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Pet demand for chickens

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Old April 5th 11, 07:25 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.misc
Jo Wolf
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Default Pet demand for chickens

Except that the "precious pets" site is being selective in what they
describe. Which shows-tuh-go-yuh that none of you have read the
official descriptions..... or paid close attention to labels of pet

(animal species) by-products are what the site is claiming are the sole
parts of the animal used in pet food. The single word naming a
species.... such as "beef".... means raw muscle, as it comes from the
animal. Not usually human grade, but real meat, with it's normal water
content. "Animal digest" can be about any parts of multiple animals
rendered (boiled) until it's mush.... can, indeed, include road kill,
tumors, euthanized animals. If a specific animal name is used with the
word digest it allegedly means digest of all parts of animal of that
species or group os species (chicken, poultry). (Animal species) meal
means dehydrated muscle of the specified animal. Pet foods in the
supermarket, those brands that advertise a lot in the common media (tv,
radio, newspapers, popular magazines).... the brand names you all know
and love, plus store brands and stuff that sells for $2 for 20 lbs....
contain very little animal protein, and depend on grains, and sometimes
soy, to make up the majority of the protein contained. The problem
being that dogs and cats don't digest grains completely to be able to
absorb that protein. The animal protein in these products is of very
low quality. Dogs often are sensitive or allergic to corn, wheat, soy,
and the dyes added to please human sensibilities.

Premium pet foods, however, often use human grade (not "choice", of
course, but still within human rating) animal protein, often from more
than one species, often a combination of fresh and meal. A few claim to
have organic meats.

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com displays contents of many dog foods, and
discusses the reletive mertis of many of those, using both objective and
subjective criteria in a 1-6 star rating system. The 4 to 6 star
ratings products probably do cause the deaths of some poultry species,
lambs, deer, buffalo/bison, and fish. This group of dog foods often
include No grains, and do not include corn, wheat, soy, if they do
include grains.

Get over it. Dogs are not obligate carnivores, do get limited benefit
grom grains, and from vegetables and fruit, but need a significant
proportion of animal protein for health. Cats, on the other hand, are
obligate carnivores, get no benefit from grains and vegetables, and Must
have a diet high in animal protein for health.

Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia


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