw diet (BARF®) patties.  When I compare ingredients between dry and frozen diets, I can see why the results and benefits are wide spread between the two.  There is an old saying, “you are what you eat” and in this case, it is true. 

The ability that domesticated dogs and cats have to absorb nutrients from dry food is a beautiful example of adaptability.  We have trained a carnivore to eat like an omnivore and survive on this ingredient sourcing. Many dry food manufacturers have attempted to improve on the ingredient sources for their dry heat processed food.  These improvements have offered better ingredients that utilize more nutrients from the food sources. It is important to read the labels of allpet food to try and eliminate the sources offered from rendered sources.  

In another blog I will make the comparison of the https://www.barfworld.com/ingredients sources and how they differ and are more appropriate for the species.  In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the BARF® Diet, please feel free to email us at info@barfworld.com or call the chat with one of our Raw Food Specialists at 866-282-2273.

Raw Food Tip:

Our Juicy BARF® Diet does not require any added ingredients. We provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with the proper blend and balance of ingredients. The BARF® Diets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly newsletter absolutely FREE!

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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!

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