The Shocking Truth About Commercial Dog Food

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Warning!  The following story is shocking… but true.  It’s taken with permission from an article which appeared in the Earth Island Journal:

“The rendering plant floor is piled high with “raw product”… Thousands of dead dogs and cats; heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses; whole skunks; rats and raccoons… all waiting to be processed. In the ninety degree heat, the piles of dead animals seem to have a life of their own as millions of maggots swarm over the carcasses.

“Two bandanna-masked men begin operating Bobcat mini-dozers, loading the “raw” into a ten-foot deep stainless steel pit. They are undocumented workers from Mexico doing a dirty job. A giant auger at the bottom of the pit begins to turn. Popping bones and squeezing flesh are sounds from a nightmare you will never forget.

“Rendering is the process of cooking raw animal material to remove the moisture and fat. The rendering plant works like a giant kitchen. The cooker, or “chef”, blends the raw product in order to maintain a certain ratio between the carcasses of pets, livestock, poultry waste and supermarket rejects.

“Once the mass is cut into small pieces, it is transported to another auger for fine shredding. It is then cooked at 280 degrees for one hour. The continuous batch cooking process goes on non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week as meat is melted away from bones in the hot “soup”. During this cooking process, the “soup” produces a fat of yellow grease or tallow that rises to the top and is skimmed off. The cooked meat and bone are sent to a hammer-mill press, which squeezes out the remaining moisture and pulverizes the product into a gritty powder. Shaker screens sift out excess hair and large bone chips. Once the batch is finished, all that is left is yellow grease, meat and bone meal.”

Welcome to the Dark Side of Recycling

So, what on earth could this unsavory concoction be legitimately used for?

Certainly not to make anything edible… right?

Unfortunately… as hard as it is to believe… the final “product” of this grisly process is sold as a source of protein and fat for making animal feeds.

That’s right… food ingredients to be fed to chickens, pigs, cattle… and you guessed it… dogs!

These revolting products are actually used to make dog food.

Every day, hundreds of rendering plants across America ship thousands of pounds of this recycled garbage to ranches, farms, feed lots… and pet food manufacturers.

Each batch of rendered product is labeled… according to its dominant animal source.  That’s why on a dog food label you’ll see so many ingredients that look like these…

  • Poultry by-product meal
  • Meat by-product meal
  • Fish meal
  • Animal fat

All are products of the rendering process.

Toxic Waste and Euthanized Pets

But this same complex system which converts waste into animal feed has also evolved into a recycling nightmare.  That’s because rendering plants are unavoidably processing toxic waste, too.

Here’s how…

The dead animals are frequently accompanied by a host of unwanted ingredients.  Pesticides enter the rendering process via tainted livestock.

Fish oil is commonly contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals.

Dead pets are frequently thrown into the grinder with their flea collars still attached.  Insecticide-laced patches found on the skin of slaughtered cattle are also carelessly added to the mix.

Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals follow livestock directly into the soup.  And drugs given to euthanize pets have been regularly found in the rendered product.

Unwanted metal contaminants can be traced to a variety of sources including pet collars, ID tags, surgical pins, and needles.

Even plastics end up getting into the process.

Finding a Use for Spoiled Grocery Meats

Every day, out-of-date supermarket meats as well as spoiled fish and poultry arrive by the truckload… right in their original Styrofoam trays and shrink wrap.  There’s simply no time for the tedious task of unwrapping each individual package of the many thousands of rejected products.

Plastic cattle ID lags, pesticide patches and even the green waste disposal bags containing pets from veterinarians are tossed directly into the pit.

As you can see, literally all of it (plastic, paper, cardboard, and whatever) goes right into the rendering machine.

By now, you must be starting to figure it all out.  Much of what goes into dog food is simply what’s left over after the processing of human food.  It’s what’s commonly classified as “unfit for human consumption”.

