Monday, 22 April 2013

Dog (Cat) Food and Treats to Avoid, Lacking in Nutrition full of Toxins, Carcinogens - Manufacturers at the Top of My Shame List

Five Mega Multi-National Companies - Five Common Household Names - So Much Deception…

Del Monte Foods
Procter & Gamble
The Big Five listed above produce multiple brands of some of the most popular dog and cat food and treats available in North America.
  • Their products are:
    • Sold at most grocery stores;
      • Large retailers such as Walmart;
      • Pet stores such as Petsmart.
      • Pushed by Veterinarians on Trusting, Unsuspecting, Loving, Dog Owners
  • They:
    • Have huge marketing campaigns;
    • Their products are sold in veterinarian offices... 
  •  BUT...
    • What you might not know is that their products are a serious threat to your dog’s, cat’s health and longevity;
      • Further below I will provide a list of the popular products each of these companies make;
    •  If you are feeding your companion animal one of their products I recommend that you STOP FEEDING your companion animal their products, and lastly...
  •  AND...
    • They test their products on dogs, cats and other animals – I am not talking about ‘taste testing’, I am talking about testing that kills innocent ‘research’ dogs and cats!

The Big Five’s Products are a Major Cause of Illness & Death in Companion Animals
Their products are packed with:

 Harmful ingredients rather than species appropriate, quality ingredients

If you Are Feeding Your Dog or Cat Any of The Big Five’s Products…
Your dog, cat is at extreme risk of developing health issues and having his/her life span fore-shortened…
  • Did you know that 10 of the top 10 reasons for a veterinarian visit can be directly related to inappropriate diet and exposure to ingested, inhaled and topically absorbed toxins.
  • Many of the ingredients in their products  are the #1 cause of long-term ailments and illness, such as;
    • Cancer;
    • Diabetes;
    • Fatty Tumors,
    • Organ Failure;
    • And so much more.
  • Complete with:
    • High levels of poor source Omega-6 fatty acids, and:
    • Low levels of Omega-3 Fatty acids - also derived from unhealthy sources;
  • In combination with highly processed cereal grains that further spike Omega-6 levels to create a health threatening lack of balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids -  a contributing factor to anxiety leading to anxious behaviours such as hyper activity or aggressive-reactive behaviour.
If  you are buying dental chews or doggie tooth paste that is made by one of these companies; their dental ’health’ products ‘healthcare’ are also full of toxins, carcinogens and species inappropriate food stuff.

The Big Five are Experts at Misleading and False Advertising

They all have large and powerful marketing campaigns including TV aids that show happy, healthy perky cute dogs in the best of health, but…
  • The image in the advertisements and packaging are not reflective of reality;
  • Their products do not support the health of your dog, the only thing that their products support is the acquisition of wealth for:
    • Themselves;
    • Their Retailers;
    • The Giant Pharmaceutical Companies – that make chemical based drugs to treat the illness that your dog acquired via toxic, carcinogenic, species inappropriate dog food.
    • Conventional practioners of Veterinarian medicine who push/sell their product.
Pedigree’s latest TV campaign states that their product is:
  • ‘Professional Nutrition’ 
  • When in-fact their product is anything but
  • Their product is engineered to bring in huge profits at the expense of your dog’s health. 
Terms such as ‘professional nutrition’, ‘premium’, ‘natural’ are completely unregulated

According to the FDA:
Many pet foods are labeled as "premium," and some now are "super premium" and even "ultra premium." Other products are touted as "gourmet" items. Products labeled as premium or gourmet are not required to contain any different or higher quality ingredients, nor are they held up to any higher nutritional standards than are any other complete and balanced products.

The term "natural" is often used on pet food labels, although that term does not have an official definition either. .."Natural" is not the same as "organic." The latter term refers to the conditions under which the plants were grown or animals were raised. There are no official rules governing the labeling of organic foods for pets at this time…do not be swayed by the many marketing gimmicks or eye-catching claims…”

As to the term 'organic'- well by the time the organic ingredient has been added to the product and gone through processing along with the other ingredients - the organic ingredient is no longer organic.

