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Stop Buying Poisoned Dog Food

Updated on January 16, 2015

Are You Buying Poisoned Dog Food?

Have you ever scanned the ingredients in a commercial dog food and thought, "What the hell is this? It can't be healthy. I can't even pronounce it." 

Unfortunately, if your dog eats ordinary, processed dog food, your dog probably eats things that are a whole lot worse than what you might have found him chewing on in your neighbors backyard yesterday. Be warned. Your dog is eating poisoned dog food without you even realizing it.

Most commercial dog foods available in stores today are so highly processed and full of preservatives and chemicals, that they aren't any better for our dogs than Twinkies (TM) are for humans. And the bad thing is our government who is supposed to be regulating it, isn't doing their job.

Commercial Dog Food Ingredients

Commercial, processed dog food contain cheap ingredients, unhealthy fillers, unhealthy preservatives or poisonous chemicals.

Many dog foods advertised as "preservative-free" do, in fact, contain preservatives. Manufacturers don't have to list preservatives that they themselves did not add.

Many preservatives make their way into dog food at rendering plants before the meat is even sent to the manufacturer. An analysis of several dog foods labeled "chemical free" or "all natural ingredients" found synthetic antioxidants in all samples.

Although you won't see it on the label, since it is often added at the rendering plant and not by the manufacturer, ethoxyquin (EQ) is used to preserve most dry dog food. EQ is the most powerful of all preservatives and may be the most toxic.

Rendering plant workers that have been exposed to it denoted side effects similar to those of Agent Orange:

* A dramatic rise in liver or kidney damage

* Cancerous skin lesions

* Hair loss

* Blindness

* Leukemia

* Fetal abnormalities

* Chronic diarrhea

In animals, EQ has been linked to:

* Immune deficiency syndrome

* Spleen, stomach, and liver cancers

* And a host of allergies

The New York State Food Laboratory reported that it found aminopterin in food from the palatability studies. Director Daniel Rice has stated that aminopterin was a cancer drug that was used about 50 years ago in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency later banned use of the toxin as a rodenticide in this country.

The "animal" or "meat by-products", that are often the first or second ingredient listed on your commercial dog food packages, are biodegradable wastes that we would never want to eat ourselves.

These are parts that Americans rarely consume as they are not intended for human consumption. These parts come from animal carcasses, and include, but are not limited to, animal heads, organs, lungs, bones, blood, skin, hooves, hair, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, stomachs, intestines and feces.

Where Do They Get The Animal and Meat By-Products?

The origins of these "animal" by-products and so called "meat" by-products include catering waste (all waste food from restaurants, catering facilities, central kitchens, slaughterhouses and household kitchens). It might also contain parts from sick or dying animals that can come from slaughterhouses or euthanized animals from animal shelters. (This photo is showing euthanized dogs about to be processed into commercial dog food).

The city of Los Angeles alone, for example, sends some two hundred tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a dog food plant every month.

The worst is that dog food companies don't stop with pets. Your dog is also consuming euthanized animals from zoos, animal control and putrid, decaying road kill.

Before these animal parts and euthanized animals are shipped to the rendering plant, they are "denatured." This means that crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant, or citronella, is sprayed on the product.

The true horror is the drug used to kill these stray and abandoned animals, Sodium Pentobarbital, is not broken down by the manufacturing process and is still present in active form in your dog's food!!

Before these poisoned animal parts can be used to make your poisoned dog food, they are taken to the rendering plants where they are ground into the meat by-products and are then shipped as meal to dog food processors.

The Manufacturing Plants

Next, the manufacturers combine the meal with carbohydrates such as corn, thickeners like guar gum, vitamins, minerals, food coloring and preservatives.

By the way, dogs are color blind and don't care what color their dog food is. The food coloring that is added to their food, is there to appeal to the human eye, not the dogs.

To make wet food, this grotesque glop is then heated in a pressure cooker and canned or sealed in a pouch.

For dry pellets, all of these dead animals, and other ghastly materials, are then processed until the portion left over for dog food production is a brown powder, which consists of 25% fecal matter! The stuff is then heated, cut into tiny pieces, dried, and then wrapped for shipment.

