Do They Really Use Dead Dogs and Cats to Make Pet Food?


The pet food industry has denied the rumors for years. Yet the reports just keep coming. They claim a number of companies continue to use euthanized pets to make dog food.

Sound impossible? Watch this short video and decide for yourself.

Portrait of a Shameless Industry

Unfortunately, there’s no date attached to this video. However, our research found Hersch Pendell was president of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) in 1998.

So, we must assume that year to be the approximate time of this interview.

In any case, the actual words spoken by the president of the pet food regulatory association are especially chilling.

And we’re still unable to locate any current regulation forbidding the use of euthanized pets in commercial dog food.

How to Avoid Products with the Highest Risk
of Containing Euthanized Pets

To avoid choosing a dog food that might contain dead cats and dogs, there’s only one way to minimize the risk…

Never buy any product made with an anonymous animal ingredient

By anonymous, we’re referring to meat-based ingredients that do not specify the source animal. They use vague terms like “meat meal” rather than more specific words like “chicken meal” to describe their components.

According to the pet food industry, meat can come from virtually any mammal1.

So, generic meat meal can be legally made from road kill, dead, diseased or dying farm animals — even euthanized cats and dogs.


  1. Official Publication, American Association of Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition, Section 9.3, p. 259
  • Debby Sweet

    The world may never know!!!

  • Deb McCleary

    In denial much ?

  • Karl

    Sorry, but most of what you said doesn’t make sense or is just wrong. First off, Purina makes Friskies so they aren’t separate brands. Second, I was the manager of retail pet store chain while I was in school finishing a veterinary technology degree, and I can tell you pet store employees DO NOT receive any continuous or adequate training on nutrition. What is a filler anyway? Every company seems to define this differently. Nutrition is about body chemistry and nutrients, NOT INGREDIENTS. Define your ingredients by which purpose they serve. Liver, kidneys, and hearts are considered “by-products” but are generally understood to be highly nutritious. Go through DVM360 or veterinarypartner for info from the EXPERTS. That means BOARD-CERTIFIED nutritionists.

    Lastly, just because something is legal, doesn’t mean that’s what companies use. That would be a guaranteed way to go out of business. Seriously, does anyone really think there’s a truck going around picking up euthanized pets to bring them to the processing plant?

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  • micadelphor

    Savvy comments . I loved the points – Does someone know if my company might get a template AQHA TRANS12-171 form to complete ?