The Big Five & Their Products
1. Colgate-Palmolive Dog and Cat 'Food'

  • Hill's Prescription Diet -
    • Read about some of the issues with these foods here and here.
  • Hill's Science Diet (recommended and sold by many conventional veterinarians);
    • Read this and then look at the ingredients listed on some of their products here.
    • And they also make many of the toxic commonly used household cleaners:
      • These chemical-based cleaners also contribute to a dog’s toxic load, and;
      • Your dog licks the floor, walks on the floor, lies on the floor and absorbs toxins into his/her blood stream through the skin on his/her foot pads and by licking his/her fur;
      • If the cleaner is a spray-on application the microscopic airborne particles become air-borne and are inhaled by your dog

2. Del Monte Foods Dog and Cat 'Food'

  • Dog and Cat Food
  • Alley Cat;
  • Canines Carry Outs;
  • Gravy Train;
  • Jerky Treats;
  • Kibbles-n-Bits;
  • Meow Mix;
  • Milk-Bone;
  • Milo’s Kitchen;
  • Meaty Bone;
  • Natures Recipes;
  • Pounce;
  • Pup-Peroni;
  • Snausages;
  • 9-Lives;
  • Read this and then look at the ingredients listed on any of their products that you are currently feeding your dog.

3. Mars Dog and Cat 'Food'

  • Cesar
  • Kal Kan;
  • Mealtime;
  • Nutro;
  • Pedigree;
  • Royal Canine (recommended and sold by many conventional veterinarians);
  • Sheba;
  • Waltham's; 
  • Whiskas;
  • Read this and then look at the ingredients listed on some of their products here.

4. NestlΓ© Dog and Cat 'Food'

  • Alpo;
  • Dog Chow;
  • Fancy Feast;
  • Friskies;
  • Mighty Dog;
  • And their Ralston Purina products i.e...
    • Canyon Creek Ranch;
    • Beneful
    • Dog Chow;
    • ProPlan;
    • Puppy Chow
    • Purina One;
  • Read this and then look at the ingredients listed on some of their products here.

They actually state right on the front page of their website that  they are proud of the inclusion of grain and corn in their pet foods' - their lack of ethics is unconscionable.

5. Procter & Gamble

  • Eukanuba;
  • Iams, (recommended and sold by many conventional veterinarians);
  • Eukanuba;
  • Natura;
  • Read this and then look at the ingredients listed on some of their products here.

Product Research, Development and Testing

All of these companies test on animals INCLUDING DOGS and CATS – testing that is invasive, painful and lethal. If the animal does not die first of pain and shock, from its wounds inflected on it by the researchers, or from the damage done to it externally and internally by the poisons and toxins forced upon it, when the researchers are finished ‘testing’ on the animal they kill it.

For the Health of your Dog, Cat and to protect the innocent lives of 'research' dogs and cats STOP Feeding your companion animal the big Five's products!

I do not feel that legalized cruelty to animals is civilized or acceptable - the pet food industry is, in my opinion a huge perpetrator of systematic animal cruelty.

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  1. Very scary info. Are there any safe dental products available? How do you feel about bully sticks?

    1. Hi Lori,

      Bully sticks are OK - relatively speaking. They are much better than most dental chew products. You can read this article which discusses the ins and outs of chews like Bully sticks

      This article provides additional information on the subject

      Dr. Mercola makes a good toxin and junk-free composite dental chew. His products are available on-line.

      For other ideas on dental care you can read this article

  2. I do animal rescue work and ive realized all processed and manufactured animal foods need research .most are there to make your pets ill.its about wealth and not health ..I may struggle finding fresh animal foods raw I get a lot of road kill ect to feed my birds of prey /cats ect no way would I buy anything with preservatives or gmo products

  3. I fed my lab a milkbone when I returned from my day at work a few years ago. Within 20 minutes and with an empty stomach he threw up the milkbone. In the stomach contents was a piece of partical board that was shaped like a golf ball divot tool remover, three months later I had to put him to bed. I contacted Del Monte Foods they wanted the manufacturers from the box along with the piece of wood so that they could locate the plant that the milkbones where produced. Many FedEx exchanges took place and although they did not accept full responsibility they did pay for his cremation which told me instantly that they are totally aware of the garbage that goes into their dog treats. I started making my own dog biscuits from that point forward.

  4. I fed Nutro for years until recently. It is an expensive dog food and I considered it to be high end. They recently changed their formula and my dog was not very keen on consuming the food but eventually she would eat it. While walking in the dark she had diarrhea and when I looked it was pure blood. I was shocked and immediately took her to the vet, she was on antibiotics for a few days along with a special diet. The remainder of the food was tossed and I switched to a better brand. I contacted the company back in November to ask what changes they made to their formula and to date have heard nothing back from the company. It disgusts me what these manufacturers get away with. Never again will a bag of Nutro be purchased for my four legged pals


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


"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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