A lot of mass market pet food today use feed grade ingredients, the rejects of what cannot reach our human market shelves. These include poultry, fish, beef, pork, lamb and even other animal protein sources such as horses, roadkill, and also euthanized dogs and cats!
“Meat meal can contain the boiled down flesh of animals we would find unacceptable for consumption. This can include zoo animals, road kill, and 4-D (dead, diseased, disabled, dying) livestock. Most shockingly, this also can include dogs and cats. That’s right, your pets could be cannibals. Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser writes, “Although leading American manufacturers promise never to put rendered pets into their pet food, it is still legal to do so. A Canadian company, Sanimal Inc., was putting 40,000 pounds of dead dogs and dead cats into its dog and cat food every week, until discontinuing the practice in June 2001. “This food is healthy and good,” said the company’s vice president of procurement, responding to critics, ”but some people don’t like to see meat meal that contains any pets.”Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/012647.html#ixzz1dCdGfnHn
These animal protein sources are usually scraps of healthy animals or whole parts of diseased, dying, dead and even euthanized animals, you can no longer recognize them after processing. Protein sources can include parts that are very hard to digest such as feathers, beaks, hairs and everything else people don’t eat, they are also extended with vegetable proteins that are not as beneficial as animal proteins. I have had several encounters with frozen dog food brands where in I’ve actually found feathers and beaks still intact.
What’s worse is that almost all these products contain very harmful preservatives. A lot of pet food manufacturers would say that these preservatives are generally safe in small amounts, but they never tell you the cumulative effects if you decide to feed this to your pet on a daily basis!
In the Philippine market today, there are a number of products being imported that contain human grade ingredients…these are usually referred to as super premium brands and also command quite high prices. This is because more responsible manufacturers in the US have seen the great effects of low quality pet food and the importers have decided to offer a more healthy alternative to those who can afford. A lot of veterinarians have begun to ask their clients to make their own pet food as opposed to buying in order to ensure that they know exactly what is going into their pet’s stomachs. This usually happens to pets who are sensitive to a lot of ingredients as well as those that are sick with a serious disease.
So what does it mean to have human grade ingredients? Well first of all, human-grade ingredients are found in grocery stores, markets, where people buy food to cook for themselves. There are governing bodies all over the world ensuring that products that reach our shelves are clean, safe and fit for our consumption.
The meats that are sold to us for food are from healthy animals that have been caught/farmed for food. The vegetables are fresh, and in optimum quality for eating either as raw or cooked. At Whole Pet Kitchen, you will never find products that are made with ingredients that are not fit for human consumption. Our pets, at the very least, deserve quality ingredients. Most pets will eat anything their owners give them, but it’s the quality that really makes a difference in their health, well being and overall happiness of both owner and pet.