Is Your Pet Food Contaminated with euthanasia Drugs and Other Toxins?
Never before has the pet-food industry been rocked by widespread contamination
and rampant recalls. In all, more than 5,600 products by dozens of pet food
makers have been recalled, from chain supermarket brands to prescription-only
This is a staggering number of products, and is unprecedented in this
business. Thousands of deaths are due to the contamination, and many thousands
more have suffered illnesses. We shudder to think of the long-term impacts of
the compromised liver and kidney function and how this will affect thousands
of companion animals in America.
Leading experts believe that the severe reactions
experienced by some cats and dogs were the result of an interaction of chemicals,
between the melamine and a list of other culprits, including phenobarbital and cyuranic acid. Thousands . Thousands of
Cats and dogs suffered kidney failure, and many died after eating the affected
In February 2002, the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine
on the Risk from Pentobarbital in Dog Food.
Because in addition to producing anesthesia, pentobarbital is routinely used to euthanize animals,
the most likely way it could get into dog food would be in rendered animal products.
Rendered products come from a process that converts animal tissues to feed ingredients.
Pentobarbital seems to be able to survive the rendering process. If animals are euthanized
with pentobarbital and subsequently rendered, pentobarbital could be present in the rendered feed ingredients.
San Francisco Chronicle staff writer John Eckhouse went even
further with an expose entitled "How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled into Pet
Food." Eckhouse wrote: "Each year, millions of dead American dogs
and cats are processed along with billions of
pounds of other animal materials
by companies known as renderers. The finished product... tallow and meat meal...
serve as raw materials for thousands of items that include cosmetics and pet food.
Rendering plants process decomposing animal carcasses, large roadkill and
euthanised dogs and cats into a dry protein product that is sold to the pet
food industry. One small plant in Quebec, Ontario, renders 10 tons (22,000 pounds)
of dogs and cats per week. The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture states that "the
fur is not removed from dogs and cats" and that "dead animals are cooked together
with viscera, bones and fat at 115° C (235° F) for 20 minutes".
Some of these dead pets - those euthanised by veterinarians - already contain
pentobarbital before treatment with the denaturing process. According to University
of Minnesota researchers, the sodium pentobarbital used to
euthanise pets "survives rendering without undergoing degradation". Fat stabilisers are introduced into
the finished rendered product to prevent rancidity.
Common chemical stabilisers
include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) -
both known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction - and ethoxyquin, a suspected
carcinogen. Many semi-moist dog foods contain propylene glycol - first cousin
to the anti-freeze agent, ethylene glycol, that destroys red blood-cells. Lead
frequently shows up in pet foods, even those made from livestock meat and bone
meal. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, titled "Lead in Animal
Foods", found that a nine-pound cat fed on commercial pet food ingests more
lead than the amount considered potentially toxic for children.
"Vegetable protein", the mainstay of dry dog foods, includes ground yellow
corn, wheat shorts and middlings, soybean meal, rice husks, peanut meal and
peanut shells (identified as "cellulose" on pet food labels). These often are
little more than the sweepings from milling room floors. Stripped of their oil,
germ and bran, these "proteins" are deficient in essential fatty acids, fat-soluble
vitamins and antioxidants. "Animal protein" in commercial pet foods can include
diseased meat, roadkill, contaminated material from slaughterhouses, faecal
matter, rendered cats and dogs and poultry feathers. The major source of animal
protein comes from dead-stock removal operations that supply so-called "4-D"
animals - dead, diseased, dying or disabled - to "receiving plants" for hide,
fat and meat removal. The meat (after being doused with charcoal and marked
"unfit for human consumption") may then be sold for pet food.
Feed your Pet Safe and Nutritious Food
Look for quality
healthy kibbles for dogs and cats made in the USA with totally safe and natural ingredients.
Your companion animal deserves the very best and their veterinarian-formulated
products include only human-quality ingredients, to ensure the health and well-being
of dogs and cats. These healthy pet food contain no wheat, corn,
potentially harmful chemical additives, artificial colors or flavors. Their
holistic foods are made with an exclusive “fast-cook” process, to lock in natural
flavors and nutrition, in order to help build a strong foundation for a long
and healthy life for your pet. Choose a food that reflects your love for your
Dr. Don E. Lundholm, D.V.M. - We are seeing disease conditions in
animals that we did not see years ago. Many of these may be traced to
less than optimum nutrition and diet as the source..."
