Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Storage

Richard asks…

Is Rachel Ray dog food okay for my dogs? THEY LOVE IT!!!?

Jimmy answers:

Nutrish for Pets is carried in Walmart and therefore is a grocery level dog food, NOT a premium nor super premium as her website lists. Will it kill your dog? No. Is it the best thing out there for your dog? Probably not.

Ingredients for Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Chicken and Veggies:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, CORN MEAL, SOYBEAN MEAL, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Corn Gluten Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dehydrated Alfalfa, Dried Peas, Dried Tomatoes, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Olive Oil, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Oxide, Dried Parsley, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Mixed Tocopherols, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, COBALT SULFATE, Folic Acid

Rachael’s website also states that there are no fillers in Nutrish which is rubbish; both corn meal and soybean meal are listed high up in the ingredients list.

As for there being “no additives,” check out the cobalt sulfate. It is a pigment (ie: dye, because who would want to buy a dog food that doesn’t have some red kibble mixed in?!)that is also used in storage batteries and electroplating baths, sympathetic inks, and as an additive to soils and animal feeds. Barf.

“Cobalt(II) sulfate has been shown to be toxic and slightly carcinogenic upon inhalation in mice.[5] It has also been shown to be a mutagen in salmonella.[6] It was once added to a beer by the Quebec brewing company Dow in order to improve the head, resulting in 16 deaths and numerous cases of cobalt sulfate poisoning. [7]” Double barf.

So again. Is the food going to kill your dogs? Nope. Are there other things out there that could be better? Yeppo.

Helen asks…

How to keep bugs out of dogs food container?

I have a rubber made storage container I used to store my dogs treat and dog food. But Since it has not been cleaned out in over 2 years I cleaned it out. And all of the treats had to be thrown out due to bugs destroying it. And this was over $20 or $30 worth of treats that got thrown away. What could I keep in the container that is safe to keep bugs out but wont hurt my dog?

Jimmy answers:

I use a pet food container that has a screw top. They keep all the bugs out, and the food stays fresh. They sell them at most pet stores like Petco and Petsmart. Here’s a link to the type I use: http://www.petco.com/product/13420/Gamma-Vittles-Vault-Plus.aspx?CoreCat=certona-_-ProductListTopRated_Dog_2-_-Gamma%20Vittles%20Vault%20Plus-13420
Hope this helps :)

Lizzie asks…

Hot Dogs Food Poisoning?

I made 2 hot dogs tonight and they didnt look fully cooked, so i stuck them in the water (boiled hot dogs). After that they looked fine. Is it possible to get food poisoning from hot dogs though?
?? Think so? My dad says you can’t because they’re pre-cooked.

I just wanna know so i won’t be nervous.
Ummmmm…So should i be worried?

Jimmy answers:

There have been cases of listeria in eating hotdogs straight from the package. I always cook mine because the texture is weird uncooked, but my husband eats it out of the package all the time.

But again, there have been cases of listeria which can be fatal, says the FDA. Hotdogs are cooked when you buy them, so my guess is the handling (or storage) of them has more to do with food poisoning rather than them merely being not cooked or not hot.

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