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Dog Food 101 - The Ultimate Insight

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So you know well about "dog food"?

Someone showed you what to look out for in package labels?

And you don't buy the cheapest, you buy "quality pet food!" - Right?

Well, the Cynology Hub MyGermanShepherd.Org has everything to clear your mind about "dog food" if only you are open-minded?


Since the term "dog food" has become associated with what comes (mostly) in large bags and small tins, let's start here with that kind of "dog food".


Note that what you feed your dog determines:

  • how high your vet bills, medication bills, and supplement bills will be
  • and how long your dog will be with you.

It's as simple as that! The worse that we feed a dog, the higher the bills, lifelong.

Nutrition has SUCH an influence on health, both physical and mental health, and on behavior, you cannot overestimate it!

And this is true for both: what you eat and what your dog gets to eat.

see the bigger picture of pet food, will you?This is why for good reason in the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL we call REAL food: Life Extender #1.

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Ever wondered why food plays this vital role?

Not because you need to eat, no. But because what you eat and what you feed your dog affects all 12 body systems!

All 12, yes. Of course this too is covered in our world-renowned Periodical.

At this point, likely you will be thinking "Is there a better dog food brand than what I am buying?"

Wrong thought, sorry.

Contrary to others that aim to sell you specific or ultimately any "dog food" ... at the Cynology Hub MyGermanShepherd.Org we don't.

We don't sell you any "dog food", nor would I want you to buy "dog food".

I'd love that you share REAL food with your dog. Simply that. Only that.

Let me show you why I don't like to see you buy any industrial dog food:

Industrial pet "food" is a waste product: it is the skillful combo of carcasses and rancid Retail waste with manmade plastics, medication and toxic chemicals!


1sick animal carcasses processed into pet foodCarcasses: Industrial pet "food" is concocted in rendering plants, and rendering plants are the largest taker of carcasses from farms, animal hospitals, vet clinics, zoos, highway clearance, and slaughterhouses.

The exception are animal research and animal testing labs: in most countries animal cadaver utilization from animal research and animal testing is not allowed in rendering plants. Though, it is unlikely that everyone complies, because animal cadaver law enforcement is very weak.

Meaning, the carcasses are from deer and other game, horses, monkeys, lions, snakes, cattle and poultry, deceased and euthanized family pets like dogs and cats - and the rats attracted by this smelly stew.

Think: These carcasses have to go somewhere. Cremation or burial at sea would be costly. No one is willing to pay for that, for animals they don't even know and have never seen. But returning animal cadavers into the food chain is cheap. Better even, pet owners are willing to pay for that, and a LOT: They happily buy the rendering plant output as pet food and feed it to their four-legged family member.

What an ingenious solution devised by the pet food industry, isn't it? Well, this is what launched its existence.

2rancid retail waste processed into pet foodRancid Retail waste: Ever wondered what happens to unsold meat packages past due date? What happens to meat and dairy when the store's chiller or freezer broke down, or when the transport truck slid in the ditch? What happens to mouldy unsold produce?

Again, rendering plants are the largest taker! And by the time these waste foods arrive, they are visibly bad. Really bad. Rancid. This is not the meat's fault: Retail waste obviously doesn't get chilled on the way to the rendering plant, or did you think so?

I myself did work in Food Retail for a while (to avoid a mountain of student debt, one should always earn the tuition fees upfront). There, the chiller house broke down too once in a while. Everywhere it does, large-scale chillers run by retailers aren't fool-proof. Then we had to hastily restock the shelves with freshly delivered replacement stock (meat is just one victim of a broken chiller, dairy is another victim).

Such large-scale meat waste is the exception of course. The past-due-date is the rule. Even in fast-turning Retailers like where I was, some meat always goes bad. Every day. We threw those packages in large yellow wheel-bins (the green bins were for produce). The yellow wheel-bins with the old meat packages were collected on Wednesdays (the green wheel-bins on Fridays). Thus some meat always was in there for an entire week before it got collected by the rendering plant's trucks.

3Manmade plastics processed into pet foodManmade Plastics: Did you think "Plastics cannot be in pet food!"? - Wrong thought, sorry. Lots of plastics go into pet food: Insecticide ear tags from cattle, Flea and Tick collars, ID tags, Package wrap, and even the pen that fell in the yellow wheel-bin...

"But I've never seen plastics in my dog's kibble!" - No worries, the 300oF incinerator melted it nicely into the paste that after drying is pressed into cute kibble pieces.

"What, kibble contains melted plastics??" - Yes, but not only kibble, pet tin food too.

"But plastics isn't food!" - Really? Then why are you feeding that your dog?

4Medication still in animal cells processed into pet foodMedication: Like with people, it just so happens that many animals that die have been sick before. Almost all sick animals got medication, some of them for years. Not only that, in the 1970s it became the norm to add antibiotics and steroids to the farm feed - which itself is rendering plant waste that is fed to cattle via conveyor belt.

"Wait a sec, cattle are herbivores!" - Wrong thought, sorry. Modern cows are omnivores, they are being fed grains and meat from rendering plants, but no grass. School books will have to be re-written.

"But if cattle has to eat such rendering plant waste products, and I eat a steak, then I have eaten the rendering plant waste products too, and my family as well." - Correct. That's today's food chain. Everyone gets their share on the plate. And women put it as Makeup on the face.

Did you note what the dairy cow inspection chart on the right says in the small print?

"...drugs in amounts over the legal limit in culled dairy cows". Over the legal limit?

Yes, it is meanwhile accepted by law that all meat contains sizeable amounts of medication that have accumulated in the animal's body from the treatments it received over the course of its life! Accepted legal limits. The world has gone awry! eek

You may or may not know that the legislative only steps in where human ethics are lacking: Had the meat producers any ethics, they wouldn't even think of culling animals for human consumption that have received medical treatment. And pet food producers? They demonstrate to have no ethics anyway. rolleyes

5Pesticides and toxic chemicals processed into pet foodToxic chemicals: Most lab medication are chemicals anyway, but there are more toxic ones too: high doses of Pentobarbital used to euthanize animals, polystyrene and styrofoam used to pack meat, polypropylene and cellophane to wrap the meat, insecticides in the cattle ear tags, pesticides on crop, etc.

"That doesn't go into pet food!" - It does, sorry.

Look, no one gets paid to take off ear tags and flea and tick collars etc, no one has the time to unpack unsold meat package returns, and no one can separate Pentobarbital and other toxic chemicals from the animal cadaver.

It all goes into the incinerator.

The extreme heat and subsequent coating and gassing are meant to neutralize all toxic chemicals. Your 5th class chemics school teacher knew, it can't.

Everyone: "This is shocking!"

Well, it's the modern food chain.

Did you not know?

It gets even "better": Cows that until around the 1950ies were vegetarian have long become omnivores: Farm animals are fed the rendering plant waste output too. In fact, you eat the rendering plant waste output as well - when you eat your steak. lick

Unless you eat organic and the seal can be trusted?

Remember, it's a food chain: What the cows get to eat, when you eat, you eat too.

Of course the same applies to all industrialized farm animals and produce, not just cows: You eat all the pesticides, the antibiotics, the steroids, and the medication that are still in the body when the animal gets slaughtered or euthanized. Bon appétit.

And as concerns the dog:

The more of the industrial pet "food" crap we feed a dog, the sicker the dog will be soon, the higher the bills to the vet and pharmacist and for supplements, and the shorter the dog's life.

It's a simple biological fact: We get what we feed. exclaim



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