by guest blogger Chris Roberts from Barkwheats Dog Biscuits
It’s becoming all too often that we hear of (many under the radar of the mass media) product recalls in the pet industry. The most major one was in the spring of 2007 in which many lower cost pet foods were tainted with an ingredient used to make plastic dishware, melamine. Thousands of pets were sickened and many passed on because of this invasion into the food system. So one might ask, how important is ingredient security to you, your pets, and your family?
Now, many people are looking at the back of the boxes and bags of pet food (and our own food) to see the ingredient listing. Are there words we can’t pronounce? Maybe words we can pronounce, but just haven’t ever heard of before? I’ve seen some brands lately who are using a filler in their product that is used to make cement. CEMENT! I don’t know about you, but that is certainly not something I would want to feed my dog. Let’s take a look at why we should feed our dogs (and cats) great food, and then look at the importance of sourcing the ingredients.
The most major reason I have for feeding our dogs a wholesome diet is because I love them. I want my dogs to be around for as long as possible, and have them live an amazing life because of the love they constantly give to me. Sure, they may have crazy art projects that involve the kitchen trash, but they just want to give you a beautiful piece of art, right? For many people, “anipals” are the greatest sources of love they have in their lives. They commit 100% to loving you no matter what, and how great is that? I feel that we should commit 100% to giving them that same love, and it starts with their diet.
We all have been hearing the buzz words… grain-free, gluten-free, ancient grains, easily digestible grains, organic, etc. I believe that no matter how you feed your dog, it is critical to understand where these ingredients are coming from. Now, I’m not talking about what distributor or central processor is handling these bulk ingredients. I’m talking about the farmers who grow them. The land that the ingredients are grown in. It is more critical than ever to understand where our pets (and our own) food is coming from, in order to keep us safe.
Think about this. If you had a relationship with the dog food (or treat) manufacturer that you buy product from and held them accountable for their ingredient sourcing, would so many dogs be missing from their “parents” lives due to harmful food? If we all demanded that manufacturers do their part to serve the public as corporations were originally created to do, how great of a place in time would we be living?
Food security has never been a more important facet of our culture as it is right now, today. We can bring a sense of safety into our lives by developing better relationships with the manufacturers of goods we and our pets consume and having an understanding of where ingredients come from. Not only is it safer for us and our companions, but it’s safer for the Earth as well. Next time you’re in the pet supply store, ask the clerk if they know where the ingredients came from in that snack you’re thinking about buying your pup. If not, maybe you should find something else?
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