Wednesday, March 11, 2015
A Tasty Meal......or not.....
Jack was having a problem with all those high end packages of dog food. I tried everything - Beneful, Iams, Pedigree, Kibble n Bits, Whole Meals, Zero Grain, Gusto, Ol' Roy, and everything that was on the shelf. Jack kept breaking out in dry sores all over her bottom and tail and it near drove her crazy. I started reading the back of all these different packaged foods and found their main filler was corn and chicken parts - WHAT !!!!! THEN, I investigated.
The animal parts that should be thrown out are the carcasses of livestock, poultry waste and supermarket rejects and all sent to the "Rendering Plant or Cook House". Once this process is done, all that is left is yellow grease, meat, and bone meal - all along with whatever is pumped into the animals to fast grow them. The final "product" of this grisly process is sold as a source of protein and fat for making animal feeds. - YIKES - I will not talk about Toxic Waste and Euthanized Pets - UNFIT FOR HUMANS....LEGAL for the "Rendering Plant or Cook House".
I did a lot of research and found a "Holistic Blend" that DOES NOT HAVE - corn, beet pulp, wheat, BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin - it DOES HAVE - Chicken or Lamb (meat), whole brown rice, wild salmon (meat), spinach, pumpkin and banana. I bought a bag to try and started Jack on mostly vegetables, rice and a handful of the new dog food. I was simply amazed that in a few days the sores on Jack's back began to disappear - EVENTUALLY TOTALLY DISAPPEARED.
I have been preparing all Jack's food for some time now. There are lots of vegetables, rice and some Holistic Blend added. I usually add a tid bit of whatever meat is cooking.
I find myself reading more and more of what is actually in the foods presented to us at most supermarkets and wonder how I could have been so stupid to not read the fine print of what I thought to be "Fine n Fit Food" for my dog. I am not advertising for "Holistic Brand Dog Food". I remember having pets around the house when I was a child and when Mom got the Dog's supper ready, there was a hunk of home-made bread(broken up), some milk, and a spoonful taken from every pot on the stove and usually a piece of meat, fish; whatever was cooking. My parents never bought dog food - the dog mostly ate what we ate and it was all healthy and nutritious. I can remember when Dog Food first came out in cans - my Father bought a can to try for our dog, thinking he was doing something nice for the dog. The contents smelled so bad that Dad threw it out in the garbage and said anything that smelled that bad shouldn't be consumed by man or dog.