Practices Used by Some Pet Food Manufacturer:
POOR PROTEIN SOURCES
Soybean Meal, Wheat, Corn Glutens, Corn Meal, Whole Corn, Crushed Corn and Ground
Corn are commonly used for their protein content in many pet foods. These ingredients
are generally poor sources of protein vs. meat.
BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin are found in many pet foods. Scientific studies have
proven that these chemicals can be harmful. In fact, they have been shown to
promote liver disease and other medical problems.
Food colorings are still commonly used in pet foods today despite the fact that
they are not necessary and some have been linked to medical problems.
By-products can vary ... they can consist of the internal parts of animals such
as necks, heads, undeveloped eggs, feet, intestines, lungs, spleen and liver.
Pet Food Recall
Condemned parts and animals rejected for human consumption can be rerouted into
commercial pet foods. These condemned parts are referred to as the 4 D's: dead,
dying, diseased or decayed. We believe this is one of the most despicable practices
in the pet food manufacturing industry.
The pet nutrition industry is a multi-billion dollar industry full of hype and false
claims. Consumers are being duped into believing that they are feeding their
pets healthy foods, when in actuality they are feeding nothing more than inferior
meat meals, cheap grains (including corn and soy), fillers, by-products, pesticides,
preservatives and toxins.
Pet Food is the only food industry allowed to lie to consumers.
The only food industry given FDA permission to violate federal
food safety law. Buyer Beware is the documented truth about what
millions of pet parents are unknowingly feeding their pets. "
While pet food advertising bombards us with the images of plump fresh meats,
brightly colored vegetables, and beautiful grains in their products,
Susan talks about ethoxyquin, recalls, rendering, and deceptive advertising.
And she’s got the facts to back up her writings. Something, as you will learn
from reading this book, the pet food industry is not required to have.
It is high time that the pet food industry’s secrets were brought to light.
In her groundbreaking book, Buyer Beware, author Susan Thixton,
reveals the widespread corruption and greed endemic of the industry.
That pet food is the lucrative answer to the disposal of billions of
tons of waste from the manufacturers of products for humans. The
companies that profit from the diversion of waste material are some
of the largest conglomerates in the nation. They enjoy the benefits of
operating in an industry lacking meaningful oversight to create the pet
food brands that dominate the world market today.
The primary ingredient in
many dry commercial pet foods is not protein but
cereal. Corn and wheat are the most common grains used but, as with the meat
sources, the nutritious parts of the grain are generally present only in trace
amounts. The corn gluten meal or wheat middlings added to pet foods are the
leftovers after the grain has been processed for human use, containing little
nutritional value. Or they may be grain that is too moldy for humans to eat,
so it's incorporated into pet food.
Mycotoxins, potentially deadly fungal toxins that multiply in moldy grains,
have been found in pet foods in recent years. In 1995, Nature's Recipe recalled
tons of their dog food after dogs became ill from eating it. The food was found
to contain vomitoxin, a mycotoxin. Harmful chemicals and preservatives are added
to both wet and dry food. For example, sodium nitrite, a coloring agent and
preservative and potential carcinogen, is a common additive. Other preservatives
include ethoxyquin (an insecticide that has been linked to liver cancer) and
BHA and BHT, chemicals also suspected of causing cancer. The average dog can
consume as much as 26 pounds of preservatives every year from eating commercial
Food Pets Die for : Shocking Facts About Pet Food
A must read for all veterinarians, and for all pet owners! "We need to pay
attention to what we are feeding our animals. Not only as this book says, with
the food, but also we need to support their
immune systems. In Super Nutrition for Dogs n' Cats extra information is provided
on all the illness caused by malnutrition, mineral
and enzyme deficiencies that we normally don't think of. Ever wonder why there
are so many vets?...too many sick pets because of the food and lack of proper
nutrients. Everyone ought to pay attention!"
"Ann Martin's investigation into the commercial
pet food industry has become a classic. This is the book I often recommend when
people ask me what's wrong with (most) commercial dog and cat foods. However,
I can't recommend this book without pointing out some of the errors in the second
part of the book, the part that focuses on feeding a
homemade diet. First of all, it needs to be said
that while cooking the meat can indeed destroy bacteria and parasites (as well
as destroying valuable enzymes and changing the meat's molecular structure),
cooking does *not* destroy the antibiotics, pesticides, artificial growth hormones,
etc., as Martin claims. The only way to avoid these harmful substances is to
stop supporting factory
farming and buy ethically raised, organic meats.
