healthy pet food: what does that mean?

the article below discusses a popular cat food…and the ingredients that are in this pet food when it is advertised as if there is a lot of fresh seafood within… when there is a lot of other stuff mostly and barely a sliver of seafood.

cigarettes, lies and pet food ads,​210_food_pet_cat.html, beware, read ingredients in pet food, don’t buy pet food from grocery stores or even regular pet food stores.

I was recently approached by the PR folks for Beneful. They’ve got  some new pet food they’re promoting and wanted to send me a sample so I could tell you all how yummy Cici thought it was. Since there was Healthy in the name of the product, I decided to check out the health of the ingredients. Unfortunately, I was correct in assuming that the ingredients were not at all healthy. The ingredient list was hidden, you have to click to see it. These people are so forthcoming about what a great product they’re offering pet owners NOT.

And of course, the manufacturer is Nestle’ who sends infant formula to the third world with ingredients that are not ok here and gmo-laden chocolate to our shelves. And Purina, these are the same folks.  But we’ve all seen their commercials for Beneful, with the cute dog and his owner playing with Mr. Fuzzy Blue man toy…  must be good food. Not if you think your dog deserves REAL protein, no grains and actual nutrition.

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, chicken, soy flour, water, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, animal digest, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried carrots, dried tomatoes, avocado, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red, 40, Blue 2, Yellow 6), Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

and this is what they tell you it has, yum, festive accents of avocado and tomato (does not say dried bits because then no one would buy it)…

Healthy Fiesta provides balanced nutrition to help keep your dog happy and healthy, made with wholesome ingredients including festive accents of avocado and tomato.

and golly gee whiz the other two “healthy” products Harvest and Radiance have remarkably similar ingredient lists, with a few variations… and yet this is what they advertise:

Healthy Harvest® dog food supports your dog’s health and happiness with its complete and balanced nutrition, featuring soy and other real, wholesome ingredients.

where? did I miss the real wholesome ingredients????  and soy is not wholesome, and whee is the complete and balance nutrtion, must be written in invisible ink???

and then there is the other product they wanted Cici to try, the prepared dog food that looks just like beef stew, hearty roaster… doesn’t that look and sound delish?

Here’s the ingredients for the so-called Premium dog food:

Water sufficient for processing, beef, wheat gluten, liver, green beans, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, carrots, barley, artificial and natural flavors, salt, calcium phosphate, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin A supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite.

don’t think feeding your pet unhealthy junk food makes for a healthy happy pet, in my humble opinion.

Better to feed your dog a healthy food choice like Canine Health by Dr. Harvey’s… add meat/protein and oil and hot water, cook for 8 minutes and feed…

Canine Health is made from 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 14 herbs.

Dr. Harvey uses only the finest organic and all-natural human consumption ingredients in Canine Health. Canine Health is made with no dyes, no preservatives, and no chemicals.

what I have noticed with Cici is that she scarfs up all of the food from Dr. Harvey, licking the bowl clean, she loves this food. With a couple of other healthy raw dehydrated foods she eats, she leaves some of it at the bottom of the bowl and has gotten tired of it. With Dr. Harvey’s, I get the 5 pound bag which lasts about a month (less or more depends on the size/weight of your dog) and costs about $40 + the cost of the meat, and shipping the product to my home.  I also get her raw beef soup bones from the grocery store, freeze them and then give them to her. That way, the bones do not splinter and Cici does not choke on them. You can order the food directly from Dr. Harvey (he is really nice, I talked to him on the phone because I had questions and was impressed that he was so accessible) or from Amazon and/or your favorite online pet food company. I would NOT recommend as it took Two WHOLE weeks to get the food.

Dogs, cats and snakes are carnivores, with sharp, interlocking teeth designed to grasp prey.

Cats and snakes are obligate carnivores, which means they must consume a meat diet to maintain health, whereas dogs are scavenging carnivores, who, in addition to a meat based diet, can consume other types of foods without dire consequences.

By nature’s design, rabbits and horses were never intended to consume meat. Dogs and cats were not designed to eat or digest grains. So, as you would expect, when you feed your dog and cat companions foods they were not designed to eat, you’re asking for trouble.

your pet eats too much dry food

You could also make homemade food such as the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food):

In a blender or food processor make about 500 grams of crushed raw fruit and vegetables. The vegetables can include pumpkin, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, corn, squash, mushrooms, peas, beans, etc. Just about any vegetable you can find. The fruit can include apples, bananas, oranges (peeled), tomatoes, kiwi fruit, etc. Again, anything in season. It is very important that the fruit and vegetables are processed into a fine pulp so the dog can’t pick them out. It is also important that all the ingredients are raw, as many of the nutrients are lost when cooked.

Combine 1/2 kg of processed row fruit and veggie’s and 2 kg of raw lean meat and add bones. To this mix add the following: 5 whole raw eggs

3 table spoons of flax seed oil or Cod Liver Oil

3 tablespoons of brewers yeast

3 tablespoons of kelp powder

3 tablespoons of vitamin C powder

half a tub of plain yogurt or cottage cheese


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8 responses to “healthy pet food: what does that mean?

  1. Great article on the hidden agendas of mainstream cheap dog food companies. I have two dogs and feed them a mixture of dry dog food with boneless cooked chicken, veggies, and a little brown rice. I used to feed them Iams but with all the pet food recalls over the past couple of years I have strayed away from them and have gone towards a more health and people friendly diet. I am definitely going to check out Canine Health.
    Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I’m always reading up about pet food and the more I read I always 1. learn something and 2. get a little more confused. lol. There is just so much info out there, but I do try to do the best I can and feed Kelly the best I can afford.

    • Peggy, there is nothing confusing about what I wrote, it’s very clear. either you can feed your pets chemicals and worse or you can feed them healthy real food. so what did you not understand?

      • Oh, CeliaSue, no, your post is absolutely clear. I just meant that the more I read and look into different articles about pet foods, the more confused I get in general. It’s just me! Sure hope I didn’t offend!

      • no offense, I understand that there is a lot of info out there… for me though it is a very clear choice… for my fur-kid, do I feed her rotten toxic garbage or food? and on a next to nothing income I know how difficult it can be to choose real food … but if I can do it, then anyone can so I write to inspire people to make the right choice for the health of their pets. thanks.

  3. Are dogs supposed to eat grapes? I thought grapes and raisins were a no-no.

  4. Portia

    Avacados are toxic to dogs!!!

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