What’s in Your Dog’s Food?

The Truth about Most Grocery Store Brands of Dog Food

The average life expectancy of a dog in the United States is 11 Years. Under optimal conditions the average life span is 27 years. I didn’t make up these numbers–they are from a scientific journal. [Brace JJ: Theories, of Aging Veterinary Clinics North America Small Animal Practice 11:811 814,1981]

So why are our pets not even living to half of their life expectancy? It is the commercial food you are feeding them. Why is the commercial food you are feeding your dog shortening its life so much? Well, it might surprise some of you that dog meat is used in most commercially manufactured dog foods. At some point in time the dog food industry realized that there was a cheap source of meat available that they could purchase to add cheap protein to their dog food. This inexpensive meat is euthanized animals which can be purchased from shelters and dog pounds. These were places where dogs were euthanized weekly and there was always a need to dispose of the bodies. Nobody has said anything and there are no laws preventing such from happening. russian food store

The rendering plants that process the dogs do so without removing any of the dogs’ flea collars, regular collars or tags. Studies have discovered that the rendering process does not eliminate the euthanization drug Sodium Pentobarbital, which therefore can be found in the dog food made from these dogs. This means that each time you are feeding your dog you could be slowly euthanizing it. It is not only euthanized dogs that go into your pet food but also euthanized cats and zoo animals. This means that the poisons designed to kill pets are the same ones being fed to them. So, just how many euthanized pets are being sent to rendering plants? The city of Los Angeles alone sends around two hundred tons of euthanized cats and dogs to rendering plants every month.

These rendering plants don’t just use dogs, cats and zoo animals, but also road kill. Rendering plants also use all the parts of animals that are considered unfit for human consumption. These are the parts of the animal left over after the meat has been stripped away from the bone. “Chicken by-products” include the head, feet, spleen, bones, blood, kidneys, brain, liver, entrails, lungs, stomach, intestines and any other part of the carcass not fit for human consumption

Other things that end up at rendering plants – and bear in mind that this is just a partial list – are things like rotten grocery meats and other retail food refuse that has passed its expiration date, including its styrofoam and plastic packaging. Used grease from restaurant deep fryers and grease traps, diseased, cancerous and worm infested entrails and body parts, and what are called 4D livestock, right along with their pesticide impregnated ear tags also are sent to the plants. 4D livestock refers to those animals that don’t make it all the way to slaughter because they’re either diseased, disabled, dying or already dead. The rendering process also does not kill TSE (mad cow disease) putting your dogs at risk of contracting this deadly disease. If you think this is impossible it is already happening in Europe.


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