Yesterday I got started on this dog food recall and lawsuit thing then decided I wanted to look more at what Purina makes. What is really scary is they make Veterinary diets that must be prescribed by a Vet! I told you before that Veterinarians are like doctors-they are not trained well in diet so forgive them but beware! Here is a vet prescribed diet I found that would cost you $30.00 for a case of 12 cans…..Purina Pro Plan Veterinary diets EN gastroenteric formula canned foodMeat by-products (slaughter house waste), water sufficient for processing(means they will have to add thickners and gel making stuff), barley, rice, liver, chicken, soy protein isolate, glycerin, medium-chain triglyceride vegetable oil, guar gum (there is that thickner!), inulin, calcium sulfate, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, added color and vitamins to follow remainder of list. This is how it is described “high digestibility, moderate fat, added zinc, low fiber and more”. Sure rice is gentle but they put soy in this. Dogs do not eat soy. If you want to know why soy is bad-type in Mercola.com and look up soy in dog food. This veterinarian is right on when it comes to diet. Oh and did you see they added color so you nor your dog would throw up when you open the can! For this price and the needing of a vet prescription don’t you expect more? I guess it is no worse than this brand they make and at least chicken is the first ingredient-Purina pro plan- Chicken, brewers rice, whole grain wheat, poultry by-product meal (this means there is a lot of chicken feet and bones in it)(natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), whole grain corn, soy flakes, soybean meal(as if soy flakes were not enough!) and the list goes on. How does this compare to another canned food they make without prescription for sensitive stomach and skin? Lets look…….Purina Pro Plan select adult classic sensitive skin and stomach salmon and rice entree canned food.- Water sufficient for processing (the very first ingredient should not be water, be worried), salmon, rice, fish, potato protein, corn oil, carrots, potassium chloride, carrageenan, locust bean gum (remember all the water now they have to thicken it up), xanthan gum, guar gum, and rest is vitamins added. Remember what I said about carrageenan? It is a thickener additive with problems in causing stomach issues besides making them sick in the end.
Here it is straight from WIKIPEDIA—Carrageenan has undergone many long-term dietary studies under defined regulatory conditions en route to its current global regulatory status. While some indicate that carrageenan safely passes through rat GI tracts without adverse effect when it is a dietary ingredient, other animal dietary studies have observed colitis-like disease and tumour promotion. In the late 2000s, some scientists raised concerns about whether the amount of “degraded carrageenan” (poligeenan) in food-grade carrageenan may lead to health problems, leading to a debate in the research literature. It has yet to be determined whether such observations are pertinent to dietary safety considerations. This is for humans! It is worse for animals especially cats. So why is a pet food company putting carrageenan in a food for sensitive stomachs? I just made my point!
Read your ingredients! That includes what the Vet has in their office which most times is the worst. If it does not look right instead of spending money on crappy food go spend your money on a veterinarian nutritionist. Ask your vet for one or google it with your zip code. Just as with your health, do not put your health or your pets health in a manufacturers hands. READ, READ, READ.
Okay I will stop the tirade!
Be well my friends