Could dog and cat remains be in dozens of pet foods?

Are they turning man’s best friends into cannibals?

If you own a dog or cat — and if you’ve bent over backwards trying to feed them the most nutritious food you can find — you’re going to want to sit down for this one.

Because a research group has just discovered that some of our favorite brands of pet food may be loaded with ingredients and additives we’ve never been told about.

Including toxic fillers that can leave your beloved pet with cancer — and that may even contain remains from dead cats and dogs.

Dog eat dog? Not for my pet!
Take a trip down the pet food aisle at your local supermarket, and you’ll see for yourself that there’s a lot of junk out there. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go hungry myself than feed my border collie Django something that would make him sick.

But as carefully as I try to shop, I wasn’t just shocked by this latest research — I was horrified.

And absolutely disgusted.

Scientists from the Cornucopia Institute studied dozens of brands of popular pet food and their report may offer smoking-gun proof of something the industry’s been denying for years.

They may be feeding bits of cats and dogs to our beloved pets!

According to the institute’s report, even the FDA’s own data shows that residues of sodium pentobarbital, the drug commonly used to euthanize household pets, can be found in more than 30 different brands of food.

It’s the kind of thing that should have every pet owner grabbing pitchforks and storming the Capital. And it’s something that companies have been able to keep secret, too, because the high temperatures in the manufacturing process destroy DNA.

That means we haven’t been able to tell what’s really in the bag or can — until now.

And our government isn’t just looking the other way on what looks an awful lot like forced canine and feline cannibalism — they practically wrote the rule that allows it.

You know by now that I trust the FDA with our food supply about as much as I trust Mr. Magoo with my car. But when it comes to what the Feds allow us to feed our pets, the problem is even worse.

That’s because under FDA rules, meat from “diseased animals” or that is otherwise considered unfit for human consumption can still be packed into pet food. And it looks like that so-called “meat” may even come from those poor stray dogs and cats you see at your local animal shelter.

Be absolutely sure to avoid “meat meal,” “meat and bone meal” or “animal by-product meal.” Those are the ingredients that could potentially contain the remains of a dog or cat, along with the toxic chemical that was used to put them to sleep.

And even if your pet food doesn’t include these ingredients (and I sure hope it doesn’t) there are several others you’ll want to be on the lookout for.

These ingredients may not be as revolting as feeding pet remains to your pooch or cat, but they can cause everything from digestive problems to cancer. Here are five of the worst offenders that the Cornucopia Institute found:

  1. Carrageenan: This is a dangerous additive linked to stomach inflammation, intestinal lesions and even colon cancer. By far, it is the hardest ingredient to avoid in canned food, as it can even be found in many organic and “natural” brands.
  2. Synthetic preservatives: These include BHA and BHT, propyl gallate, propylene glycol and ethoxyquin, an especially dangerous preservative made by Monsanto.
  3. Rendered meat byproducts: This ingredient is unofficially called the “four Ds” — dead, diseased, disabled or dying. Need I say more?
  4. Food dyes: These artificial colorings can cause allergies and a wide variety of tumors.
  5. Pea protein meal: This cheap way to boost protein content can be easily contaminated, as most all companies that make pea protein are located in China.

Let’s not waste another day expecting our government to help keep Fido or Fluffy safe. To see the Cornucopia Institute’s guide to buying dog and cat food, click here.

And to read the entire report, click here.

Sources:

“New report exposes dangerous/unhealthy pet food” November 18, 2015, The Cornucopia Institute, cornucopia.org