Yes, such meat is more
expensive, but personally I'd rather pay more and know that I'm not supporting
the needless torture of animals and the destruction of the environment. At this
point you may wonder why we feed our dogs meat at all. Well, the humans in our
house are indeed longtime vegetarians, but dogs are carnivores and while they
can survive on a properly supplemented vegetarian diet, such a species inappropriate
diet is far from ideal. Our family's GWPs have been thriving on a diet based
on raw meats and bones for thirty years now. While it's been my experience that
raw diets are indeed preferable for most dogs, there are certainly cases where
cooked diets are more appropriate. Some dogs -- usually due to certain medical
conditions -- simply do not do well on a raw diet, and in such cases a home cooked
diet is the best option.
Are Soybeans Making your Pet Sick?
A quick scan of supermarket dog and cat food labels indicates that
about half of the commercial dry pet foods have soy as the main protein
source, with soy appearing as the first ingredient after corn or (in
some very high protein products such as kitten food) as the first ingredient.
Cheetahs and Soybeans
by Sue Ann Bowling Ph.D
This article is provided as a public service by the Geophysical
Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, in cooperation with the UAF
research community. Dr. Sue Ann Bowling is an Associate Professor of
Physics at the Institute.
Pity the poor cheetahs! These speedy spotted cats managed to survive
one population crisis, which left them the most inbred wild animal known.
Then human inroads on their habitat and hunting for their fur shoved
them toward a second population crisis, which seemed headed off by captive
breeding. Now it appears that the zoo diet in North America is simultaneously
killing them off with liver disease and preventing them from breeding
In 1985, 29 American zoo cheetahs died and only 18 were born, and
7 of the 18 died before adulthood. Only about 10% of North American
adult female cheetahs have been producing live cubs in the last 5 years,
compared with 60 to 80 % in other countries.
Since North American cheetahs mostly eat a commercial feline diet
based on horsemeat and soy, while the cheetahs living and breeding more
successfully elsewhere are being fed whole carcasses, a group of researchers
in Ohio decided to look at the zoo cheetah's food. They found that the
soybean part of the diet (the same textured soy protein and soy flakes
used increasingly as a meat extender in human diets) contained natural
plant estrogens, chemicals akin to mammalian female hormones and having
some of the same effects. When these chemicals were injected into immature
female mice, they caused damage to the mice's uteruses.
Experiments were carried out at the zoo as well as in the lab. When
four cheetahs in the Cincinnati Zoo were switched to a diet based on
chicken meat without soy, their liver function improved. Right now we
don't know whether they will breed again or whether permanent damage
What does this mean in terms of other soy consumers? Cheetahs are
likely to be exceptionally sensitive to problems of any kind because
they are so inbred. On the other hand, soy made up a relatively small
percentage of the cheetahs' diet, and apparently all cats are rather
poor at getting rid of extra estrogens. Our pets might face some problems.
A quick scan of supermarket dog and cat food labels indicates that
about half of the commercial dry pet foods have soy as the main protein
source, with soy appearing as the first ingredient after corn or (in
some very high protein products such as kitten food) as the first ingredient.
As a dog breeder I would hesitate to maintain my breeding stock on a
commercial diet that used soy as the primary protein source, or listed
soy as one of the top three ingredients. But other questions need to
be answered, as well.
How about the human consumption of soy? At the present time, our
western diets don't contain all that much soy, though what they do contain
is often in the form of textured soy protein, which has over twice the
estrogen content of soy flakes. This in itself indicates that the method
of preparing soy may affect the estrogen content of the final food.
Oriental diets have used soy for far longer than have Western ones.
Do traditional Oriental methods of preparing soybeans for consumption
remove some of the plant estrogens? I asked one of the researchers,
and he replied that tofu has far less plant estrogens per unit weight
than does textured soy protein. No measurements had yet been made, however,
based on the ratio of estrogens to protein.
Agriculturists and plant breeders need to look at soybean estrogens,
too. Do drought, temperature, soil fertility or day length affect their
concentration? Do different varieties of soybeans differ in how much
of these substances the beans contain? Can low-estrogen varieties be
The cheetah study has raised more questions than it has answered
-- not an uncommon result of scientific research!
