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Commerical Pet Food Could Be Killing Your Pet

Updated on November 29, 2010
Fido's ready for some quality food, y'all!  (Photo courtesy of MissTrixie)
Fido's ready for some quality food, y'all! (Photo courtesy of MissTrixie)

Is your pet food killing your companion animal? If you feed him Eukanuba, Iams, Pedigree – or any other food that is marketed by a commercial manufacturer, it probably is. Sounds bad, huh. Well, it should. These companies are going out of their way to supply your pet with the cheapest, lowest form of nutrition they can get away with.

Ever wondered why so many dogs have so many health problems? 3 words: Crap Quality Food. The same way you or I make ourselves susceptible to various cancers by eating things that aren't good for us - that same principle applies to our pets and what they eat. The only difference is, they can't make that choice for themselves. Fortunately, you have loads of options available now.

  • Holistic pet foods are on the rise and they’re going to replace all those crap foods someday.

If you’re one of those people who rolls their eyes at the word holistic, you’re not alone. But this isn’t quite what you’re imagining – all it means in this case, is that your pet will be getting 100% natural, HUMAN GRADE meats, without added chemicals.

  • Doesn’t sound so New Agey anymore, does it?

In fact, it kind of sounds like what you would have expected to find in your current pet food, doesn’t it. Well, it’s time to stop trusting the government to look after Fido’s health. Cos guess what? These major commercial companies have actually been known to include dead cats and dogs in their ingredients.

  • Yeah, man, you read that right.

Your precious dog or cat who had to be put to sleep – the one you thought the Vet was going to destroy humanely – well.. let’s just say there’s a good chance he may have been recycled. I’m sorry, I know that sounds terrible, but if that’s what you need to hear to make you realize how serious this is, then that’s what I’m going to tell you.

  • And if that doesn’t bother you:

You also need to realize that the barbiturates used to put animals down has been found in pet foods. Surely you realize that’s not a healthy thing for Fido to be eating every day?

  • I know, you’re thinking I’m a PETA nut.

I’m not. I do believe in what they stand for, but I don’t agree with their methods, so don’t toss me into the fruit basket. I’m just someone who believes animals deserve to eat the same quality food you or I deserve. And I bet you’re that kind of person too, or you wouldn’t be reading this article.

  • So what do you do?

You switch. That’s all. It’s that easy. You go out and get you some holistic dog food. Fido or Garfield will LOVE it. They will be happier, they will have more energy, they will LOOK and feel their best. They deserve that, don’t they? Now I’m not going to lie to you – some of the holistic brands will cost more, though it shouldn't be more than 5 or 10 bucks a bag, if at all. And guess what? That’s cause human grade ingredients are going into them, and they aren’t mass produced in crappy environments rampant with all kinds of nasty diseases.

  • Over here the brand I use (Nutram) costs LESS than Eukanuba.

It could be the same in your area, you can find out online. Note: Fido will be eating LESS because the food will be better absorbed, so even if the food costs more, it could even out in the long run.

  • Worried you’ll have to drive 20 miles to find it?

Unlikely. There are many holistic companies out there, and they sell their products all over the world. Many pet shops will even deliver to you. The list below are 10 of the best companies – NONE of which were affected by the Pet Food Recall – and they all have a pet store locator. It takes 2 seconds, so there’s no excuse for not using it! And some of them, like Eagle Pack, even have a page that shows you all the companies that will deliver their food to your door.

You can’t beat that, now can you?

  • Canidae
  • Artemis
  • Halo
  • Innova
  • Flint River Ranch

The Good Stuff

  • Nutram
  • Wellness
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • Eagle Pack
  • Acana

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