If you feed your dog the moist dog food in packets, you are not a label reader and the dog food manufacturers have you fooled. Find out why these are toxic and the worst of bad dog foods.
I read the ingredients maybe twenty years ago, and aghast, I never thought about the little pouches of food again because the stuff isn't just bad dog food, it's the worst dog food.
Then recently when an acquaintance was complaining about her little dogs having all sorts of health problems, it got stuck in my mind.
Why? I didn't think this garbage was still on the market because it's so awful, but lo and behold when I took care of her little ones while she was on vacation I found that is exactly what she fed them.
I was so floored I decided to write about the worst dog food on the planet and got on my computer to copy the ingredients right from the Purina website for moist
and meaty. It's posted at the bottom of this page. I'll just give you
some highlights of a few ingredients that should scare the pants off you.
First, I don't see any food in it.
And you should have a hissy fit over corn syrup being both the 4th and 7th ingredients! If you add these sugars up, that must rank them at at least the third position. Candy for our dog's main meal? Don't we have enough dogs with diabetes?
The Problem With Ethoxyquin
Ethoxyquin was concocted back in the 1950s as a rubber stabilizer for tires. While it preserves food forever, it's also considered a huge health risk and is banned in many countries, yet not the United States. Requests for its ban to the Food and Drug Administration, Division of Animal Feeds (U.S.) have been ignored since 1992.
Researchers in Australia, Norway and Mexico found significant degradation to livers and kidneys from ethoxyquin.
The Animal Protection Institute of America (APIA) associates it with skin and hair coat problems, immune disorders, thyroid, pancreas and behavior disorders, infertility, neonatal illness, cancer and death.
you notice pancreas disorders? Team that up with the corn syrup and you
get a double whammy. Could the combination of these ingredients induce
diabetes in dogs? Surely.
The last ingredients in moist dog food I'll mention are dyes. Yes, many food colors are toxic and there is an array listed. But of course dyes are needed to make this concoction look moist and meaty!
Okay, here's the list of ingredients. Hopefully you'll notice that there is more high fructose corn syrup AND corn syrup both than beef. I'm not even going to discuss the beef by-products because you'll cry.
PURINA® BRAND MOIST & MEATY® DOG FOOD - BURGER WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE FLAVOR
INGREDIENTS: Beef by-product, soy grits, soy flour, high fructose corn syrup, wheat flour, water, corn syrup,
beef, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, salt, animal fat preserved
with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), sorbic acid (a
preservative), dried cheese powder (predominantly cheddar cheese),
calcium propionate (a preservative), DL-Methionine, choline chloride,
added color (Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5 and other color), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate,
ethoxyquin (a preservative), Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. A-4104
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Just a note if you decide to switch to kibble dog food; right behind these little toxic packets of food are ...Beneful, Alpo, Old Roy, Kibbles & Bits, Purina Dog Chow and Hills Science Diet.