Food - When Good Dogs Eat Contaminated Food
By Michael Lee
With all the recent and controversial
pet food recalls, it is no wonder that pet owners have resorted
to making home made dog food for their furry
friends in lieu of commercial and, quite possibly, bad dog food
and cat food considered as contaminated. So what's all the fuss
about? What horrible things can bad contaminated dog
food do to your canine companion, and more importantly,
what can you do to prevent it? Just what is in these supposedly
nutritionally balanced meals that has got animal lovers in an
We humans are discouraged from
consuming too much canned goods for various health reasons.
The same holds true for dogs.
Moist dog food is packed in cans.
You can just imagine all the chemicals and preservatives injected
into the whole package, mostly to add flavor, enhance palatability,
and even improve appearance.
What's truly disconcerting is
the fact that animal by-products, the main components of pet
food, are already bombarded with chemicals long before they
reach the processing plant. So even if the can's label tells
you otherwise, there really is no such thing as a "No Preservatives"
Dry dog food is even worse. Since
canning in itself is already a preserving process, moist dog food
contains less of the hazardous chemicals used to prolong shelf life
compared with its dry counterpart.
Another problem is the ingredients
themselves, usually meat, poultry, and grains. Whatever parts are
considered unfit for human consumption, such as innards, blood,
and bones, make up the by-products that are ground and blended into
what we know as pet food. In reality, they are bad dog food.
The thing is, it is not always slaughtered
animals that make their way into these meals, but oftentimes, diseased
carcasses and euthanized creatures are included also. And the drugs
and bacteria, like Salmonella and Escherichia coli, thriving in
these 'meats' do not always die during processing, which incidentally,
destroys much of the nutritional content as well.
Furthermore, when moldy grain is
thrown in, as well as all the other synthetic and unnatural additives
the numbers of which are too many to count with both hands, you
then have a lethal canine cocktail. It doesn't take a nutrition
expert to know that this spells disaster for the end user, i.e.,
innocent little Fido.
Harmful effects of bad dog
food include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
But that's just for starters. The more dangerous toxins, like butylated
hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), and ethoxyquin,
which are all permitted in small doses, can cause cancer, organ
failure, and ultimately, death when consumed over a long period.
So what can you, the dog owner, do
about all this? Voice your concerns. Contact pet food companies
and call for better quality products so you get your money's worth.
Or try making your own home made dog food. At least
then, you can be sure about what your beloved pet is actually eating
and you will have peace of mind for the both of you. If you sense
something may be wrong, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Your ever-loyal and devoted dog deserves
more than just a dishful of potentially contaminated bad
dog food. Don't you think it's time you showed him just
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