What Are We Feeding Our Pets?

Jerky Ingredients

This is the ingredient list from a well known brand of ‘jerky treats’ for dogs.

Such treats are animal junk food and are not healthy substitutes for real nutrition.

Beef:  Feedlot steer stand knee deep in their own muck most of their lives. They are fed with hormones to boost growth rate. The word ‘beef’ gives no clue as to the source of the meat. Some dogs can be allergic to beef as it is not a food they would seek in the wild unless they are wolves and in a pack.

Rye Flour, Soy & Corn:  Grains are not easily digested by dogs. Especially grains that have been genetically modified to withstand saturation with extremely toxic pesticides. Most of the commercial corn and soy in this country is GMO. Every time you feed your animals ( or children ) these products you are gambling with their health.

Corn Syrup: This is a highly concentrated sugar. What is the point of feeding a dog sugar? Sugar is addictive. So animals just LOVE the treats and always want more. “Can’t eat just one” is the mantra of the snack industry. Use of sugar in pet treats leads to obesity, and diabetes.

Propylene Glycol: This is a chemical used to make fireworks. Though there are several ‘grades’, its use  in food remains controversial. The FDA includes Pharmaceutical grade PG on its Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list. The World Health Organization also considers it as safe for use. In-spite of that, it has known complications. “Though cancer might not be a concern, it was found that PG provoked allergic reactions in patients with eczema and other skin allergies, even in formulations of much less than 50%. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) cites skin, liver and kidney damage that can result from contact with PG, and it gives safe handling instructions, calling it a hazardous substance.”

Natural Smoke Flavor: Liquid smoke is made by burning sawdust and capturing the components in either water or a vegetable oil. ‘Natural Smoke Flavor’ is a chemical. It’s only purpose is to make the product smell better to you and your pet.

BHA: Though these preservatives have been known for decades to cause problems in humans, they are still used in pet food. Food and Drug Administration deem “generally recognized as safe,” while the National Institutes of Health, says it’s “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”  At high doses it causes cancer in lab animals.  The pressure to reduce the use of BHA & BHT has led to synthetic Vitamin E being substituted in better quality kibble and canned pet foods, but their use in ‘treats’ continues unnoticed by pet owners.

Allergic reactions can be immediate. Aanaphylactic shock is one example. But chronic long term problems such as recurrent bladder infections might also come from food allergy. So many modern domestic pets have skin and itch trouble. This problem has become widespread since the use of chemicals in pet food has increased. Your Veterinarian  might know this is true, but rather than suggest avoiding foods which cause these reactions, simply sell you some other chemical to ameliorate the symptoms. Or worse, give an unnecessary antibiotic shot to calm your concerns.

Be a Good Pet Parent. Protect your precious babes. Read Labels.

Feed your animal as much Real Food as tolerated – meat, vegetables, dairy & fruit.

Don’t sacrifice your family members health for the convenience processed foods give you.




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