Unfit for Humans… Legal for Dog Food

Here’s a short list of some of the unsavory raw materials I’ve already mentioned… plus a few others.  All of the following ingredients are appalling… yet each can be lawfully used to make dog food:

  • Slaughterhouse waste (organs, heads, hooves, beaks, feet)
  • Bread and cereal rejects (cobs, stalks, mill sweepings)
  • Contaminated grain middlings
  • Dying, diseased and disabled farm animals
  • Road kill (deer, skunks, and raccoons)
  • Distiller fermentation waste
  • Spoiled supermarket food
  • Dead zoo animals
  • Restaurant grease
  • Euthanized cats and dogs

The pet food industry can be… at least in part… a sinister waste disposal vehicle for the human food manufacturers… and a way to profit from its own garbage.  Many companies practice legal witchcraft by magically turning their trash… into cash.

My Strongest Recommendation

Learn to readily spot these “profit-first” dog food companies… and avoid buying their second-rate products.

Look for brands made by conscientious manufacturers who take great pride in producing top-tier products… products designed to significantly enhance… and extend your dog’s life.

Learn why you should be skeptical of dog food products that claim to be “premium”, “natural” or “gourmet”.

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  • Coceca

    I started cooking for my dog 6 months ago and he gets so many compliments that it is crazy what a good diet does. I make a bog meatloaf very 4 to 5 days. Mix 4 pounds ground beef, 2 pounds grated carrots, 2 pounds grated sweet potaotes (I microvace them first) and 2 pounds zuchini. A big box of oats and 4 eggs, mix it all up, put in big oven casserole and bake for around an hour at 350 degrees, I also bake the eggshells for about 20 minutes and make a powder in the blender, put that inmthe mix too. I also give him an apple and a banana a day. It really does not take long and I know I am doing his health a great favor!!

  • Cyndi

    Since I found this site, just about a year ago, and reading about all the crap in most dog foods, I switched my dog to a raw diet. When done right and balanced, I believe it is the best food for dogs and my dog couldn’t be healthier. It took a lot of research and asking questions on here to learn how to do it right. There are many commercial dry and wet dog foods that don’t contain alot of filler and crap and poison, you just have to do the research and ask questions.

    You are in the right place to do that! :)

  • kerry mears

    So which is the best dog food to give our dogs ? Dried ? Wet ? Make ? Confusing me even more now :-(

  • Betsy Greer

    Wonman,

    My comment, from more than one year ago, made no reference whatsoever to former president Theodore Roosevelt.

    I feel no need to “sugar coat this fallen dark world.” My world is full of hope and inspiration and I choose to be, and seek in others, forces of good. I’m sorry if you choose to dwell on the horrors of life, rather than focusing on what you too could do to be a driving force for positive change. Thankfully, I can choose to find inspiration in whomever I choose.

    I somehow fail to see where I’ve made a blind “pledge of allegiance to the united corporations of America” in my post, which was in response to Shari, a 13 year old young lady who is aspiring for good in the world. Maybe it’s you who is mistaken in your analysis of my post.

    In the immortal words of Theodore Roosevelt, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

    Good luck to you.

  • Wonman

    You should have picked someone else as your white washing shining star. Elanor’s husband witheld advanced knowledge of Japan’s planned attack on Pearl Harbor with complete. Disregard of life. So the Americans would rally behind him for war. The next time you feel the need to sugar coat this fallen dark world, stayaway from politicians as role models. And blindly pledge allegiance to the united corporations of America.

  • cathysorbo

    This disgusting practice should be stopped immediately – which companies use this? What are the animal welfare organisations doing about this? Petitions, letter writing etc – we can all make a stand against this shameful practice!

  • Anonymous

    god knows what they put in that stuff…

  • Becky

    Yeah, they lock cows in cages with their heads sticking out and hold a rod to their heads and press a button and the rod shoots a bullet into them and then a rope is tied to a leg and are carried away to make room for the next cow. This is not dog food, this is human food.

  • Becky

    I once saw Walmart hot dogs that had pork by product meal in it. My grandparents once bought a similar brand and I didn’t know and got sick from eating them. And for dogs that’s every day!?!?!?! FEED YOUR DOGS AND CATS REAL FOOD!!!!!!!!!

  • Becky

    What brand is that? It would be perfect for a corgi I know. Right now she is eating a REALLY cheap brand. I know the owner well and could recommend it to her.

  • Becky

    Yes, it does. And so do flea collars, cow tags, and plastic bags. Better switch to a better dog food brand!

