Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Made With Turkey

Lizzie asks…

Premium high $ pet food made by and with same ingredients as generic cheap brands as seen in recall list?Hmmm?

With the recall isn’t it telling and interesting that the premium high dollar brands are made by the same company with the same ingredients as the cheap, generic, store brands? Wouldn’t you think you would be getting something more by the way they market the premiums? Is this indicative of consumer gullibility and corporate greed and misleading marketing? Do they really care about the end user and our furry family members? Do they have any quality control?

Jimmy answers:

What brands on the list do you think are Premium?? Because I don’t see a simgle food on that list I would ever even consider feeding my cats. Nope… Not a one, every single food on that list is crap. : ( Always has been, always will be.

It’s time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in pet food is a joke. Ever seen a starving cat or dog chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

-”Grocery store” foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, “grocery store” foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

-Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of “grocery store” food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and “filler” ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than “grocery store” foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

-Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market – provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class – contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that bag and move on to the next.

Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can’t afford it, you can’t feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer. Some brands, not all, of Nutro cat food are semi-ok if you want to spend less money, however I personally would never chose their food for nutritional value.

I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. Http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

Drs. F&S Food Link – http://www.drsfostersmith.com

Wellness Food Link – http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com

Eagle Pack Holistic Select – http://www.eaglepack.com

Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

****DO NOT FEED IAMS!**** http://www.iamscruelty.com

Sandy asks…

Dog food question??????

I am feeding my italian greyhound blue buffalo small breed puppy. She is four years old but is very active, which is why she is still on puppy food because of the higher calorie content. Our vet said that science diet is better than buffalo blue. She is 9 pounds and i think she looks great, her coat is shiny and she is full of energy. I haven’t heard the best of things about science diet, but I would like to know what you think about this, blue buffalo or Science Diet?

Jimmy answers:

Science die’ts top ingredient is corn. A top allergen and not very digestible. It’s vegetable protein, not meat. See below. No debate in my mind whatsoever. Unfortunately veterinarians are sold the Hill’s cool-aid because Hill’s sponsors a whole lot of veterinary events. They put all their money into marketing to the vets and offering them another source of revenue that they have to save money by using corn as the predominant ingredient in their food.

Below is taken from www.dogfoodadvisor.com

Science diet top 10:
Ingredients: Whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), soybean oil, chicken liver flavor, flaxseed, iodized salt, dried chicken cartilage, choline chloride

Blue Buffalo (not puppy):
Ingredients: Deboned duck, chicken meal, potato starch, turkey meal, peas, chicken fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), potatoes, tomato pomace (natural source of lycopene), natural chicken flavor, flaxseed (natural source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), alfalfa meal,

BTW, avoid byproduct anything. “MEAL” means without water weight so something like chicken “meal” has a higher concentration of chicken protein that “chicken”. Byproducts are the left overs (beaks, legs, unrecognizable organs etc) so to use a byproduct MEAL as a 2rd ingredient where corn (not corn meal) is the primary really is telling you that Science Diet is primarily made up of chicken “parts” followed by corn. Yech!

Daniel asks…

Is raw food safe for dogs?

Like raw meat, or raw eggs and other raw foods. People tell me it’s fine, but I am skeptical and fear that it may cause problems, such as loose stools, stomach problems or even serious health problems…

Jimmy answers:

Self made food can be a good source of nutrients for your dog. This takes a little bit planning and more time on your behalf however this can lead to a lot of good benefits. Dogs with specific dietary requirements will benefit mostly from these diet programs. By offering a multivitamin and minerals you can easily fulfill your dog’s every day requirements. After a short planning your dog will be one of the those that get the advantages of a self-made diet.

There are lots of health advantages associated with making your pets food at your home. By knowing what exactly your pet is consuming gives secure feeling and peace of mind they’re having what they have to maintain health.

There are few tips for making home-made dog food.

1. Balancing the food is the central factor. If the food is not well balanced , it goes from the perfect food to feed, to lower quality. In case there are not any natural vitamins or minerals in the diet, most dogs will face deficiencies quite immediately. Most definitely in young puppies, it may possibly occur in few months. It is an important factor why veterinarians are against home-made foods, they are the ones who observe almost all the deficiencies.

2. Meat Choosing: Meat, roasted or raw or is the basic substance for self-made food. Doggies are obligate predators and survive on a meat based food. Meat choices contain: lam, beef, buffalo, chicken, turkey, pork, ostrich, venison etc. Make sure the meat is healthy and suit for human usage. The fat material has to be no more than 15-20%. Giving sea food sometimes is fine, however certainly not as a primary food.

3. Vegetables: Fresh vegetables make-up about 1/4 of the food and give natural vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Doggies get extra nutritional value from the veggies when they are lightly heated, Veggies to use green beans, squash, read more at
http://www.dogbreedplus.com/dog_foods/home_made_dog_food.htm

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