We need to really be more careful about what we’re giving to our pets!
This turned into a longer article than originally intended, as I started to analyze the listed ingredients in the top selling “probiotics” type product I found on Amazon.com
I read the ingredients and was disgusted.
I personally think that this is just one example of many where our pets and us are getting shafted by the big pet food corps that are trying to sell us as much crap as possible to generate easy profits.
It’s really not much different than all the processed foods being sold and all the corners that are being cut in order for them to produce cheap food that is easy to sell and has a huge profit margin.
That’s why I am a fanatical ingredients label reader. I must know what is in the food!
So today I saw this best selling pet health product on amazon that described itself as:
“Purina FortiFlora Canine Nutritional Supplement contains the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your dog’s digestive system to help manage and shorten episodes of diarrhea. Common causes of diarrhea for dogs and puppies include food changes, antibiotic therapy, and environmental stress.”
I had to take a closer look at it. I first started by looking at the ingredients which are in a photo at the product page on amazon:
Purina Veterinary Diets Fortiflora Canine, 30 Sachets Per Box
If you look at the label and study the ingredients you will see the shitty ingredients.
I do not see where the “flora” are in the ingredients… They say in their description: ”
- Contains a guaranteed amount of live active cultures”
OK – let’s analyze the ingredients - it’s a top selling high volume product and apparently a LOT of pet owners are feeding their pets this product where the FIRST INGREDIENT LISTED IS: ANIMAL DIGEST
ANIMAL DIGEST….. hmmmm…. is that like “NATURAL FLAVORS”???
What the hell is that? I looked it up and according to wikipedia it’s garbage from animal remains that have not yet undergone “decomposition”.
“Animal digest is a common ingredient used in pet foods. As defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, digest is produced by the chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean animal tissue that has not undergone decomposition. These animal tissues may not include hair, horns, teeth, hooves, and feathers, with the exclusion of trace amounts that are unavoidable even after acceptable processing methods.
According to the FDA, a digest is an additive that has been treated with heat, enzymes, or also acids to produce a concentrated product intended as a natural flavoring. Pet food may legally be labelled as “Chicken Flavored” regardless of the percentage of chicken-derived product it contains, so long as the chicken flavoring is deemed “perceptible.”
If a product is labeled as “flavored” by a certain type of meat, the digest it contains must have been produced from tissues pertaining to the listed animal species. Chicken flavored food must be flavored with chicken digest.“
Now – I don’t know about you – but I would not want to give my beloved pet animal parts leftovers – possibly rotting. I don’t care HOW MUCH they treat ANIMAL PARTS with ACID – it’s CRAP and it’s the FIRST INGREDIENT LISTED on this probiotics type health product for dogs.
ANIMAL DIGEST is the FIRST INGREDIENT of a “probiotic flora” product they describe as “beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your dog’s digestive system”
Is it just me or is that a WAR CRIME?
If you want your dog to have better digeston you don’t necessarily want extra ingredients like ground up animal parts that haven’t quite decomposed yet.
Me – I would think a few strains of probiotics would be what the pet needs – not a highly processed packet of animal digest powder.
But then again – this is the kind of thing you’d expect from the big pet food companies who are out to make the most profit on a mass scale with the highest margin.
Grinding up shit that humans can’t be fed and making it into a meal/powder that they sell as an ingredient for pets – to me that’s despicable.
Also – calling it ANIMAL DIGEST in the ingredients HIDES what they have processed and what chemicals they used to process.
Recently my neighbors horse was put to sleep because it had a fast growing cancer tumor. It was put to sleep on a hot Friday and it’s smelly body laid there out in the street in 90 degree + temps until a few days later on a Monday morning when it was picked up.
It smelled awful. It was truly disgusting to se the dead horse much less smell it for days until it was picked up.
The spot where it laid still smells rancid – several weeks after that.