  • Becky

    Imagin you were a dog, and you ate dog food that contained DEAD DOGS! And your owner didn’t even know what’s really in the dog food, if they did they did they wouldn’t feed it to their dogs.

  • katbat

    This is sad, but true! Here are a few links i’ve read before:

    http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/CVMFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/ucm129131.htm
    http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/CVMFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/ucm129134.htm

    http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/CVMFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/ucm129135.htm

    *I work at a vet clinic and the DVM I work for never knew this until recently. They dont get any nutrition training except what Hill’s(Science Diet) teaches them(DVM’s exact words)

    Here’s another website that alerts us petparents to these kinds of things too!

    http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/

  • City and Country Ltd

    i am planning to start a small business that will ‘mop up’ Beef waste from slaughter houses, mince package, freeze and sell to Dog owners. i posted the idea on an online platform and the demand is encouraging. i am a Dog owner myself and my Dog has been feeding on the same stuff.
    Can someone help me with more ideas on how i can make this idea work better? The waste will include parts of Tripes, Liver, Heart. I am based in Kenya. I am a Christian and hence ethical, indeed i can not process just anything for money

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  • imtheone

    Absolutely gross! I cant event take a look at that photo. Link Serve Waste

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    Is it true that the Styrofoam packaging gets thrown in to the grinder?

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  • LabsRawesome

    You are correct. Dogs don’t know the difference, But I do. My dogs would probably eat anything that I put in their bowl. I owe it to them to feed the most nutritious food that I can afford. I don’t want my dogs to just survive. I want them to thrive. That’s why I add eggs, sardines, “on sale” grocery meats, probiotics, and fish oil to their 4 and 5 star dog foods.

  • Marc Tanner

    With your yuppy food you might milk another 6 months out of your dog at the end of their life, probably filled with cancer and pain, so that you wont be lonely a little bit longer.

  • Marc Tanner

    Case in point. Do you think your dog really knows the difference? They think a rock tastes good.

  • LabsRawesome

    My dogs are family. Not “pets”. And they deserve to eat real food, just like I do. I don’t think that there’s anything silly about that.

  • Marc Tanner

    I was really upset when I read this and then I remembered that a dog is a PET and they seem to like it. Too many idiots out there and Im tired of hearing the commercials, “I looked at the label and the first ingredient wasn’t…” We have starving people in the world and this crap is silly!

  • Omer

    This is no less than shocking. when I found out about it I start to find a real natural dog food to replace this “premium dog food”. the solution is to cook yout own.

    in my site I give an uncensored review about the product and how to switch the commercial dog food with healthy one.

    tnx for the help, read my site:

    Homemade dog food

  • John

    I work at a rendering plant it does get nasty. But we don’t process whole animals or house pets. We mostly process meat that has gone past its expiration date from super markets.

  • dollface

    love it me too just learning

  • dawndalyce

    I buy SAFE, human grade, delicious, healthy, no GMO , no grain, NEVER a recall, American ingredients and made, pet foods and treats …..and I save THOUSANDS in vet bills, and I never have to face the guilt of poisoning my pet with contaminated food again ! WHY DON”T YOU????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? http://www.lifesabundance.com/dawndalyce

  • Pat Howarth

    Short reply…..Don’t cook her meat but cook her veg a little and mash it up then she can digest it all….if you feed RAW HER TEETH SHOULD NOT NEED HELP FROM YOU BECAUSE SHE SHOULD HAVE BONES IN HER RAW DIET…AND THEY CLEAN HER TEETH. HER BREATH WILL NOT SMELL, AND HER SKIN SHOULD BE GOOD AND NOT SMELL….AND THERE’S NO NEED FOR BATHING HER REGULARLY BECAUSE SHE SHOULD BE GROOMED VERY REGULARLY AND THAT WILL TAKE DUST AND DEAD HAIR OUT OF HER COAT. THE TIME SPENT GROOMING IS BONDING TIME AND YOU’LL BOTH LOVE THAT TIME…..SOMETIMES BATH TIME CAN BE A BIT OF A PAIN FOR BOTH OF YOU….THOUGH MOST DOGS ARE HAPPY TO HAVE A BATH. ALWAYS FEED..RAW… YOUR DOG WAS NEVER ABLE TO COOK ITS OWN FOOD…THE DOG ALWAYS ATE RAW……..TAKING THE STOMACH FIRST AND EATING THE PARTLY DIGESTED GRASS ETC. FROM THE STOMACH….(AND PART COOKING THE VEGGIES YOU GIVE MIMICS THAT.) AND THESE ARE THE ONLY THINGS I COOK FOR MY DOGS. Sorry about the capitals, wasn’t looking till I’d finished and realised I was all in capitals…..wasn’t going to write it all again :-))))

  • Sherie Brodigan

    Thank you Creator for our love and your patience.