The high end brands tend to have fixed formulas, while cheaper brands often change recipes to include ingredients that happen to be selling cheap at the time of processing. (They might decide to replace corn with wheat, for example, if wheat prices are especially low.) However, I did say "tend to have", as some of the higher end, so called premiums foods are not any better, nutritionally, than some of the least expensive generic dog food.

What Kind of Dog Food Should You Feed Your Dog?

So many people have dogs for pets without knowing what they should be feeding their dogs or what the proper care for their dogs are.

They take the easy route of buying the cheapest dog food that they can find and when it's time to feed their pet, they just open a can or two, dump it into the dogs bowl and they are done.

Most dogs will eat just about anything especially when they are hungry and are not finicky eaters like some cats can be.

They can't tell you that by taking the quick and easy route, you are the one causing your pet allergies, or perhaps your pets hair will start falling out or he will develop lesions on his skin, or he has problems with his bowel movements or his urinary track.

Quick and easy isn't always best. I know how difficult it can be in our busy lives to find the time to make nutritional meals for our pets, but that really isn't the issue.

Keeping our family pets healthy is the issue. and if it means taking an extra 30 minutes to prepare nutritious food for our pets we should be adapting and working it into our busy schedules.

Another problem is that most humans don't have a clue as to what their dogs need to eat for optimum health.

Click this link to another of my HubPages to get the answer to, "What is a Healthy Dog Diet?" I created this page to educate people on the nutritional needs of their dogs and what foods their dogs should not be eating. Read the information so that you will be better equipped to make healthier choices for your beloved 4-legged family member.


Dr. Harvey's Organic Dog Food

This is an example of an organic healthy dog food grain and vegetable supplement intended to mix in with raw or cooked meat protein for dogs.

I think this is one solution for fixing a healthier dog food at home, but remember they still need fresh raw food too!

Dr. Harvey's pre-mix dog food is made with the highest quality organic, all-natural, holistic ingredients, including 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 14 herbs.

Federal Law Rulings On Dog Food Inspections In The United States

Federal law does not mandate the frequency of inspections or premarket approval of foods under FDA jurisdiction, unlike the meat and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. The FDA regulates much more of the food supply with much less money than the USDA, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, stated that regulation of human and animal food doesn't differ substantially.

The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that foods be pure and wholesome and that they contain no harmful or deleterious substances, all though the act does not specify how manufacturers should ensure safety.

The agency has limited resources for inspecting animal food and drugs, so it focuses inspections on manufacturers of drugs and of feed for food-producing animals, not for dog food.

Usually an inspection is only conducted when there has been a complaint, such as the recent dog food poisoning of the suspected batch of wheat gluten from China.

Tips For Dog Food Safety

* Don't assume that your dog should eat what humans eat.

* "People food" such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, apple seeds & pear seeds, onions and onion powder can be either difficult for your dog to digest or toxic to his system.

* Macadamia nuts, coffee and salt are other human foods that should not should not be fed.

* Check with your veterinarian to be sure that the table scraps you are feeding your dog are on the safe list.

* There are only 9 packaged dog foods, in my opinion, that are truly safe and healthy for your dog and IAMS dog food is not one of them. IAMS is one of the worst, yet they demand a premium price. They pay a premium price for their advertising too.

* If you want to quit feeding your pooch poisoned dog food, learn to make your own at home and to incorporate raw food into their diet.

FYI - Vet Product Approval Causes Cancer in Dogs

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

      I get a name brand dog food but it makes me rethink doing that anymore. Very good information

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      That is disgusting!!! People should make their own and avoid this mess!

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      Interesting lens! I'll have to check more into it.

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      One-A-Day LM 5 years ago

      So glad to see this info about dog food. My sister-in-laws dog was a victim of bad dog food. It is heart wrenching.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      @cannedguds lm: I do a mixture of raw, homemade cooked, and a high quality dry food.