"Dr Fitzpatrick's literature review uncovered evidence that soy consumption
has been linked to numerous disorders, including infertility, increased
cancer and infantile leukemia; and, in studies dating back to the 1950s,
that genistein in soy causes endocrine disruption in animals."
Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD - "The soybean contains
large quantities of natural toxins or "antinutrients". First among them
are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other
for protein digestion. These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins
that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can
produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic
deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin
inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas,
including cancer. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting
substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. Trypsin inhibitors
and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors."
You get to a point where you realize that the perfect diet is wholeheartedly
loving your pets.
Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine
Following is an excerpt from chapter 8 "Let Food be Thy Medicine"
from 'Shock to
the System' by Catherine O’Driscoll
After Oliver and Prudence died, and my other dogs were suffering
from animal and pet health disorders such as thyroid disease, arthritis, allergies and autoimmune disease, I
read an article in an Australian dog magazine about raw meaty bones
for dogs. It was as though a light bulb went on in my head: I had been
starving my dogs to death with a complete dry dog food that wasn’t sustaining
life. I immediately switched my dogs to the raw meaty bone diet, and
my dogs thrived. Our vet bills dropped by 65% and, when we surveyed
CHC members who had switched their dogs to the RMB diet on our advice,
they reported an 85% drop in veterinary visits. People wrote to us to
tell us how healthy their dogs were on raw food – glossier coats, more
vitality, skin problems clearing up, lovely clean teeth, clean breath,
and in some cases, medication was no longer required.
We were so enamored by the positive changes in our dog's health, that we invested a great
deal of time and money in promoting raw feeding for dogs. That diet
is now used by thousands of delighted animal guardians around the world.
I believe this to be true: the vast majority of carnivores thrive on
the food that Nature has designed over millions of years to sustain
life. That is, prey animals like rabbits, rats, deer, mice, lambs, hens,
and so on, uncooked. Dogs, being scavengers, also thrive on eggs, berries,
fruit and the food that they might find in the prey’s stomach, such
as grains and vegetable matter. You should see Edward on walks around
the country estate we live on. He picks raspberries from the bushes
and jumps to pick apples from the trees. He also enjoys catching and
One day, something happened to modify my view. My friend Sally Cronk
came to visit for a week, bringing her German Shepherd Etta with her.
Etta hadn’t eaten raw meaty bones before, but Sally was keen for her
to try the natural diet. So Etta had raw chicken wings alongside my
own dogs. When Etta got home, Sally had to take her to the vets, where
she stayed for several days on a drip. The reason, it transpired after
some deduction, was that Etta could not tolerate the energy – the life
force – in raw food. Countless generations of breeding and artificial
food had modified the dog so that she could not tolerate real food.
Then, when my own Sophie reached the age of 15, she started to develop
diarrhoea. I tried everything to help her: homoeopathic remedies, antibiotics,
herbs – all to no avail. I happen to be extremely fortunate in that
I have a friend who is a medical intuitive who is also very knowledgeable
about canine health. In desperation, I telephoned her on Sophie’s behalf,
only to be told that Sophie could no longer, at her great age, tolerate
the energy in raw meaty bones. I was advised to switch Sophie to a tinned
senior dog food and, after a while, I could revert to real food, but
this time cooking it for Sophie. Gosh darnit, but my friend was right.
Principles were thrown to the wind, and the tinned food halted Sophie’s
diarrhoea. After a while I was able to cook her chicken, white fish
and vegetables, and she lived to a good age of 17. Then I read about
a dog in the media who made it to 21. Unbelievably to me, this dog had
been a vegetarian since she had been rescued as a puppy! Her owner phoned
me one day so I was able to ask questions: the dog wasn’t vaccinated
every year, but her owner was a serious vegetarian who studied the protein
requirements of her canines and gave them the nutrients they needed
by adding vegetable protein sources to the diet.
