Commercial Pet Food Risks

From the 1980s onwards, pet food market trends demanded less canned food but more dry food instead. Through research, it was discovered that dry food caused less gum disease than a soft diet of dog food that was canned. Generally speaking, as the public grew more health-conscious, they became more interested in healthy, nutritious and scientifically formulated foods for pets. These scientifically formulated foods included foods designed for specific health problems in pets, such as for urinary problems as well as weight loss and life-cycle foods for younger as well as elderly pets.

Producers of pet foods were now less inclined to add tallow and fatty tissue, but more inclined to add tissue that was protein rich. Lastly, the pet snack market became far more popular and included dog biscuits, kibbles (biscuit pieces), jerky-type snacks as well as snacks that were sausage-shaped.

Terms like “holistic”, “natural” and “organic” are often freely displayed on packages in pet stores as well as grocery stores. These terms try to suggest that the foods labelled this way are healthier than those that are not. Neither organic foods nor natural foods are incontrovertibly healthier than regular foods. There are no claims made by the USDA stating that food that is produced organically is more nutritious or safer than regularly produced food.

It is in the way organically produced food is grown, processed and handled that makes it different from food that is produced the conventional way. Pet food that is labelled with the terms holistic and/or natural or organic have become more and more popular. However, when trying to make a decision over which is the best food for your pet, these terms can be confusing or even misleading.

There are a large variety of different pet foods available in almost all countries as you can see at www.petvetsonline.org. Although most of the foods that are on the market are very similar, possibly dangerous or bad quality ingredients are not used by all of the companies manufacturing pet food.

Many owners were made to think again about the foods they were allowing their pets to eat after a supplier in China had spiked wheat gluten illegally but intentionally (a type of protein used in commercial pet foods), to increase the protein content which resulted in a case of pet food that was poisoned.

Three product categories are used in the EU to regulate pet food manufacturing. They are additives, animal origin materials as well as non-animal origin materials. Pet food manufacturers have to be either approved or registered by the relevant authorities in their countries depending on what they manufacture.

Due to growth in pet populations, demand for pet food is increasing because owners are offering pet food that is processed in place of scraps from the table. There are many owners of pets that are upgrading to foods that are high-end. People in developed markets are increasingly accrediting eating habits of humans to their pets, which has resulted in higher-calorie as well as more fancier pet meals.

Concurrently, pet obesity has caused an increase in weight-loss meal sales and organic as well as natural pet food sales are increasing too.

We realise the difficulty in finding pet foods for pets suffering intolerances as well as allergic reactions. However, these allergic reactions to foods are mostly caused by wheat and corn used as fillers in commercial pet foods that are highly processed.