Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finding alternatives to commercial pet food

    When I started looking up information on commercial pet food I expected to find out some less then tasty information but I did not expect to find such an incredibly dark and disgusting side to the industry. 

    With all the negative information out there on commercial pet food it is hard to figure out what to feed your beloved pets.  Yet as it turns out there are so many alternatives out there and even in the commercial pet food industry not all bags are the same. 

  If the major brands in commercial pet food won't listen to our demands to change their practice of churning out recycled garbage then we need to put our support into companies that will actually listen and will have our pets best interest in mind. 

   How can your go about hunting down your pets new menu? Aside from reading about it on the Internet read the labels of the products you're interested in. Often when reading the ingredient list on major pet food bags we can barely pronounce the words listed let alone understand what they mean.  And in the pet food industry even that which sounds familiar is very few times what it claims to be like "meat meal" not appetizing at all.  So look for companies that have ingredients that you can actually recognize as real such as those in Wellness pet food. 

   When you look at your own food would you trust an item that can last on a shelf 10, 15 or 20 years, probably not.  So look for items with no preservatives or with less chemicals which will be fresher.  Remember many of the preservatives used in pet food are suspected carcinogens.

   My husband has pointed out that my posts of pet food have been so dark and serious and suggested we take a look at a more positive aspect of the industry and show support for those who have gotten it right.  Companies that producing healthy pet food.  When I started my search I didn't expect to find such horrible information about the commercial pet food industry for example I didn't expect to have to worry about there being dead dog and cat meat in the pet food i fed my dog.  Pet food companies deny this being true but why should I even have to worry about that even being a possibility (and by the way its much more than a possibility).

   I came across some of the work by author Ann N. Martin and her work has been the resource for a lot of the information I have presented to you.  She was one of the first to bring forth the information on the truth behind the production of pet food in commercial industries.  In her book Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts about Pet food she not only exposes the truth behind commercial pet food but also offers a selection of natural home made recipes gathered from several sources over time. 

   Here's one of the simple recipes from Ann N. Martin's book I my self will be presenting to my pooch.  I have a feeling Tulip will really like this new part of my search for healthy pet food :)

Simple Recipe
3 cups cooked oatmeal or cream of wheat
2 cups cooked cooked ground beef
2 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 small apple cut or sliced into small pieces

mix together and serve. This meal can be served as breakfast lunch or dinner
From The Dog Menu page 116 Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts about Pet Food 2003 Ann N. Martin

Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
2 cups of ground or chopped chicken, cooked
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1/4 cup grated carrots

cut chicken into small pieces. Run carrots through food processor.  Mix chicken and rice and if there is any fat from the chicken, pour about two teaspoons over the mix.  serve at room temperature. 
From The cat menu page 123 Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts about Pet Food 2003 Ann N. Martin

As always you are the expert on your pet before changing their diet or trying new foods take into consideration your pets medical history and possible allergies or deficiencies.  Be your pets food investigator and fight for their right to real food.

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