Another lady came to me with her aggressive dog. The dog was eating
a dry food and I wondered whether this might be the source of the problem
(since some of the commercial processed foods can provoke aggression
in dogs). After much deduction, it transpired that this dog actually
did very well on the dry food. Her owner had tried raw, but the result
had been huge digestive upset. The difficulty, it transpired, was that
the dog wasn’t sure of her place in the family, and she was behaving
aggressively to balance-out her owner’s overly meek behaviour. So once
again I will repeat: most dogs thrive on a natural raw diet, with some
Quite a few years ago I was invited to attend and speak at a holistic
dog camp run by a wonderful woman called Wendy Volhard. Wendy’s knowledge
and understanding of canine dietary requirements is awesome. Her knowledge
is backed by around forty years of science: she has consistently advised
her followers to take blood samples for analysis from their dogs, enabling
them to ascertain whether the diet is producing health or ill-health
before unwanted consequences arise.
Most importantly, Wendy advocates muscle testing so that owners can
work out the specific dietary requirements of their animals. And so
do I. Some dogs, it transpires, fare better with lamb than beef, others
better with chicken than lamb, and so on. Just like humans, dogs are
not all uniform in their requirements. No individual, of whatever species,
is anything other than unique.
Take a simple example: some humans (and individuals of any species)
need more food than others. We know this because some lucky blighters
can eat anything they like and stay slim. Others who try to get away
with eating the same amount pile the weight on. Rob and I are a prime
example (sob). We walk the dogs together, so our exercise levels are
pretty similar. Rob is like his mother and I, sadly, am like my mother.
Genetically, Rob is skinny, and I am not.
Our dogs, Edward, Dannie and Gwinnie, also have differing dietary
requirements. Gwinnie is prone to putting on weight – she gets less
to eat than the boys, much to her disappointment. She also fares better
on white meats and good amounts of vegetable matter. Dannie tests positive
for high purine foods, like beef and liver. Edward, bless him, at the
age of nine, needs to avoid high purine foods. Edward’s limbs ache in
the evenings, showing symptoms somewhat like gout. Gout is caused by
an excess of uric acid in the body. Uric acid results from the breakdown
of purines. The excess can be caused by either an over-production of
uric acid by the body or the under-elimination of uric acid by the kidneys.
Also, the ingestion of foods high in purines can raise uric acid levels
in the blood and precipitate gout attacks in some ‘people’.
According to the American Medical Association, purine-containing
foods include anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roe, herring, yeast,
organ meat, beans, peas, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, and cauliflower.
Foods that may be beneficial to people with gout, however, include dark
berries, white meats, fatty acids, salmon, and white fish. A herbal
blend containing garlic, artichoke, turmeric, milk thistle and yucca
can help lower uric acid levels in the body. Aloe vera and vitamin C
can also reduce inflammatory reactions in the body. Basically, Edward
needs more vegetables and fruits than Dannie does, and supplements that
Dannie doesn’t need. This is reflected by the fact that Edward helps
himself to fruit in the environment, and Dannie doesn’t. When I eat
an apple, Edward wants some; Dannie isn’t interested.
This isn’t to say, of course, that we should always follow our, or
our animals’, likes and dislikes when it comes to food. I just love
chocolate and puddings, but these aren’t necessarily foods. They are
designed to excite the palate – different function. We can also be addicted
to the foods we are allergic to. This is why I believe we all need to
find a diagnostic tool to help us work out the best diet for ourselves,
and for our animals. Then, once we have established the best diet, we
need a rudimentary understanding of using foods as medicine (since they
can’t legislate food away from us, even though they might try to rob
us of our right to use vitamins, minerals and herbs therapeutically).
I am not going to tell you in this book how to dowse or muscle test.
The reason for this is that I don’t believe you can learn it on a page.
You need to find someone to teach you, in person. Actually, I’m offering
you a precious gift: the chance to go and meet interesting and knowledgeable
people who are a little further along the road than you. You’ll get
direct proof that dowsing and muscle testing is more than airy fairy
unscientific nonsense. You’ll find it works. In a year or a few months,
you will be where they are now: you’ll be your own expert. Go to your
local health shop and ask them to recommend someone who is a Kinesiologist
or a dowser. Ask around. You will find them near you. Enrol on a course
or have a few one-to-one sessions. We do, incidentally, teach both muscle
testing and dowsing during our Foundation in Canine Healthcare course.
There are also many books on animal nutrition which you can read. These are
given in the recommended reading list. I would, however, like to illustrate
some broad concepts for you to consider. It is, if you like, the skeleton
over which you can add the meat.
