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".
Nutrition has SUCH an influence on health, both physical and mental health, and on behavior, you cannot overestimate it!
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!
Carcasses: 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.
Rancid 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.
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.
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