What Are We Feeding Our Pets?

Aren’t they adorable? Well I seem to think so. Looking at this photo of my boys peacefully sleeping side by side makes me so happy that I have them in my life. However, watching Today Tonight a few weeks ago and hearing what pet foods are doing to our beloved pets I thought to myself this is all I could have left of them…a photo 😦

I was devastated to hear of the ingredients that are being added to pet foods around the world and the dire consequences they were creating such as paralysis, kidney disease, wasting muscles —> death. This isn’t just from supermarket brand foods either. This is also from well-known brands that you can only buy from a pet produce store or your vet and one of the brands is what I have been feeding Kobe for years. My mouth hit the floor when I saw the name of the brand come up in the list.

When Kobe was diagnosed with “crystals” in 2003 I was told the main contributor was supermarket brand cat foods especially dry food. $1400 later I was left with a very sore cat who had been in hospital for 3 days and given a new diet which he would have to be on for the rest of life. You can imagine my dismay when 3 years later the issue returned and he was hospitalised and catheterised for 3 days. The vet wanted to try a new food company so we did. 12 months later it was back and he was in hospital again. This time I put my foot down as obviously the food wasn’t working. He was put on two types of medication, even an antidepressant and we were sent home. It came back again but this time I was sent to another vet as the vet I was going to wouldn’t be able to hospitalise him if he needed. This vet said the same thing as the previous vets and kept him for 3 days, catheterised him and then sent us home with the original food he was eating. Through all this Kobe was putting on a lot of weight due to the high carbohydrate content. I felt like we were just going around in circles as 3 months later we were back again. It was getting to the point that if he didn’t pee, we would rush him in to be tested. He was stressing, I was stressing, Husband was stressing because it was costing us thousands and no one could tell us what was really wrong with him. Plus he wasn’t getting any better.

The food that I am supposed to feeding him to heal him could be killing him so I have taken action myself. Due to a very special reader of my Blog I was referred to Catinfo.org and they explained more to me than what any of the vets we had seen could and I have him on a new diet.

I contacted Today Tonight and they emailed me the list of recalled cat and dog foods but note that a lot of these are overseas brands but many do hit our shelves.

Excerpt from Today Tonight:

Melamine has been responsible for kidney failure in both dogs and cats and despite the bans, it’s still being discovering in pet food. “We’ve also seen a premium cat food be recalled because of a potential contamination of melamine”, Dr. Wimpole.

In 2007, the United States Food and Drug Authority recalled more than 80 pet products – many of those also sold here.

Dr. Harkin believes commercial pet foods have improved immensely over the past few decades and claims vets are not compromised for endorsing particular brands. “It’s actually a low profit centre for vets, the mark-up is very low. I think most vets do it really as a service for their clients”, he said.

Until there’s proper regulation, dog breeder Merv Turner recommends buying fresh Australian meat and premium dry food.  “Everything that you need for the dog is already in it, you don’t have to have additives”, he said.

It’s also advisable to check product labels – if it says made from imported and local ingredients, you can almost be certain the only local ingredient is the packaging.

Cat Food Recalls
Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
Authority
Best Choice
Blue Buffalo Co (RICE GLUTEN)
Cats Choice
Co-Op Gold
Companion
Compliments
Demoulas/Market Basket
Despar
Diamond Pet Food (RICE GLUTEN)
Doctors Foster & Smith
Doctors Foster & Smith (RICE GLUTEN)
Eight In One Inc (Salmonella)
Eukanuba Cat Cuts and Flaked
Eukanuba Morsels in Gravy
Evolve
Fame
Feline Classic
Feline Cuisine
Fine Feline Cat
Food Lion
Foodtown
Giant Companion
Giant Eagle
Hannaford
Harmony Farms (RICE GLUTEN)
Hartz Mountain Corp (Salmonella)
Health Diet Cat Food
Hill Country Fare
Hill’s Prescription Diet
Hy Vee
Iams Cat Slices and Flakes
Iams Select Bites
J.E. Mondou
La Griffe
Laura Lynn
Li’l Red
Lick Your Chops
Lick Your Chops (RICE GLUTEN)
Loving Meals
Master Choice
Medi-Cal
Meijer’s Main Choice
Natural Balance (RICE GLUTEN)
Natural Ultramix
Nu Pet
Nutriplan
Nutro
Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics
Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
Nutro Natural Choice
Nutro Products
Paws
Performatrin Ultra
Pet Pride
Pet Pride / Good n Meaty
Pounce
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority Canada
Priority US
Publix
Roche Brothers
Roundy’s
Royal Canin (RICE GLUTEN)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet (RICE GLUTEN)
Save-A-Lot Special Blend
Schnucks
Science Diet Feline Cuts Adult
Science Diet Feline Cuts Mature Adult 7+
Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Can
Sophistacat
Special Kitty Canada
Special Kitty US
Springfield Prize
Sprout
Stop & Shop Companion
Stuzzy Gold
Triumph
Wegmans
Weis Total Pet
Western Family Canada
Western Family US
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

