You Would NEVER Eat This, So Why Are You Feeding It To Your Pets?!

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What are by-products, and why are is there so much contention about them? Does the content of your pet’s food even matter?

“By-products” is a wiggle word used by food companies to hide all of the ingredients in their food. In order to increase the amount of food and keep costs disgustingly low, by-products take the place of actual meat and protein that’s good for your pet. The items that make up by-products are deemed unfit for human consumption—not just because of what they are but also because of how they’re handled (livers, for example, are okay for humans to eat, so long as they’re tossed in the fridge right away. When making pet food, refrigeration like this is not a required step).


You could potentially find a whole boat load of ingredients in animal by-products, from the whacky to the just disgusting, including

  • Livers
  • Heads
  • Road kill
  • Dead animals donated by zoos
  • Intestines
  • Brains
  • Spleens
  • Undeveloped eggs
  • Livestock that died from disease
  • Euthanized pets or shelter animals

Basically, animal by-products are what’s left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. Things that YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO EAT.

Why does it matter? Well, chances are good that you wouldn’t want to eat food that could contain euthanized shelter animals. So why would you take a chance when feeding your pet?

“How do I avoid giving waste to my pet?”

Not every food tacked with the label “by-product” is bad, and there’s an easy way to identify which ones are.

Carefully read the packaging of your pet’s food. Does it have any of these vague terms?

  • “Meat meal”
  • “Meat and bone meal”
  • “Meat by-product meal”
  • “Animal by-product meal”

If your pet’s food label doesn’t identify the type of meat it came from, stay away! As your mother may have told you when you were a kid, “You don’t know where that thing’s been!”

Alternatively, labels that identify the type of meat used (e.g. “chicken by-product meal” or “beef by-product meal”) are better options for your pet, although you should try your best to avoid any by-product in your pet’s food. The price is a bit higher, but the benefits are monumental.

Original Article from The Animal Rescue Site

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