Original post by the Dog Bowl,


The major dog food manufacturers are producing nothing but bad dog food.  That may seem to be a grandiose claim, but there is a plethora of evidence to prove it.  Behind the colorful bags, the jingles, the slogans, the commercials – major dog food brands supply one thing: bad dog food.  It’s an injustice to all dogs and dog lovers.  What these producers of bad dog food are really offering your favorite furry friend is a foul admixture of disgusting by-products and a cornucopia of toxic chemicals.


When cattle, chickens, lambs, swine, and other animals are slaughtered for food, it’s common that just the lean muscle is cut and used for human consumption.  The left over carcass is then sent to a rendering plant, along with all the other waste that is around.  This foul mess is rendered and will soon become bad dog food.  What this amounts to is an appalling mixture of chicken feet, dead animals, euthanized dogs and cats, lungs, ligaments, beaks, teeth, intestines, and more.  This bad dog food is cleaned up with the all-encompassing label of “meat-and-bone meal” and “by-products” on the outside of the bag.


Have you heard of the “4 D’s”?  The “4 D’s” encompass the kind of cattle that are sent to rendering plants:

  • Dead
  • Dying
  • Diseased
  • Disabled

When all of this putrid material comes to the rendering plant, it’s put in a huge vat and shredded.  It’s then cooked at 220 to 270 degrees for 20 to 60 minutes.  After it cools, the grease is skimmed off the top.  This is “animal fat.”  The rest is pressed and dried. This is what’s called “meat and bone meal” and “by-products” – otherwise known as bad dog food.

Who’s Responsible?


Huge corporate conglomerates use pet food companies as a cheap and profitable way to dispose of waste produced by their human food companies:

Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Mighty Dog, Purina One (Nestle)

9 Lives, Amore, Gravy Train, Kibbles-n-Bits, Nature’s Recipe (Heinz)

Hills Science Diet (Colgate-Palmolive)

Eukanuba, Iams (Proctor & Gamble)

Kal Kan, Mealtime, Pedigree, Sheba, Waltham’s (Mars)

So why do dogs eat this bad dog food?  Their senses are being duped.  To make this bad dog food pleasing to the eyes and noses of our canine pals is nothing more than a lesson in chemistry.


Some of the chemicals used in pet food include:

  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) – known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction
  • BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) – known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction
  • Ethoxyquin – suspected of causing cancer
  • Propylene glycol – causes the destruction of red blood cells

Some other things that may be added to bad dog food are:

  • Coloring agents
  • Drying agents
  • Flavoring agents
  • Lubricants
  • Texturizers

So who’s responsible?  Who allows such practices to continue unabated?  Who regulates the pet food industry?  The answer is:

  • PFI – The Pet Food Institute
  • AAFCO – Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • FDA/CVM – The Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine

These agencies profess standards and measures for dog food manufacturers to uphold, but they DO NOT have the authority to enforce them.  Therefore, there are no assurances of the quality of ingredients that the major dog food manufacturers are putting into their bad dog food.

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