It is more than frustrating to read another story on the Internet telling pet food consumers that cheap pet food is the way to feed your dog or cat. Even worse when a veterinarian jumps on board the cheap pet food wagon. Here’s one that is sure to frustrate many of you out there in educated pet food consumer world.
The title sent a red flag up to many of you out there (I received this post from several readers) – “Does Your Dog Need Expensive Pet Food?“ And yes, the article (and video) was full of misleading and inaccurate information including misinformed chatter from a veterinarian.
The story is basically a regurgitated post of Consumer Affairs pet food advice of the past few years. Advising pet food consumers that cheap dog food/pet food is perfectly fine for your pet.
Ugh…those that don’t have a clue about the regulations of pet food should not be giving advice.
The following message was sent to Money Talks News via their contact form…
Your recent story – “Does Your Dog Need Expensive Pet Food?” was full of incorrect and misleading statements. “Complete breakdown of the dog food aisle”? No, this is not even close.
The veterinarian you featured in your story is one of a dying breed. Old school veterinarians that cannot comprehend the simple fact that quality nutrition DOES improve pet health are becoming the veterinarian that educated consumers avoid. She speaks on a subject she clearly knows little of (pet food). As example…
Dr. Heyerly DVM stated “If your dog doesn’t have a job, the protein is wasted.”
This is implying that higher cost pet foods all contain high levels of protein. Some higher cost pet foods contain higher levels of protein, and some higher cost pet foods contain quality protein. With pet food, the search for quality meat and vegetable ingredients is significant.
I would guess Dr. Heyerly and Money Talks News is not aware of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Compliance Policies that allow horrendous waste into pet food such as euthanized animals and 4D animals (dead, diseased, dying, disabled). Federal law requires that all foods (human and animal) contain meat ONLY from slaughtered USDA inspected and approved animals. However FDA provides the pet food industry loopholes to avoid these federal laws. As example: FDA CPG Sec. 690.300 states “Policy: Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.”
Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals will be considered fit for pet consumption. Does Dr. Heyerly and Money Talk News believe this is appropriate pet food? Even for a cheap price?
Without informing pet food consumers to seek out pet foods that contain quality ingredients (USDA inspected and approved meats and vegetables), Dr. Heyerly and Money Talk News is basically advising consumers that cheap pet foods using cheap waste meats sourced from diseased animals or euthanized animals – which are in violation of federal law – are suitable for the pet. Again, is this what Money Talk News really wants to tell pet food consumers?
And Dr. Heyerly proves she has no understanding of the pet food industry with her statement “The ones that add in the by-products and fruits and veggies, the carbohydrates, are better foods all around for the dog.” If the “by-products” are not USDA inspected and approved, such as the liver of a drugged, diseased animal, how in the world could this be a better dog food?
And then your advice Mr. Johnson…”Bottom line, if pet food prices give you pause, just take a look at the label. Look for the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and find the cheapest price you can on the foods you need.”
Quality aside for a moment, on the pet food label the protein and fat in the pet food is required by state and federal law to be stated as minimum (not actual). As example a Guaranteed Analysis of a dog food might state 18% protein and 6% fat on the label. However the actual protein and fat percentage of the pet food could be 30% and 20% (respectively). Plus, there is no requirement in pet food regulations to provide carbohydrate information on the label. How can a consumer “look for the right amount of protein, carbohydrates” if the information is not provided or not stated as the actual amount?
I must ask you Mr. Johnson, knowing that FDA allows pet foods to contain waste ingredients rejected for use in human foods, do you still feel “cheapest price” is the best advice to pet food consumers?
I would be glad to provide Money Talk News (and Dr. Heyerly for that matter) with more information on how to find a true quality pet food sourced from quality ingredients. Plus I would be able to provide Money Talk News with the names and contact information of veterinarians that understand that good health and good quality food go hand in hand. If you are going to provide advice to pet food consumers, at least provide accurate information.
I would like a reply to this message.
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Should I get a response from them, it will be shared.
How sad. How sad it is there are ‘news’ outlets that don’t have a clue what they are reporting on. How sad it is there is another veterinarian that doesn’t understand quality meat and vegetable pet foods are the only type of pet food our pets should be eating. (I wonder if she’d let her kids eat Happy Meals every day of their life?) How sad it is that this misinformed article and video from Money Talks News will probably cause numerous pet food consumers to buy cheap pet foods their pet will pay for later.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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