  • Kelly Howard

    Dear lord, I just heard yesterday about using rendered euthanized pets for pet food. I was skeptical of the source of the info, as I’ve heard some extremely odd things from the person… but as soon as he said it, it sounded likely. I am more than ever thinking of disregarding the UC Davis study that said home made dog food was nutritionally deficient & giving supplemental vitamins.
    Do dogs have prions? Sounds like an excellent way to get “mad dog disease.” Heaven help us!

  • crosswind

    yes sausages contain cheap body parts, but not euthanizing chemicals

  • kate

    hahaha how has no one else liked this comment?

  • scott

    People post this article everywhere you can, including all forms of social media and even the facebook sites of the dog food companies!

    Here are a few links. Tell them you will not spend another dime on their disgusting food.

    https://www.facebook.com/purina

    https://www.facebook.com/Iams

    https://www.facebook.com/alpo

  • scott

    Good job reading the article dumbass. Harmful chemicals, plastics, cardboard, and diseased carcasses are not part of a healthy diet for any living creature.

  • Pat Howarth

    I don’t take much notice of Shari. I feel she’s more than 13 yrs old and she’s here to stir everyone up. I’ve seen her on other sites and she’s been blocked from some….she is not what she says she is!!!!!!! Take no notice of her…..her agenda isn’t all that clear when you read everything she writes….except that she’s a stirrer and a wind up merchant :-(((((

  • sonja

    Wow, you are really stupid…do you really think euthanized animals should be fed BACK to the same species? (not to mention the chemicals or diseases in those animals) Carnivores eat omnivores, THAT’s the circle of life!

  • WaitYourTurn

    (Gasp) What? Omnivores eating roadkill and grains? OMG, something must be done to stop this, immediately! We can’t actually turn waste protein and fiber into (gasp) animal food! City people need to get out more and see how the cycle of life works beyond the pavement.

  • Melody Lemon Heintzelman

    FYI – It’s in you’re make up too!!

  • theresa

    this needs to be stopped !! feeding this to cattle, pigs,chickens ,dogs, cats etc ! shame on all these companies that deal with this ! my dogs almost died from dog food and i was buying it a pet shops for as much as 65.00 a bag ! my dogs were throwing up and lethargic ! i cook for them now and they are very healthy ! no more dog food !!!

  • Jane Croft

    Check out cheap sausages – its the same thing!

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  • Action Jackson

    I feed my dogs Acana. Made in Canada using regional food sources fit for human consumption…none of this toxic crap. Costs more but I consider it my dogs’ “pet health insurance policy.” My 3 big dogs are in excellent health and don’t have to feed them as much as the toxic crap-based food. Check out their website: http://www.acana.com/about-acana/fresh-regional-ingredients/

  • Uta Lemcke

    Meat by-products is the worst you can feed your dog or cat. I only feed organic pet food of in Germany certified brands. It is a little more expensive but therefore you need less as it is of high quality. People are far to trustful and believe brand names more than what is the contents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I’m curious as to why you keep saying that if it’s fine for bulldogs, it’s fine for any other breed. Is there something about a bulldog that makes it’s nutritional needs superior to all other breeds?

  • Melissaandcrew

    Interesting. And yet my bulldog eats Natures variety instinct, Fromm canned, raw etc and his skin is gorgeous..

  • InkedMarie

    I’m having trouble understanding you but if you have questions about THK, give them a call. As far as being new, I can tell you that many dog foods are new. When my now 7yr old dog was 5mos old & I was searching for a dog food to stop his ear infections, most of todays choices were not even around.

  • InkedMarie

    I think you got it, Patty! Most people know I love THK but if i was new to dehydrated, I’d buy that over any other simply because it’s human grade.