Salmonella and other concerns

Recently, the FDA has released a video focusing on another major threat in commercial pet food: Salmonella bacterial contamination. They also cite other major toxins of concern.[32] The video references the case of a specific commercial pet food plant that was also the subject of a March 2014 study published in the Journal of the […]

Expensive dog foods

Dog food is food specifically formulated and intended for consumption by dogs and other related canines. Like all carnivores, dogs have sharp, pointed teeth, and have short gastrointestinal tracts better suited for the consumption of meat than of vegetable substances. In spite of this natural carnivorous design, dogs have still managed to adapt over thousands […]

Freeze-dried dog food

It was not until the mid-1800s that the world saw its first food made specifically for dogs. An American electrician, James Spratt, concocted the first dog treat. Living in London at the time, he witnessed dogs around a shipyard eating scraps of discarded biscuits. Shortly thereafter he introduced his dog food, made up of wheat […]

Wet food

In France, the word pâtée began to appear in the 18th century and referred to a paste originally given to poultry. In 1756, a dictionary indicates it was made of a mixture of bread crumbs and little pieces of meat given to pets.[5] In 1781, an encyclopedia mentioned an earlier practice of removing the liver, […]

Dry food

Dry food is both convenient and typically inexpensive, with over $8 billion worth being sold in 2010 – a 50% increase over just seven years earlier.[50] Dry food processing is popular in the pet food industry as it is an efficient way to supply continuous production of feed in various variety as it is energy […]

Wet food

Wet or canned dog food is significantly higher in moisture than dry or semi-moist food.[53] Canned food is commercially sterile (cooked during canning); other wet foods may not be sterile. Sterilizing is done through the process of retorting.[54] A given wet food will often be higher in protein or fat compared to a similar kibble […]

Dry food

Dehydrated or freeze-dried comes in raw and cooked form. Products are usually air dried or frozen, then dehydrated (freeze-dried) to reduce moisture to the level where bacterial growths are inhibited. The appearance is very similar to dry kibbles. The typical feeding methods include adding warm water before serving. There is some concern of nutrients, such […]

Food Protection

Expensive dog foods may be made of ingredients suitable for organic products or free range meats. Lamb meal is a popular ingredient. Ingredients must be listed by amount in descending order. According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), animal by-products in pet food may include parts obtained from any animals which have […]

Salmonella and other concerns

Being common causes of these allergic reactions.[19][20] A number of “novel protein” dog foods are available that claim to alleviate such allergies in dogs.[21] Hypoallergenic diets for dogs with food allergies consist of either limited ingredients,[22] novel proteins,[19] or hydrolyzed proteins.[23] Limited ingredients make it possible to identify the suspected allergens causing these allergic reactions, […]

Allergic reactions

Since 1993, the FDA has confirmed concerns of toxins in feed grade (animal grade) ingredients, yet to date no comprehensive federal regulation exists on mycotoxin testing in feed grade (animal grade) ingredients used to make pet food.[42] In 1997, the journal of Food Additives and Contaminants established that low levels of various mycotoxins could cause […]