The Vigilante Guardian
by Jesse Dallas
Many pet owners are beginning to question the validity of conventional
methods used by veterinarians and are concerned about the health of
their dog or cat. Processed foods and drugs have seriously depleted
the natural vitality and immune systems of many pets. Though natural
health care for animals has been virtually non existent in the past,
it is rapidly growing in popularity as a cheaper, more effective alternative.
Sadly, it is often those who care most for their pets who, through
ignorance, can do the most harm. By closely identifying with their dog
or cat, pet owners tend to imagine that what is good for them will also
be good for their pet. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Dogs and cats are anatomically very different to humans. Their intestinal
tract, for example is only about half as long as a human's, and food
is therefore processed and assimilated very differently. Whereas large
amounts of red meat can cause cancer in humans, a lack of raw red meat
in an animal's diet can lead to serious health problems.
Animals require the enzymes, amino acids and other nutrients in the
raw meat in order to stay healthy. Many skin and coat problems are a
direct result of a lack of raw animal fat in the diet - fat which humans
often believe is bad for their pet. Animals need at least 30% raw fat,
and their systems are not designed to handle cooked meat or cooked fat.
Restaurant grease has become a major component of feed-grade animal
fat over the last 15 years. Often held in 50-gallon drums for weeks
or months in extreme temperatures, this grease is usually kelp outside
with no regard for its safety or further use.
The rancid grease is then picked up by fat blenders who mix the animal and vegetable fats together,
stabilize them with powerful antioxidants to prevent further spoilage,
and then sell the blended products to pet food companies. Rancid, heavily
preserved fats are extremely difficult to digest and can lead to a host
of animal health problems, including digestive upsets, diarrhea, gas,
and bad breath. In the wild, a panther or jackal does not barbecue,
grill or smoke its prey. It definitely does not walk to the local supermarket
to buy dry food either.
Yet most pet owners recoil at the thought of
feeding raw meat to their dog or cat, concerned about bacteria or parasites.
However, dogs and cats don't get salmonella poisoning because their
digestive system is so acidic (or at least it should be) that it kills
everything. This is why a dog can bury a bone and dig it up two weeks
later and eat the rotting meat. Humans on the other hand, can pick up
parasites more easily because their digestive tract is nowhere near as acidic as that of a carnivore.
The meat contained in canned pet food is cooked, devoid of 'real'
nutrients and usually contains many potentially harmful preservatives,
colorings and additives. Dry and processed canned food also lack the
natural teeth cleaning properties of fresh raw meat. Without the natural
cleansing action of the meat on the teeth, unhealthy bacteria builds
up in the mouth, causing infection and foul smelling breath. The high
salt content in some pet foods can cause animals to become unnaturally
high strung and nervous.
For a return to health, pets require a diet which strengthens the
immune system and most closely resembles that which they would get in
the wild. It's really easy to do. Essentially, you feed your pet a combination
of certain raw meats and select from a host of raw vegetables. Then
by being aware of a few animal nutrition guidelines, you've made your
pet the best diet it can eat!
The best type of food you can feed your dog or cat is food you make
yourself. It is the most natural, most nutritionally balanced, most
easily digested and of much higher quality than canned or dry food.
Many commercially produced pet foods contain preservatives such as BHA,
BHT, or even MSG which can cause birth defects, liver and kidneys problems,
baldness and brain defects. They may also be carcinogenic and what is
really scary is that humans eat these preservatives also in such foods
as breakfast cereals.
The salt content of many pet foods can be as high as 1000 times more
salt than what your pet needs in one day. The excess salt can cause
high blood pressure and heart disease in animals. Epilepsy is now more
common in dogs than in humans. Semi-moist pet food usually contain as
much as 25% sugar which can come in many forms such as sucrose, corn
syrup, beet pulp, and caramel to name a few. Other foods can contain
up to 10% propylene glycol. Both sugar and propylene glycol are linked
to obesity, allergies, tooth decay and other problems like forms cancer.
Propylene glycol sister ethylene glycol is used in the making of anti-freeze
and to think it's in the food we feed our pets. Once again, our foods
like common salad dressings contain propylene glycol also (just read
the label). A relatively new ingredient in pet food is ethoxyquin which
has been implicated with thyroid problems, hair loss and reproductive
disorders. A component of ethoxyquin - quinoline - is regarded by some
in the scientific community as the ultimate carcinogen. Ethoxyquin is
made by Monsanto, the same company that makes the lawn pesticide known
as Roundup, the Bovine Growth Hormone and Monsanto also makes the chemicals
sprayed onto new carpets.
