Monday, April 23, 2007

GORDY UPDATE: FOOD

I offer you.... a narrative (in the form of a rant):

Friday we took a trip to the vet. I will call this vet BILL. We go way back with BILL. Which, in our case, means he's the vet in our area that we decided to go to when our little kitty (God rest his soul) became sick. BILL has a real no-nonsense attitude and at the time, we sort of liked it. He's not the friedliest dude, not the chattiest, but he seemed to want to spare us unncessary tests and diagnosed little Michael with anemia from the get go. That would be Chapter One.

Chapter Two is today.

I am very, very sad to tell you that BILL informed me that, and I quote, "Science Diet is a great food". To put it simply, this is false. And we so happen to be at so much of an impasse on this particular subject that I am considering not going back to him ever again.

Is it because Science Diet was involved in the recall? Not really. It might have been nice if BILL had even acknowledged a recall was even happening, however. And, for the record, he so didn't. Would I have felt a little better had he made this statement and then backed it up with fact or at the very least encouraged me to check the dates on the packaging? Sure. But the real issue I take with this is the fact that I am of the belief that dogs are, and you might need to sit down for this...

CARNIVORES!

Here's the list of Puppy Small Bites ingredients as they appear on the bag (and on their website):

Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Brewers Rice, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, vitamins (L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

CORN. CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT. SOYBEAN MEAL. ANIMAL FAT. DRIED BEET PULP. CHICKEN LIVER FLAVOR... and so on. Sounds really substantial, right?

Well it's not. Corn sucks. Dogs get virtually nothing out of it and it's hard for them to digest. It's what we call "filler". Chicken by-product.... necks, beaks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines. Soybean meal... more filler. Dried beet pulp? Sugar. And the list goes on.. Sure, there are some good things the further you get into the list but keep in mind, those are listed by order of abundance...

Now you might be all, Since when are you a scientist?... and that's precisely the point. What I am getting at here is that ANYONE can pick up a bag of dog food and formulate good decisions. What we're looking for is MEAT! Be it chicken, lamb, salmon or...okay, beef.... MEAT! NOT corn. NOT rice. And even if you've had dogs all your life that have eaten total crap, that's fine. But now you're a little wiser, a little more educated, and we have this thing now called the Internet. Not to mention you're likely doubling your quota of daily number twos. Nevermind weight gain, nevermind possible side effects from all the chemicals and under regulated by-products. Hell, nevermind the RECALL. Have fun!

And on that note, it's time for some links:

www.api4animals.org
www.thedogfoodproject.com
www.altvetmed.com

Recommended foods:

Artemis
Innova
Merrick
Solid Gold
Wellness

Will we go back to BILL? We haven't decided yet. To be continued....

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