Dog Food Recalls
ALPO
Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
Authority
Award
Berkley & Jenson (Salmonella)
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Bloom
Blue Buffalo (RICE GLUTEN)
Bruiser
Cadillac
Canine Caviar Pet Foods (RICE GLUTEN)
Champion Breed Lg Biscuit
Champion Breed Peanut Butter Biscuits
Co-Op Gold
Companion
Companion’s Best Multi-Flavor Biscuit
Compliments
Costco/Kirkland Signature (RICE GLUTEN)
Demoulas Market Basket
Diamond Pet Food
Diamond Pet Food (RICE GLUTEN)
Doctors Foster & Smith
Doctors Foster & Smith (RICE GLUTEN)
Dollar General
Eight In One Inc (Salmonella)
Eukanuba Can Dog Chunks in Gravy
Eukanuba Pouch Dog Bites in Gravy
Food Lion
Giant Companion
Gravy Train
Grreat Choice
Hannaford
Happy Tails
Harmony Farms (RICE GLUTEN)
Harmony Farms Treats (RICE GLUTEN)
Health Diet Gourmet Cuisine
Hill Country Fare
Hy Vee
Iams Can Chunky Formula
Iams Can Small Bites Formula
Iams Dog Select Bites
Jerky Treats Beef Flavored Dog Snacks
La Griffe
Laura Lynn
Loving Meals
Mars Petcare US Inc (Salmonella)
Master Choice
Meijer’s Main Choice
Mighty Dog
Mixables
Mulligan Stew Pet Food (RICE GLUTEN)
Natural Balance (RICE GLUTEN)
Natural Life
Natural Way
Nu Pet
Nutriplan
Nutro
Nutro – Ultra
Nutro Max
Nutro Natural Choice
Nuture
Ol’ Roy
Ol’ Roy 4-Flavor Lg Biscuits
Ol’ Roy Canada
Ol’ Roy Peanut Butter Biscuits
Ol’ Roy Puppy
Ol’Roy (Salmonella)
Ol’Roy US
Paws
Perfect Pals Large Biscuits
Performatrin Ultra
Pet Essentials
Pet Life
Pet Pride / Good n Meaty
Petrapport Inc. (Salmonella)
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority Canada
Priority US
Publix
Roche Brothers
Royal Canin (RICE GLUTEN)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet (RICE GLUTEN)
Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels
Schnuck’s
Schnucks
Shep
Shep Dog
Shop Rite
SmartPak (RICE GLUTEN)
Springfield Prize
Sprout
Stater Brothers
Stater Brothers Large Biscuits
Stop & Shop Companion
T.W. Enterpriese (Salmonella)
Tops Companion
Triumph
Truly
Weis Total Pet
Western Family Canada
Western Family US
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

Taken from Wikipedia:

The United Nations’ food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission, has set the maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula to 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed to 2.5 mg/kg. While not legally binding, the levels allow countries to ban importation of products with excessive levels of melamine.

However:

Ingestion of melamine may lead to reproductive damage, or bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to bladder cancer.

A study in 1953 reported that dogs fed 3% melamine for a year had the following changes in their urine: (1) reduced specific gravity, (2) increased output, (3) melaminecrystalluria, and (4) protein and occult blood.

A survey commissioned by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians suggested that crystals formed in the kidneys when melamine combined with cyanuric acid, “don’t dissolve easily. They go away slowly, if at all, so there is the potential for chronic toxicity.”

You can read more about the Animal Feed Recalls by clicking the Wikipedia link above as there is unfortunately not much out there available about this issue.

This really has me thinking twice about what I feed my animals especially after seeing the videos of what can happen.

2 thoughts on “What Are We Feeding Our Pets?

  1. That is scary. We have started feeding Millie one of the vet only ‘prescription’ foods, especially meant for feline diabetes. It is crazy expensive, but I thought if it is helping her it is worth it.

    After seeing this list, and having a glance (am about to read in depth!) of the catinfo site, I am reconsidering what I am feeding her.

    • It is scary isn’t it. The next time I go to my vet I am going to question them about the food I have Kobe on but he is on more a raw diet now since reading the catinfo site.

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