What is By-Products in dog food labels?

If you have a weak system, visit another page or ask a pal to read this for you. What I am about to carve up with you, is not so fancy and yummy in your dog food. Now let’s take a closer look at the fancy commercial label in dog food. Your key word is By-Products plus the 4 Ds.

Well, today is just about sharing important knowledge, so let’s get started. Here is something you can do for your best friend. Go to the pantry and haul out your pet’s dog food dry or wet. Turn the bag or can around and let’s look at the ingredients. Ingredients are always listed in descending order of predominance by weight which means that the ingredient that weighs the most is listed first, and the ingredient that weighs the least is listed last. Look for the words “By-Products” or “Meal”. Do you see it?

So what Exactly Are Animal By-Products?

Basically, animal by-products are what are left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. They include the waste of meat processing not intended for human consumption. For example…
Feet
Backs
Livers
Lungs
Heads
Brains
Spleen
Frames
Kidneys
Stomachs
Intestines
Undeveloped eggs

It gets worse! Have you ever heard of the 4 Ds? These are animals that are Dead, Dying, Disabled or Diseased. Guess where these guys go? You got it! Dog Food. Bad news is that they start off with really bad stuff and cook it (rendering) for quite a long time. This concentrates the protein. So a higher protein mush that cost less than real meat is a great combination for making dog good and big profits, for the manufactures anyway. The rendering process destroys the bacteria, but it does not eliminate the endotoxins bacteria release when they die.

These endotoxin, which can cause sickness and disease, are not tested for by pet food manufacturers.When all this comes to the rendering plant, it’s put in a huge vat and shredded.Then it’s cooked at 220 to 270 degrees for 20 to 60 minutes. After it cools, the grease is skimmed off the top. This is “animal fat.” The rest is pressed and dried. This is “meat and bone meal.”Dogs wouldn’t eat this stuff in the wild, so why will they eat it out of their bowls? Their noses are tricked by the smell of it. The smell of animal fats for dogs and fish oil for cats is sprayed on the dry, bland kibble bits to make them appetizing. These flavors usually come from rendered restaurant grease, animal fat, or other oils unfit for human consumption. Huge conglomerates use pet food companies as a cheap, and even profitable, way of disposing of the waste from their human food companies.

There are two ways to label these by products.
Brand by-product meals
Generic by-product meals

Brand by-product meals have one thing in common. They all clearly identify the source species of the by-products that was used to make the meal.

These common pet food ingredients can include…
Chicken by-product meal
Turkey by-product meal
Poultry by-product meal
Beef by-product meal

And although Brand by-product meals may not be considered the highest quality ingredients, they can be considered acceptable by the manufacturers.

The One Type You Must Never Trust

On the other hand, generic by-product meals do not identify the source of the meat. Instead, they use vague and non-specific names like…
Meat meal
Meat and bone meal
Meat by-product meal
Animal by-product meal

What’s more, generic meat meals can also contain…
Road kill
Dead zoo animals
Dead on arrival poultry (The 4 Ds)
Diseased and dying livestock
Euthanized pets from animal shelters

what to do? First, watch what you spend. Never pay top dollar for any dog food that lists animal by-products on its label. Do what you can. Some of us can cook for our dogs, others can’t. Knowing what you know now, try to pick the best choice. If you can afford it, chicken meat and organs such as hearts or gizzards and Jack Mackerel make excellent proteins. Add fresh veggies. Or, if you can’t just read the label and get the best you can.

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