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      cannedguds lm 7 years ago

      Wow! Your lens is highly informative! Anyway, talking about dog food, I've read about a dog food secrets book that says the best food that you can give to your dog is raw food! Any comments on this? Thanks.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      This is really interesting, and its rather awful what they put in dog food. No wonder you called this lend poison dog food

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      ideadesigns 8 years ago

      Thank you, I'm becoming well informed by your lenses!! I need to find a good dog food...

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      AlpineLass 9 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I'd never feed my dogs that horrible commercial garbage. 5 stars for a great jog. You have some nice dog bowls featured too.

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      IanHarper 9 years ago

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      Some really great products. I like the timer dog feeders. nice idea. I bet its fun watching your pet sit by waiting. -)

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      BodySculpter 9 years ago

      Great information. Anyone that has a pet should know this.

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      constructmedia 9 years ago

      My best friends dog has just been diagnmosed with bone cancer find out the shocking truth about dog food here,

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      BarbosaArt 9 years ago

      Another Excellent Lens! 5 stars and a lensroll to TEES FOR DOGS...

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      fotos4web lm 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens - I'm very careful about what we feed our spaniels. Gave you 5 Stars - well deserved !


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      KarenC LM 9 years ago

      I've addressed similar issues on my blog Great job of bringing awareness to dog lovers.

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Another excellent lens!

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      Petee 10 years ago

      Great lens and info. Keep on adding more! Please visit my Lens homemade dog food recipes

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      mogsta22 lm 10 years ago

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      Showpup LM 10 years ago

      Thanks for the informative lens. I lost several dogs to the recent dog food poison scandal so I am more than furious and glad to see folks like you getting the word out.

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      YardsaleSurfer 10 years ago

      Very Important Information. Another one of your great lenses! 5* Yardsale Surfer The Online Market Place For People Who Know Their Stuff!

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      knewf lm 10 years ago

      great lenz Kone girl! Thanks for the info about the dog foods! It's hard to know what to feed a dog these days, your information is very helpful.

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      MyKidsInheritance 10 years ago

      Luckily, I spotted our brand on a list before feeding it to our beloved West Highland Terrier. This is an awesome lens, fellow Warrior. 5 stars!

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      CliveAnderson LM 10 years ago

      A highly researched and informative lens. I'm sure the canine world would love to thank you for your valuable and worthy efforts on their behalf. A barking great lens. :-) 5 stars. Clive Anderson.

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      veronica2181 10 years ago

      Good topic! I too was very surprised and angry when I found out about manufactured dog food. I now only give my dog dog food when I have nothing else to give.

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      Guinness LM 10 years ago

      Commercial dog food horrors are among my top my concerns, too- so I switched to an all natural, all human grade, exceptionally nutritious dog food that I order. Thank you for your excellent expose. 5 stars, favs, lensrolled - Best Dog Health Care

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      5 stars for an outstanding lens! The dog food story is a scary one that needs to be told. Favs and lensrolled to Best Dog For Child and Aggressive Dog

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      June Parker 10 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the invitation flowergarden, I will do that.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi KonaGirl! Thanks for visiting my Dog Health lens and leaving * and a message! Why don't you to bring this great lens and the Dogs Eating Chocolate lens over to my group Dog Food?

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      kshorey 10 years ago

      Great info, June. It's a sure thing that our beloved pets could live a lot longer if we fed them better food. Thanks for the info.

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Great Lens. Good info on food for my dogs. Thanks.

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      This was most informative and I learned a lot !

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      larrybla lm 10 years ago

      Thanks for all the great and factual information on dog foods. 5 stars. Thanks for visiting my site. Feell free to visit more.

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      Useful info thanks.

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      dianecorriette1 10 years ago

      Excellent lens June. I will pass the info on to my friend who has 3 dogs.

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      maswee 10 years ago

      This is a great lens. 5 stars..Mas from dog health care, healthy dog food

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      Isalini 10 years ago

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      kmat 10 years ago

      Thanks for this lens about 'poison dog food' we need this type of info. 5 Stars from me. Want to share this info so I just added you to my lensroll at 'Dog Breeds Small'


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      skylar 10 years ago

      Shocking info. I'm going to be much more cautous of what I feed my dog because of this lens.



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      SGrotton 10 years ago

      This is a great lens, very helpful! Thanks for all the Info.