The recent rash of pet food recalls and lawsuits has been devastating to pet owners. Beneful, Pedigree, Evangers (recalled due to being contaminated with an euthanasia drug!) and many more have been recalled due to contamination with plastic, salmonella, drugs and more. Over the years, many have been recalled for various and sundry reasons.
Most brands of pet food have been recalled. Heck, human food has been recalled. Our food supply is tainted, and it's a problem we have to face.
So pet owners have a dilemma about what to feed their pets. I think the absolute best thing you can do for your pets is to cook for them with your own food. You can find many recipes online or perhaps your vet can help. Just remember that dogs and cats have different nutrient needs than humans, so it's necessary to do some research. Protein needs are higher for cats than dogs, and they need less carbs.
By the way, most allopathic veterinarians sell and recommend Science Diet. Science Diet is one of the worst foods you can feed your pets. They come out of vet school being brainwashed by Science Diet and then sell it in their own practices. Don't know if it's true, but I have heard that Science Diet helps with grants for veterinary students.
Many of us have very busy lives and can't find the time to cook. Try a freeze dried food. My favorite is Dr. Harvey's, and they have dog, cat and bird food. You can always add in some human food. Using a good freeze dried food as a base ensures that your pet will have a balanced meal every day.
I have a friend who feeds her dogs that way. Every Sunday, she bakes up a batch of human food for her dogs and refrigerates and freezes it. That way she can get through the week. She mixes it with the freeze dried food and feeds it daily.
I think dry extruded foods are the absolute worst for our pets. The incidents of kidney disease in cats is exploding. Most cats will get kidney disease if they live long enough. It's a pretty horrible disease to deal with and hard to watch. Cancer in dogs and cats is occurring in epic proportions. I think it's at least in part caused by food. It's very convenient to have a bag of dry food to put out every day, but it definitely is shortening the life of pets.
And of course the incidence of allergy in dogs is horrendous. Skin conditions abound. I think most of these allergy problems are caused by pet food, but that's a different topic.
As of today, you can find a list of pet food recalls on the FDA website. They list all the foods recalled and the reasons why. http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/.
Here is just one page of recent recalls:
|Date||Brand Name||Product Description||Reason/ Problem||Company|
|02/14/2017||Against the Grain||Dog Food||Potential presence of pentobarbital||Against The Grain Pet Foods|
|02/09/2017||Grreat||Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice||Metal Pieces||PetSmart|
|02/03/2017||Evanger’s||12oz Hunk of Beef Dog food||Pentobarbital||Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co.|
|01/13/2017||Grange Co-op Rouge||Rabbit Pellets||Contain high levels of vitamin D||Grange Co-op|
|01/13/2017||Blue Ridge Beef||Raw Dog and Cat food||Listeria monocytogenes||Blue Ridge Beef|
|01/06/2017||9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM||Canned cat food||Possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1)||J.M. Smucker Company|
|01/03/2017||9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM||Canned cat food||Possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1)||J.M. Smucker Company|
|12/28/2016||Duravet||Duramycin-10 Soluble Powder||Stability Failure||Huvepharma, Inc|
|12/23/2016||JES||Premium 40 Tubs (beef cattle feed)||Elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen||Whitestone Feeds, Inc.|
|12/14/2016||Ridley Block Operations||Beef cattle feed||Elevated levels on non-protein nitrogen||Ridley Block Operations|