Ethoxyquin which was originally created as
a rubber hardener has also been used as a pesticide and at one point
was deemed 'harmful and deleterious', but in 1958, Monsanto had its
lobbyists influence politicians. The result was Monsanto had the laws
changed. Monsanto must have had good lobbyists because in order to get
the laws changed, it took an Act of Congress known as 'The Food Additive
Amendment of 1958'. This amendment was passed making the words in the
law say that exthoxyquin was safe even though studies showed its toxicity!
The real scary part about ethoxyquin is that it is undetectable and so
even though a label may not read it has ethoxyquin, it could be there.
Homemade pet food is not only free of such harmful additives, but
has the added benefit of containing natural remedies for common ailments.
Garlic for example, contains sulfur which acts as a natural flea and tick repellent.
The acidity of raw meat creates an environment in which mucous in which
worms thrive disappear. Since the worms cannot survive in a healthy
body, homemade pet food has the added advantage of increasing the animal's
vitality and subsequently reducing veterinarian bills for the owner.
How you care for your pet's coat can be just as important as the
diet. Any shampoo that is intended for external use only or is meant
to kill fleas, should be avoided. If the label reads 'domestic' and
has a guarantee on the label, it means it is a pesticide for home use
and is therefore still a poison. These shampoos are absorbed through
the skin and can damage the liver and kidneys; weaken the immune system,
and will ultimately not even kill fleas. Only a strong immune system
will keep your pet free of fleas. Fleas, like many parasites build up
resistance to insecticide shampoos. So, the application of such products
can only be harmful to your pet.
Providing natural and simple health care to your pets brings numerous
benefits to both humans and pets. Those who do not feel they have time
to prepare homemade food will be happy to know that it really only takes
a few minutes a day and a week's worth of food can be made and frozen.
Sadly, most people wait until their pet is sick before they take action.
It's so easy to see your pet as being healthy on the outside, but if
only we could see the inside. So get informed today because after all,
your pet is a living being and your pet depends on you to take care
of him or her!!!
Editor's Paw Note: The Vigilante Guardian by Jesse Dallas was first
published in the June, 1995 edition of the Vancouver magazine called
'Shared Vision' and had an absolutely phenomenal reception. The information,
although written 2 years ago, is still pertinent in 1997 and we hope
you have enjoyed it as much as all those who read it in 1995.
Domesticated animals (including ferrets and rodents) suffer from
minerals and vitamin deficiency. Our soil, plants, and especially
commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients. Scientists
theorize that mineral deficiency subjects us, and our animals, to more
diseases, aging, sickness and destruction of our physical well-being
than any other factor in personal health. Domesticated ferrets, like
our domesticated dogs and cats, are prone to suffer from minerals and
trace mineral deficiency which makes them prone to diseases. A good
source of naturally occurring trace minerals and vitamins for ferrets
and other pets are:
- Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. - says that marine phytoplankton contains
almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health
by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally.
Marine phytoplankton has been called "the most nutritionally dense
foods on the planet". Containing a wide range of trace elements,
amino acids, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and cellular
materials, marine phytoplankton promotes and maintains optimum health
by boosting and supporting all systems within the body.
- Seaweed (kelp) and edible
Sea Vegetables have been acknowledged
as a detoxifyer, a balanced nourishment and a miraculous healing
plant. Ocean / Sea algae are the richest natural source of minerals,
trace minerals and rear earth elements.
- Fulvic acid with humic minerals
consist of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occurring powerful
phytochemicals, biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical
scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones,
amino acids, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals
- Bee Pollen contains
all the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating
elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer's
yeast and wheat germ. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced
nutrition, common in the customs of our present-day civilization
of consuming incomplete foods.
- Flaxoil: Holistic veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they
supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil
and other nutrients key to animal health and vitality. The vets are
finding remarkable results in clearing up skin conditions, relieving
arthritic and inflammatory pain, as well as improved over all pet
health. Suzie Zeeman gives flaxoil to her ferrets. She says that their fur looks shinny
and thick, and feels soft and smooth since on flax oil."