I began to look at animals differently…she truly became even more my my “baby” each day.
Now let me backtrack into the day I decided to begin researching dog food with this baby in my life…
I was a physician recruiter and had to visit a hospital in a town in Texas where they have more cows per capital than anywhere else in the U.S. in order to utilize them for human consumption. I had several tours of this town and found out by the owners of several companies that it was no accident one of the largest dog food manufacturers is also here. (It is not Newmans own…bear with me)
At first that sounds good to you, doesnt’ it? That they must be using, for this other company, food grade meat in their dog food? Well, I personally, first hand, watched bull dozers pick up dying and dead cattle. I was proudly told how smart it was that THESE cows are then taken to the dog food plant. (remember, this is NOT Newman’s Own, it was what lead me to find Newman’s Own) (!) I had many conversations about this…no they dont find out what’s wrong with the cows. They are the cancerous, diseased, unhealthy cows that go into this other maker’s food. I was appalled. And yes, I was told how great it was because they buy them for nothing from the cattle company and no they aren’t supposed to…but they can and they were ever so proud.
Fast forward to a couple years ago with the dog food recall when pets were dying from diseased meat being in their food because of this very reason…cows with diseases so bad that it made pets die got into many brands of the cheap commerical dog foods.
The reason why Newman’s Own was one of a handful of companies who had no recall? They are one of the few companies that use FDA certified HUMAN GRADE meat. See label.
Yep, they are allowed to put things that are not allowed to be eaten by humans in most other dog foods…unless you find a company that uses food grade meat. Most people dont know this!
Better yet, Newmans’ own uses organic.
I’ll be honest, I dont use this food all the time. I learned about it from someone who shows Pomeranians and uses this because her dogs coats look better because it helps their health. I actually make a lot of my dog’s food after my day at the cattle plant that I unwittingly visited. But I am not always long on time and when I find myself there, I use these or a dry dog food that’s organic and human grade from Flint River Ranch, another company a vet told me about.
Okay so on to my studies for the past 5 years in dog health. This became fascinating to me…many vets found that many health related issues with dogs began (or multiplied) when commercial dog foods began being made for convenience. Think about it…not only are they suddenly not getting food grade food unless you buy something like Newman’s Own, but humans are told how bad processed food is, yet dogs eat the same thing each day, processed food. Many vets are on board to change this in spite of the fact that most veterinary schools are funded by the major dog food manufacturers…so…you figure that out…
(p.s. in the old days dogs got table scraps…but these table scraps were in the days before humans ate processed foods with artificial ingredients and preservatives…so dogs eating the meats and vegetables were healthier than today when we buy special food for them! But bear with me…Newman’s Own has changed all this!)
So anyhoo…the best place for info is to go to dog shows and ask about diet because health is studied here for coat and longevity and ease in litters etc when it’s thier living and life. I have yet to meet a champion who eats commercial dog food unless it’s organic with the balance of minerals,veg, good carbs, etc. like Newman’s Own. Many also do a raw diet with veg and brown rice.)
Many of the minerals needed in the commercial brands are actually added then baked out and many have cornmeal as the main ingredient because it’s cheapest…
if you look at the nutritional info on Newman’s own, even if you don’t care that it’s human grade and organic, you will see that the balance of protein, vitamin, minerals, etc is ALL the exact measure now studied by dog health experts as ideal. This is hard to find.
So, should you, too, have a dog that is a member of the family, my 5 years of research has led me to praise the Newman’s Own label (even for what I eat for myself in their other HUMAN grocery products!) and if you want to supplement this dog food with home cooked meals the best guide to curing your dog through a diet natural to what they need is Dr Pitcairn’s book of natural health for dogs and cats. (get the most recent edition if…
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