How to Understand Your Pet Food Ingredients
Best and Worst Pet Food Ingredients
Why you should never feed your pet a pet food that contains poultry.
Is poultry bad for your dog or cat? Well, yes and no. Here’s the scoop on poultry and pets, and why you will never find the ingredient poultry in YOUR food. What?
Have I totally confused you yet? I want you to picture what poultry looks like or what it is……OK. Do you have a picture? Was it a chicken? Turkey? Goose? Ah, do you see where I’m going with this? The ingredient poultry is any remnant of any bird that has been rendered in a pet-food rendering plant.
What is a rendering plant and why is it best to avoid those ingredients in your pet’s food? First, the feed that comes out of a rendering plant is not fit for human consumption. That right there means I’d never feed it to my dog or cat. Rendering plants recycle the scraps, waste, and goo from a slaughterhouse. This also includes all the rejected food from the human food industry.
Your dogs, cats, roadkill, and zoo animals are also included in rendering plants! Yes, you read that right. Have you ever seen either of these words in your pet’s food or treats: “meat,” “animal,” “animal by-product,” or “meat by-product”? You can be assured that this includes pets! A quote from JIV Day, “One estimate states that some 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are rendered annually into livestock feed.” Livestock feed is pet food.
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So, the next time you are reading your pet food label and you see a vague term like poultry, fish, meat, or animal, you can be assured that meat came from a rendering plant. In all honesty, MOST (not all) meat ingredients from large pet food companies come from unsavory sources. Do your homework before feeding your pet. Remember, you are what you eat.
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