The majority of dried pet food brands available on the market contain ingredients labelled “by products”. They may be labelled as chicken, poultry, lamb or meat.
Looks harmless enough, but that’s not the full story. Depending on what type of by-product they are, they will not be doing your pet much good…and they may even be harmful.
If the by-product is from a specified type of animal – chicken, poultry – etc then the result is not as bad as it could be. The petfood industry’s standard definition of chicken by-product, for example, is:
“the non-rendered clean parts of carcasses of slaughtered chickens such as heads, feet, viscera, free from fecal content and foreign matter except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice”
In other words, all of the waste unfit for human consumption.
However, if the animal is not specified, the by-product could contain almost anything. The industry standard definition of “meat by-product” is:
“the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents.”
In a word, by-products are simply slaughterhouse waste. So why do petfood companies use them?
You might be interested to know that water can be one of the major causes of digestive problems for pets. When a dog or cat drink, bacteria in their mouth will drip and down and can contaminate their drinking water. Within hours these bacteria can grow to the point where they pose a risk to the animal’s digestive tract. Make sure you clean the bowl and change your pet’s water twice a day. Also use the largest bowl you can find.
Food is often blamed for a dog’s ‘sensitive’ stomach, and rightly so. However, if you are feeding a quality food (without by-products or fillers) it is less likely the food – could it be the water?
“RAW MEATY BONES (especially from poultry) can be quite healthy and are generally considered safe and digestible for most dogs. However, never feed cooked bones of any kind. And avoid weight bearing leg bones from larger animals. They can easily splinter and become dangerous.”
Dogs are obviously designed to eat raw food, including bones. Salmonella and other bacteria can definitely be a concern, however, so make sure the bones come from a reasonable source. The real problem with cooked bones, however, is that they can easily splinter inside your pet.
Raw bones can also promote gum and teeth health, although a quality dried food kibble can also perform the same function.
“It has taken me 20 years as veterinary doctor to realize that 90% of health problems in dogs is due to their food” (Dr Michael W. Fox)
With so many different brands of dog food on the market – and the billions spent on advertising – it is easy to believe that there isn’t a lot of difference between dog foods. After all, they all claim to offer “complete nutrition” and be “totally healthy” for your pet. They all come with attractive packaging and show images of healthy, happy pets. And while we know that the more expensive foods are probably a bit better for our dog’s health, the cheaper ones sold in supermarkets can’t be that bad….after all, they sell them, don’t they?
We’re delighted to let you know that in our recent appeal for the pets affected by the Christchurch earthquake we have been able to send a shipment of 210 kg of Pro Pac dog and cat food.
As you know, for every 15kg bag of Pro Pac sold during the appeal we donated $20 worth of food, and $10 worth for every smaller bag. We also accepted cash donations.
The food is being distributed for us by Paw Justice, who are already working extensively to help the pets in Christchurch. (Paw Justice is a great organisation and you can see more of what they do at their website www.pawjustice.co.nz).
Shaughan Campbell, Co-Founder of Paw Justice says, “Thank you Petfood Direct and all your customers for your donation of Pro Pac. There is still a great shortage of pet food in Christchurch and your assistance is fantastic!”
THANK YOU for supporting this appeal. We have decided to continue the appeal until further notice, so remember any purchase of Pro Pac you make supports the misplaced pets of Christchurch.
We are currently undertaking a project in conjunction with one of the country’s top dog breeders to measure the effects of Pro Pac on an undernourished dog.
One of the country’s leading British bulldog breeders recently acquired a dog that had had trouble keeping weight and condition, despite being fed a quality brand of food.
Here is Blossom as she was ten days ago:
The latest news in (received today) is:
“Well good news on the bulldog as she has gained 2kilo’s already and is already looking noticably better both in body and coat.
She is eating a combination of both puppy and adult formula and being fed 4 times a day.
The physical and mental results in her are nothing short of wonderful.
We were in a mind that it would take many months to bring her back to physical health but we now see that with the progress she is making she will be back in full health within 2-3 months.”
She further had this to say:
“I can’t speak highly enough about Pro Pac. I have tried virtually every other brand on the market but with the results I’m getting with Pro Pac I simply couldn’t have hoped for better. It does a lot more than what it says it does which is the opposite of what usually happens. I am simply amazed”.
We get many reports from dog and cat owners seeing a noticeable difference in their pet which is truly heartening.