Dead Pets And Road Kill In Pet Food?
Evanger, a pet food company from Illinois recalled its dog food after cans tainted with phenobarbital were making dogs sick. Another company from Texas dog food also tested positive for phenobarbital the chemical used by veterinarians to euthanize pets.
How did it get in the food?
Pentobarbital is a barbiturate that’s commonly used by veterinarians for euthanasia. So how is it getting in the dog food?
The pet food industry is almost completely unregulated and in the quest for the cheapest possible protein, companies are using euthanized cats and dogs as ingredients under the “animal byproduct meal” name.
It’s an industry secret that generic “meats” and “meals” can contain euthanized domestic animals. The disturbing fact is commercial pet food companies are feeding dog meat to dogs and cat meat to cats.
If a pet food contains “animal byproduct meal” then pretty much any animal that’s not a bird can be included in the product, including animals that were euthanized by veterinarians and then sold on for profit.
In all cases read the ingredients on all labels and never buy any product made with an anonymous animal ingredient. By anonymous, we're referring to meat-based ingredients that do not specify the source animal.
They use vague terms like "meat meal or animal byproduct meal" rather than more specific words like "chicken meal" to describe their components. According to the pet food industry, meat can come from virtually any mammal.
So, generic "meat meal or animal byproduct meal" can be legally made from road kill, dead, diseased or dying farm animals - even euthanized cats and dogs.
Yes that's also true. Your pet that was euthanized and left with your vet may have ended up in someone else s dogs food!
Other brands include Gravy Train, Kibbles N Bits, Ol'Roy, and Skippy have been recalled after they were found to contain the euthanasia drug.
Do you know what your dog is eating?
The next phase of the disturbing trade takes place in rendering plants.
These enormous facilities, operating 24 a day, recycle dead animals, slaughterhouse wastes, and supermarket rejects into various products known as recycled meat, bone meal, and animal fat.
These products are sold as a source of protein and other nutrients in the diets of dairy animals, poultry, swine, cattle feed, and domestic cats and dogs.
One estimate states that some 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanised cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are rendered annually into “animal byproduct meal.”
Rendering plants recycle material including:
Slaughterhouse waste such as heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, blood, bones, etc.
Thousands of euthanised cats and dogs from veterinarians and animal shelters
Dead animals such as skunks, rats, and raccoons
Carcasses of pets, livestock, poultry waste
Because rendering plants operate as cheaply as possible, they unavoidably process toxic waste.
As well as euthanasia drugs given to pets, flea collars and pet ID tags, surgical pins and needles, cattle ID tags and green plastic bags containing dead pets from veterinarians get churned in the mix that becomes “animal byproduct meal.”
Domestic cats being shipped to a rendering plant where they are recycled into pet food.
Skyrocketing labor costs are one of the economic factors forcing the corporate flesh-peddlers to cheat. It is far too costly for plant personnel to take the time to cut off flea collars or take spoiled T-bone steaks out of their plastic packaging.
Since these foods are exclusively used to feed animals, most state agency spot checks test for truth in labeling such as: does the percentage of protein, phosphorous and calcium match the rendering plant’s claims; do the percentages meet state requirements? However, testing for pesticides and other toxins in animal feeds is not done or is done incomplete.
I also read an another article a woman posted November 2021 as a reply to an article listing 24 things that could be harmful in dog food. She said: "I was in the dog food industry for over 10 years. I had a rude awakening about the “quality” of dog foods when I went to a Kal-Kan plant for a meeting- the place was huge and completely cut off from the surrounding area. There were open top railroad cars there that were full of frozen dogs and cats! I was stunned and almost started crying but I managed to ask our rep what was going on and what would happen to all the bodies of those poor animals? I guess I should have known the answer, but I was nice and what he said never even occurred to me - all those box cars of frozen dogs and cats were and are the basis of ALL DOG AND CAT FOOD!!"
What can you do?
If you buy processed pet food, read the ingredients on pet food labels carefully and educate yourself about what terms like “animal byproduct meal” actually mean.
Ideally, pets should eat unprocessed whole foods – just like humans.
If your pet is euthanized by a veterinarian, insist on burying the body yourself. Out of respect for the animal’s life, and out of concern for the health other animals, do not allow the veterinarian to “take care” of the body.
I placed one of my Golden Retriever puppies with a client that works at a meat packing company in Colorado. He gave me quite an earful.
What You Really Should DO If You Love Your Pets.
Feed them a USDA approved Human Grade Diet like I do. There are many high-quality human grade dog foods you can buy like Sojos, Ollie, The Farmers Dog, Tailored Pet Nutrition, Nom Nom Pet Plate, Open Farm, Darwin’s, Just Food for Dogs, Healthy Kitchen, Spot & Tango just to name a few. These super premium, minimally processed foods are filled with nutritional ingredients such as free-range chicken, organic vegetables, and whole fruits complete with antioxidants. Some of these have freeze Dried raw meat. However, most of these foods are pretty expensive and will cost about $6.00 to $11.00 per pound. You might look up on the internet for some homemade dog recipes which I think is better for two reasons.
You will know everything that goes into your recipe. But as a caution most people who make up their own recipes may not have the right ingredients to supplement all that the dog needs. But you can add vitamins and supplements to your recipes to make up for what you’re lacking.
It will be a lot cheaper.
Your dog will live longer and hopefully stay in good health most of his/her life as mine have.
I started with a dry mix in 1996 USDA approved Human Grade food. All I had to do was to add water and my own choice of protein. I figured out pretty quickly what the ingredients were and have made up my own mix for 25 years. Even at today's high prices I can make up 30 pounds of this food with added meat for about $2.20 per pound. ($66.00).
I might mention that the 30-pound human grade dry mix I use will make around 150 pounds of food once you add your own meat and water.
To my mix I add a teaspoon of a vitamin supplement to their meals twice a day I have used since 1998. A five-pound bag of the vitamins super foods will cost about $70.00 and should last one year for one dog. This supplement has antioxidants, Omega 3s and 6s plus a lot of other great things.
My last two dogs lived 15.5 and 16 years on this special food.
According to Doctor Gary Richter America's favorite vet by the AVMF he states that the average Golden Retriever lived 16 to 18 years 20 years ago. Today the average is 7 to 9 years. The greatest cause of death is Cancer. I have sold puppies to many people that had their Golden Retriever die at 3, 5, and 7 years old from Cancer. Why is that? It is believed that the way most all dog food companies process their dry kibble.
Ninety eight percent of Kibble manufactured for dogs is highly processed. Cooked under high heat 375 to 475 degrees and under high pressure. Even the best more expensive brands are processed this way. What you may be unaware of, is that, in addition to substandard ingredients, there are many forms of toxins introduced into our pet’s bodies through these highly processed, cooked, kibble diets. These toxins include: aflatoxins, heterocyclic amines, acrylamides, and most recently discovered in dry, cooked pet foods, PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers a chemical used as a flame retardant.
Some brands of the most popular Kibble will cost you from $3.00 to $6.00 per pound and may shorten your dogs life.
Your Puppy will eat what you feed him. Will it be This: Highly Processed Dry Kibble like this?