What is in your dogs Kibble

Paying premium prices? think your food is mostly meat?

Are you really better off paying higher prices for “premium” kibble?, Do you think that because meat (chicken, beef, salmon etc) is listed first on the ingredient list that the food is mostly meat?

I came across a CBC “Doc Zone” T.V. show a while back entitled “A dog’s Breakfast”.  The show interviews Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, who formerly worked for a large pet food manufacturer, and also owned her own Vet practice.

In the Video Dr Hodgkins goes into detail about the 2007 “Menu foods” recall where tens of thousands of pets got sick or died from contaminated wheat gluten.  The gluten was poisoned with melamine which is used in making plastic. The facility (located in Toronto) blamed for the 2007 recall also manufactures over 100 different brand names, but uses the same ingredients in the premium kibble as it does the low cost kibble.  So your $100 bag of kibble has the same “chicken” in it as the $50 bag! So what makes your expensive kibble worth the extra price? Watch the video and find out!  You will be shocked at what you see!

Dr. Hodgkins also makes her own homemade kibble, using fish heads, chicken heads and necks, and LOTS and LOTS of wheat, corn, and other useless fibers and fillers!  Although I am not against the use of the chicken heads or fish heads in the food.  (My two duck Tollers eat full chickens, heads, feet and necks all the time, they also get whole ground Salmon)  I am however against the way it is all processed together and then cooked! Cooking removes most of the nutritional value from the raw food, which is proven when she adds a vitamin supplement to replace those lost during cooking.  She also adds wheat gluten, corn gluten and corn meal.  All of the wheat and corn products weigh more then the meat content, so even though the “meat” is listed first on  the ingredient list, it is not the main ingredient!

The most shocking segment during this show, is the “old boot” dog food.  Dr. Hodgkins makes dog food out of a few old works boots (protein), used crank case oil (Fat), and Saw dust (fiber).  The inedible “food” is then sent off to a lab for analysis, and it meets the three main requirements for pet food, protein, fat and fiber.  Proving her point that pet food manufacturers need stricter regulations, and an agency to be accountable to, it also proves that you really don’t know what goes into your pets food!

All credit for the video goes to CBC and “Doc Zone” for production and I make no claim that any of this material is mine, it is all owned by CBC.


You will have to view the video on another page, here is the link