What do you Mean, “4D” Dog Food?

Every so often I am revisited by this question. Obviously pet owners are concerned with information about ingredient sourcing that cautions them on the use of “4D” ingredients. 4D stands for ingredients that have been sourced from Dead, Dying, Diseased, or Disabled animals.

Robert Mueller · October 15, 2019

What do you Mean, “4D” Dog Food?

Every so often I am revisited by this question. Obviously pet owners are concerned with information about ingredient sourcing that cautions them on the use of  “4D” ingredients. 4D stands for ingredients that have been sourced from Dead, Dying, Diseased, or Disabled animals. The public has been sheltered long enough from the travesties that have been made public in the last few years. Ann Martin, in her book entitled, “Food Pets Die For” adequately describes the disgusting processes that are currently happening within pet food manufacturing.   For decades, the use of 4D ingredients has been allowed.  

Recently we have seen a movement throughout the general public as to how humans perceive proper feeding for their pets; not by veterinarians, who have been diagnosing bacterial problems with their clients, but rather a human reaction in an effort to feed their pets the very best possible products. The recent dog food recalls have really pushed the mark for only accepting the very best ingredient sources for their pets. Recent law changes and future regulations that are forthcoming are also going to change the requirements for the ingredients that we use in pet food. 

It is my hope that the regulations will eventually end the unscrupulous 4D operations.  In the past, the pet food industry has been a somewhat unsupervised industry. There are numerous examples of improper labeling and unsubstantiated claims. It is little wonder that the average consumer is misled by false and misleading statements on packaging and advertising. As much as I hate to see added government regulations imposed, I can see the need for interaction from governmental agencies that will regulate and minimize improper labeling on the whole playing field. That way we can all play by the same rules and regulations and it will be a safeguard for the public to be assured of an adequate feeding protocol for their pets.

We, at BARF® World, Inc., have never and will not ever use the 4D ingredients.  Our diets are complete and balanced and do not require any additional ingredients.  The BARF® diets provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with proper, proprietary blended and balanced ingredients. The BARF® Diets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced formulations. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.

Raw Food Tip:

We are seeing the damage that 4D meat has caused in the increases of medical conditions and obesity. A food that contains added chemicals, damaging preservatives, fat sprays, pesticides, and high levels of soluble carbohydrates are a ticket to poor health. It is not a short term problem but it is a long term problem. I suggest that problems normally will start after 5 to 6 years on the heat processed food.

- 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 e-zine 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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