Now what I want to know – is it possible for a horse like that to end up at a meat factory and it’s parts treated to be used and called ANIMAL DIGEST?
I’ve seen a meat factory where they bring in truck loads of dead animals – all kinds – and who knows what they end up in…
ANIMAL DIGEST could be any kind of animal. It could be sick animals. Animals with horns. Who knows…. I find this possibility very disturbing.
What governing agencies are protecting us consumers?
They’re making it too easy for the companies to grind up their animal parts and package that crap as food and health products and hide what the ingredients really are.
So back to the ingredients…
The fact that ANIMAL DIGEST is the first ingredient listed also shows it is the DOMINANT INGREDIENT in the packets. Not the FLORA part.
That expensive powder pack is mostly ground up animal parts. That is why the protein is so high.
If that’s not enough – among the other garbage listed in the ingredients (imagine what is NOT listed) is BREWERS YEAST.
What is BREWERS YEAST doing in a pet product?
They use this crap to make beer. It’s a YEAST. I don’t want my pets getting MORE YEAST – I want them to get LESS YEAST.
I mean IF you are giving your dogs PROBIOTICS there is a good chance you are doing it because they have health issues and my guess it is related to YEAST, MOLD AND FUNGUS.
In particlular the problem is somehow related to MYCOTOXINS (which is what happens to yeast when beer or alcohol is made).
Why include BREWERS YEAST? I will not consume any products that has YEAST listed.
Here is a quote from Doug Kaufmann about brewers yeast as it applies to humans and his antifungal phase 1 diet:
“There are mixed reports regarding the consumption of mushrooms, brewer’s yeast, and kombucha tea. While some studies report their nutritive qualities, other studies speak to their risks. We always monitor the latest research, and our current conclusion is that when one is dealing with fungal issues, it is wise to remove anything from our diets that has fungal components. Therefore, we avoid consuming mushrooms, kombucha, brewer’s yeast, and the like.”
OK next we have the ingredient enterococcus faecium which wikipedia says “may also be pathogenic, causing diseases such as neonatal meningitis or endocarditis.”
By the way, according to Merriam Webster the definition of pathonegenic is:
causing or capable of causing disease
Not exactly a vote of confidence.
I think enterococcus faecium is the ONLY active “probiotic” flora type ingredient that makes this product do it’s thing as no other strains are listed in the ingredients - but me personally I would prefer NOT to give my pet something that was potentially pathogenic.
So where are all the live organisms?
There are no other strains of probiotics on the ingredients label other than enterococcus faecium – so I can assume it was just that single possibly pathogenic ingredient that they refer to as “beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your dog’s digestive system”.
So – if you asked me – this popular bestselling pet product is NOT something I would feel good about giving to my pet.
Simply the excessive ANIMAL DIGEST ingredient makes me feel bad about this.
Consumers need to rise up and insist these big pet food companies stop from hiding stuff in processed ingredients and stop using cheap worse than pet grade ingredients.
I’m sick of big companies selling us moldy grains and garbage ingredients – especially when the food is intended just for pets.
As it is they use all the moldy grains they can’t use for human food and put them in feeds for animals and even pet foods. That in itself is a crime.
We need to be more aware of what the ingredients are and how the food is processed – both for human grade and pet grade.
People are getting hip to what the ingredients are in the foods we give our pets. Especially with all the pet food recalls and contaminants (poison) being found in the stuff sold for pets, people are being more careful.
Now – I am not saying this Purina Veterinary Diets Fortiflora Canine product is going to harm your pet or kill it or not even work as intended – I am just saying that me personally – when I read the ingredients I am sickened by what I see and I could never give it to my own pets.
That said – it’s interesting to see the variety of reviews on amazon for this product. It does get some good reviews. It also gets some really bad ones.
So – if nothing else I hope this has made you aware that looking at and understanding the ingredients is very important – especially with pet products. We can’t just blindly trust that the corporations care as much as we do about what our pets eat.