Wednesday, 17 April 2013

AFFCO Certification for Dog and Cat Food - Not A Guarantee of Quality or Good Nutrition in Dog and Cat Food



I strongly recommend that concerned and loving Dog Owners never judge a dog-food product's quality based on AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) guidelines and here is why...


Just because a dry or wet dog food or treats are AAFCO approved, does not mean that the food:
  • Is free of toxins and carcinogens;
  • That the food is really nutritionally complete:
  • Will support your dog’s short and long-term health;


While AAFCO does include some US state and federal representatives, AAFCO it is NOT a federal or state run government organization...
  • Although AAFCO promotes themselves as a 'governing' body of the pet food industry - they are self-proclaimed
  • AAFCO is a partisan organization that is primarily made-up of people directly involved in the pet food manufacturing industry;
  • AAFCO's true reason for existing is not to support the health of your dog, it exists to promote the pet food industry in its drive to produce the biggest possible margin of profit;
  • AAFCO is directly responsible for unclear labelling on pet food products including dry and wet dog food and treats;
  • AAFCO allows toxins and carcinogens into the food that they 'approve'; AAFCO is responsible for the confusion around poor vs. good quality.

Take a look at the dog foods rated in this article to understand what you need to know and how AAFCO does not protect  your dog...

The bottom line is buyer beware for the health of your dog. 


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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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