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By-Products Equals Corporate Profits

Have you ever wondered what the heck by-products are?

The very name itself certainly leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Perhaps the most important question to ask is why are they in pet food, to begin with.

To answer this it is important to understand the evolution of modern day pet food.


A Brief History Of Pet Food

James Spratt created the first dog biscuit in 1860 after observing dogs eating hardtack on the docks in Liverpool, England.

The “Meat Fibrine Dog Cake” was a huge success in England.

Spratt’s biscuits hit the USA in the 1870’s

By the early 1900’s the commercial pet food industry had caught on and in 1907 F.H. Bennett created Milk Bone dog biscuits.

Canned horse meat sold as dog food became the next mass sold pet food product.

The 1930’s introduced canned cat food made up of primarily fish meat.

When WWII hit metal was in short supply which resulted in pet food makers transitioning to dry food.

By 1946 roughly 85% of all pet food sold was either dry kibble or biscuits.

Seeing an opportunity to cash in after WWII, large corporations such as Nabisco, General Foods, and Quaker Oats began selling pet food.

Furthermore, they all recognized the potential profit for marketing and selling by-products

Purina started using a new manufacturing process called extrusion in the 1950’s which further increased the growth rate.

The Pet Food Institute in 1964 began advocating for feeding processed food to pets instead of table food.


 By Products In Pet Food

AAFCO’s definition of Meat by-products is “the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs and shall be suitable for use in animal feed. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto.”

An example would be if the ingredient says beef by-products all the ingredients Must come from beef.

Now that you know the definition of by-product let’s look at the type of animals used in producing by-products.

4-D Meat comes from animals that arrive at slaughter Dead, Dying, Diseased, or Disabled.

It is legal and common practice to use 4-D meat in producing by-products for pet food.

Keep in mind there is varying degrees of by-products as well.

“Animal by-product” can be sourced from multiple species all categorized as 4-D.

Ultimately this is common practice with all commercial pet food brands.


Simple Economics

When increasing corporate profits are the primary goal acquiring the cheapest sources of “protein” possible is acceptable.

Similarly producing batches of food in bulk, laced with harmful chemical preservatives is an economical decision.

These corporate commercial companies would rather spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns instead of on quality ingredients.

Supporters will claim that these practices are what keep pet food “affordable” for the masses.

The truth is a lot of  people simply do not know what a “healthy” food is supposed to look like.

Pet parents are starting to realize however that all pet food is NOT created equally.

In fact, the specialty pet food industry has exploded in the last 10 years due in large part to the constant recalls.

Commercial pet food giants have countered with new packaging, and marketing yet the ingredients remain the same.

Animal by-products in dog food and cat food will remain as long as people continue to buy these foods.


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Profit Or Pet Health

What these “corporate suits” fail to realize is that companion animals are considered family by most pet parents.

Therefore pet parents are willing to spend a few extra dollars for a pet food that has high-quality ingredients.

Companion animals are worth every penny!

The truth about pet food is spreading fast and corporate profits will begin to reflect this as the years go on.

Voting with your dollars is the most effective way to send this message.

A companion animals health is priceless…

Those that would seek to profit from it deserve to be excluded from earning your business period!

Validating the use of these cheap, low-quality ingredients serve no one especially not your pet.

My advice…

Go to Dog Food Advisor and research the food you are feeding and look for a better food if necessary.

If you and your dog reversed roles he would go to the end of the earth to give you the best food possible.

Your cat…

Well, your cat might hire someone to go to the end of the earth but still it’s the effort that counts!

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P.S.  Would you like more info about the safest, freshest, pet food you can get your hands on?

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Patrick Harris


Pat’s Healthy Pets



“I can teach you how to enhance the lives of your pets and help you build a business around your passion for companion animals!”

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