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pet food recall thoughts

All I can say after reading this article about the pet food recall is that I'm hugging one dog and three cats a little more closely this night. I don't feed any of the affected brands; but really this is just a wake-up call. Anything can be contaminated or diseased. I am blessed to have animals who have so far refused food that has gone bad. Good kitties! My policy is always to trust them: if they turn away from it, there is probably a good reason. Must remember always to pray before feeding them. I ask blessing on my own food. Why not on theirs?


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Mar. 22nd, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Fascinating thought. I wonder why we aren't in the habit of blessing our dog's food.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, this has been a scary time for pet owners. I think about 75% of my calls at work this week have been about the recall. From what I understand from the research I've done, it seems that the reason so many different brands are affected is because they all have their foods manufactured at this one huge manufacturing plant. It just took one batch of contaminated wheat gluton (though this is still under investigation) to affect a shit-ton of different products!

I'm so thankful that I've been insistent that my mom feed her animals high quality brands, as those brands are nowhere near being affected by the recall.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Actually Iams and Eukanuba (both had a few batches of canned food recalled) are very high quality. They were both recommended to us by two different vets we've had. I feed our dog (and our cat before she died) Iams dry food. We don't/didn't feed them any wet (canned) food though, so we're in the clear. But an accident can happen at ANY pet food manufacturing plant. Even the ones that make high quality brands. Those plants are manned by people after all, and people do make mistakes.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Well, working in a vet clinic myself, my opinion is that Iams, Eukanuba, and Nutro are definitely a step above crap like Pedigree and Ol' Roy...but they are also a small step below brands like Wellness, Innova, and the prescription Science Diets. They are generally recommended as an affordable good diet, but you can definitely do better as far as animal diets go -- if you're willing to pay the higher cost. I would call them good quality, but definitely not very high quality.

Uber-high quality brands like Wellness/Innova/prescriptionSD are not going to be produced at a huge manufacturing plant like that. Yes mistakes happen, but if it had happened at a private manufacturing plant that a company like Wellness would contract, we would not be facing the 50 brands of dog food and 40 brands of cat food being pulled off the shelves right now. It would be more contained.

(the reason I said that the higher quality brands are nowhere near being affected by this recall is because they do not have their products manufactured at the huge plant that almost everyone else seems to be using)
Mar. 22nd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I totally agree that we should bless our animal's food! As for the foods effected, they are all feed-grade kibbles. I think this just illustrates the point that we should be feeding kibbles or foods that are humane grade, e.g. fit for human consumtion.

There is a risk in anything-- in feeding raw meat, in feeding human grade kibble, but IMHO, less of a risk than if one were to feed feed grade kibbles.
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