It would seem some of our animal loving celebs are jumping on the pet food bandwagon.
Having read what they are putting their names to I have to ask if they REALLY have any clue what they are talking about.
Lets just clarify what fillers are in animal feed.
Fillers and grains used in lower-quality dog foods consist of corn, brewers rice, beet pulp, feathers, and cotton hulls often have little nutritional value for your pet and some are only used to hold the dry kibble together or to
help your dog feel fuller, thus less hungry (think ‘diet’ foods). The following is a partial list of the grains and filler definitions used in the pet food industry today according to the American Association of Feed Control Officials.
Corn: Unspecified corn product.
Corn Gluten Meal: The dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or
by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.
Brewer’s Rice: The dried extracted residue of rice resulting from the manufacture of wort (liquid portion of malted grain) or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.
Beet Pulp: The dried residue from sugar beets.
Chicken Meal has been rendered twice (cooked), losing almost all valuable nutritional value. Meal may also contain a majority of bone, and may not have any meat content at all.
So onward to 2 foods that have recently caught my attention….
The first is Halopets dry food: http://shop.halopets.com/Dry-Dog
Advertised as :
- Highest quality protein: Whole meat, vegetables and whole grains
- No by-products, no rendered meats, and no meals that can irritate digestive tracts
- Helps keep teeth clean and strong, helps maintain body tone and lean muscle mass
- 95% digestibility: higher nutritional absorption
- Naturally rich source of key amino acids to help preserve heart and eye health
- High protein, low carb formula meets the needs of senior dogs
A pretty accurate description all in all.
Ingredients: Chicken, Whole Dried Eggs, Pea Protein, Oats, Vegetable Broth, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Pea Flour, Chicken Liver, Wild Salmon, Flaxseed, Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Pea Fiber, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Green Beans, Carrots, Cranberries, Zucchini, Alfalfa, Inulin, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Folic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Enterococcous Faecium, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Sodium Selenite.
Crude Protein – 28.0% Min
Crude Fat – 16.0% Min
Crude Fiber – 6.5% Max
Moisture – 10.0% Max
Omega 6 Fatty Acids – 3.0% Min*
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – .48% Min*
Taurine – 0.1% Min*
Lactobacillus Acidophilus – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
Bifidobacterium Longum – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
Lactobacillus Plantarum – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
Enterococcous Faecium – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles
All in all an expensive, but not a bad food at all IMHO. The only grains being oats and barley.
Would I buy this for my dogs? errr maybe…at a push… but it is pricey.
The second food I want to address is NUTRISH Dry Dog food.
Advertised as :
Upon reading the ingredients I see CHICKEN MEAL, BREWERS RICE, Corn Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Corn Gluten Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp. According to AAFCO ALL of these are FILLERS.
The ingredients are :
Beef, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Corn Gluten Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dehydrated Alfalfa, Dried Peas, Dried Tomatoes, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Olive Oil, Iron Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Dried Parsley, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Mixed Tocopherols, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Folic Acid
SO my question is… AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE ? or is NUTRISH the same food as any other cheap Supermarket brand, with just a little less filler?
I contacted the makers of NUTRISH and asked about the fillers/ no fillers dilema, by both email and phone, I did not get a satisfactory answer from the CS rep, and was told they would answer my email when they got round to it as they are busy.
Would I by this food for my pets…. NO
I home cook for my two elderly dogs, and am convinced,beyond a doubt that home cooking has very possibly extended their lives. Roth suffers from LP, Bear has cushings disease, since going over to home cooked food a couple of years ago, (just before Bear was first diagnosed, but was already showing signs of cushings) I have seen Roths LP attacks decrease, and with medication BEAR has improved and lived beyond the 2 year limit between diagnosis and death.
Home cooking is the way to go.