Is it any wonder Pet Owners are Suspicious? – Truth about Pet Food

Cardiologists and nutritionists” are making suspicious pet food recommendations to “protect your dog” from diet related heart disease. Are their recommendations bias, or do they just not have a clue?

The website states: “The cardiologists and nutritionists who uncovered the taurine-DCM connection have been unanimous in their assessment that the best way to get your dog out of danger in this situation, and to protect your dog from future problems like this, is to buy your food from a company that has shown a commitment to doing regular nutrition research and that has the ability to catch these kinds of problems before they get so serious.

The brands of pet food the “cardiologists and nutritionists” recommend pet owners to provide their pet – to “protect your dog” – is:

Purina (most formulas)
Hills (Science Diet)
Royal Canin

The DCM website claims they recommend these brands because the pet food company:

  • employs at least one full-time nutritionist;
  • does not release a formula without testing and trialing that formula using the feed trial protocols established by the AAFCO;
  • should do a huge amount of quality testing;
  • The company should manufacture the diet themselves, so it can control the ingredients and quality;
  • And the company should subject its diets to peer-reviewed scientific research, and be able to back up any of its claims with data that is available to the public.

Now that we have the “cardiologists and nutritionists” official criteria for selecting a dog food that will “protect your dog“…let’s look at facts they are ignoring.

Cardiologists and Nutritionists recommended safe pet food #1 – Purina

In a FDA investigation into Purina Pet Foods Beneful brand, the FDA found during inspection ‘above the allowable level’ of cyanuric acid and melamine in 2013 testing of Beneful. Cynauric acid and melamine are the deadly combination responsible for the largest and deadliest pet food recall in history (2007). There was no recall even though test results are evidence to 6 Purina Beneful pet food adulterations.

Six samples collected contained ethoxyquin; however, the additive was not indicated on the product labeling.” Pet food companies are required by regulation to list ALL ingredients on a pet food label. Purina ignored that regulation.

During this inspection, Purina told FDA they perform “routine contamination analysis“. BUT…Purina refused to disclose to FDA exactly what routine testing was performed; the FDA inspection report states Purina “would not describe this analysis since the method is classified at the firm as proprietary information.

During inspection, “Per a refusal from Nestle Purina, the manufacturing facility was unable to provide the actual content or weights of individual ingredients that went into the implicated lots.

Perhaps the “cardiologists and nutritionists” blindly recommending Purina should visit the link on the FDA website to learn more information about Purina. Click Here to read the information from FDA.

And with the “cardiologists and nutritionists” requirement that a safe pet food manufacture their own food to “control the ingredients and quality“, perhaps a reminder is needed that owning the manufacturing facility is NO guarantee to safety. “Cardiologists and nutritionists” recommending Purina must have missed this recent Purina recall for putting a cat food into the marketplace that contained plastic pieces.

Cardiologists and Nutritionists recommended safe pet food #2 – Hill’s Science Diet

We don’t need to look very far to find another “cardiologists and nutritionists” requirement of a safe pet food to “protect your dog” being ignored; serious violations with lack of “a huge amount of quality testing” in Hill’s.

On January 31, 2019, Hill’s announced a excess Vitamin D recall – proving the company did not perform “a huge amount of quality testing” on incoming ingredients (Vitamin premix) or the finished pet foods put into the marketplace that resulted in many pet deaths.

Further, Hill’s announced another excess Vitamin D recall 7 weeks after the initial recall – again evidencing Hill’s lack of “a huge amount of quality testing” and proper investigation/tracing of the toxic excess Vitamin D.

Cardiologists and Nutritionists recommended safe pet food #3 and #4 – Royal Canin and Eukanuba

Royal Canin and Eukanuba brands are Mars Petcare brands. In 2017, FDA performed an inspection at a Mars Petcare manufacturing facility as follow up to a 2016 Mars Petcare Cesar dog food recall. This recall was due to plastic pieces being discovered in the pet food by a consumer. In other words, we again have evidence that a “cardiologists and nutritionists” recommended pet food DID NOT perform “a huge amount of quality testing“.

During the 2017 FDA inspection, the agency “Inspectional Observations” stated this about Mars Petcare:

Inspectional Observations
1. Failure to inspect, segregate, or otherwise handle raw materials and ingredients used in manufacturing under conditions that will protect the animal food against contamination and minimize deterioration.

2. Failure to take effective measures to exclude pests from your plant and protect against contamination of animal food by pests.

During the previous FDA inspection of this Mars pet food plant (9 months earlier – October 2016), the FDA investigator “reviewed the firm’s pest control deviations – most notably the firm’s German cockroach infestation (which is most prominent on production lines).”

In fact, Freedom of Information Act request documents evidenced a serious roach infestation of this “cardiologists and nutritionists” recommended pet food company to “protect your dog“. From a Mars Petcare “Pest Sighting Log” maintained by the pet food manufacturer, “Millions of Roaches” was noted on 12/13/2017.

What’s up docs?

Why are “cardiologists and nutritionists” ignoring the documented facts about Purina, Hill’s and Mars?

We don’t know why, we can only make assumptions. And none of those assumptions are good.

A word to the “cardiologists and nutritionists” giving uninformed advice to pet owners: if you want us to take you seriously, learn ALL of the facts about the pet foods you recommend.

FDA provided evidence proves that a pet food is NOT guaranteed to “protect” our dogs and cats by having a nutritionist on staff, by owning their own manufacturing facility, and blindly believing the company performs “a huge amount of quality testing.”

Cardiologists and Nutritionists, what you are currently doing to desperate pet owners is WRONG. Have you forgotten your oath?

And by the way, Purina sells grain free dog foods with the exact same exotic protein ingredients as well as multiple pea ingredients “cardiologists and nutritionists” warn against in other brands. Hill’s sells grain free dog food with multiple pea ingredients. And Mars is selling grain free pet foods with multiple pea ingredients too.

The “cardiologists and nutritionists” should be ashamed.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
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