A glaring error continues year after year by some pet lovers thinking they feeding their pets with the best foods. I’m going to say its a matter of choice, but also a matter of research. I have a boxer who is almost 12 years old. For those who don’t know boxers, they don’t live long. Mine is not only the healthiest old man in the neighborhood but a total mush. Nevertheless, it wasn’t always that way. In 2006 his pancreas was compromised and his enzymes were too high. The problem was that no one knew why. Like a responsible pet lover I went to the vet. She prescribed a special dry food to reduce inflammation in the pancreas. And my pet absolutely hated that food..Here is why:
Welcome to the Dark Side of Recycling
What they never tell you is that most dry and wet food unless organic. Is made at plant floors piled high with ‘raw product’. Thousands of dead dogs and cats; heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses; whole skunks; rats and raccoons — all waiting to be processed.
“In the ninety degree heat, the piles of dead animals seem to have a life of their own as millions of maggots swarm over the carcasses.
However, this same system which converts waste into animal feed has also evolved into a recycling nightmare. That’s because many rendering plants are unavoidably processing toxic waste, too.
You see, dead animals are frequently accompanied by a host of unwanted contaminants. Pesticides enter the rendering process via tainted livestock.
Fish oil is commonly contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals.
Dead pets collected from shelters are frequently thrown into the grinder with their flea collars still attached. Insecticide-laced patches found on the skin of slaughtered cattle are also carelessly added to the mix.
Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals follow livestock directly into the soup. And drugs given to euthanize animals have been regularly found in the rendered product.
Unwanted metal contaminants can be traced to a variety of sources including pet collars, ID tags, surgical pins and needles.
Even plastics can sometimes end up in the process.