Most people don’t really think too much about their dog or pet’s food.  Sure, a lot of people like to try to make sure you’re feeding what you think is good food, high quality food but do you really think about or know what’s in the food your dog eats?  I think the pet food recall made people more aware  but most people just switched brands to something that wasn’t on the almost daily growing recall lists.

Even prior to the recall I was interested in what was actually in dog food and started doing some research and what I found out changed what I feed my babies forever!

Jezzie always had serious problem with allergies and it was when I was looking into the possible causes that I discovered what was really in our pet’s food, things most pet food manufacturers really don’t want you to know about.  I wrote a series of articles;

Let’s Talk Dog Food – ‘Dog Food 101? – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

And I came across an older video that was sort of a companion to the series – Is ‘Fluffy’ In Our Pet Foods? VIDEO – pretty disturbing! (be patient if you view this video, it take a minute or so to load)

And now here’s yet another video about what’s really in our pet’s food.  I warn you, it’s very graphic and disturbing!!  But more importantly, it’s also very real!!

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There are few regulations about what’s allowed and not allowed in our pet’s food and even though regulations were supposed to tighten up after the recall, things really haven’t changed much at all.

As scary as it is, just about anything can be used and rendered down as a protein source. Even pet foods labeled as “natural” aren’t necessarily what they’re cracked up to be.

A lot of people will tell you there’s nothing wrong with all the stuff, the by-products, the grains, the additives, etc., that’s in dog and pet food and to a degree that may be true but I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t feed mine commercial dog food.  I changed their diet over to a combination of raw and home-cooked and almost immediately within days noticed a big change in Jezzie’s allergies, among many other things.

I’m not saying there’s aren’t some good commercially made dog and pet foods out there, most notably the higher end organics and there have been quite a few new offering by smaller companies answering the call from many pet parents for “real” food for their pets. It’s out there, you just need to take the time to find it and often pay the price which is usually quite a bit higher than your “off the shelf” foods.  Or you can do it yourself.  It costs me no more to feed mine than a decent quality commercial food but it does take some time but I can tell you one thing, to me it’s worth every minute!

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