Kibble Ingredient Illustration

Rodney Habib, of Planet Paws Pet Essentials, created this info-graphic in his own kitchen to help pet food consumers understand what really goes into the creation of kibble products.

Take a close look at these ingredients. Ground corn (lots of it), toxic dyes, bones, beaks and feathers, more corn, wheat and rice flour, potato starch, unidentified meat and bone meal, Propylene Glycol (defined by as, “A colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid … used chiefly as a lubricant, as an antifreeze, as a heat transfer fluid, and as a solvent…”), and a vitamin premix almost guaranteed to be sourced from China.

This wouldn’t even be a healthy diet for you and me to eat, and we’re omnivores built to digest a wide variety of nutrient sources.

Think about that for a minute.

Now just imagine how profoundly unhealthy this has to be for a carnivore whose digestive physiology is uniquely, beautifully designed for one thing – the exclusive consumption of other animal meats, bones and organs. Imagine how these pets feel, living on a diet their bodies aren’t meant to process, day in and day out, year after year. Tired, achy and grumpy probably doesn’t even begin to describe it.

And, of course, pet food ingredients are not the pretty fresh products you see in this picture, but are, instead, the garbage and leftovers from the human food and agricultural industries.

Kinda explains why nearly 100% of the top ten most common canine and feline diseases, as recorded by Veterinarian Pet Insurance (VPI) since 2004, have links to poor nutrition, doesn’t it?


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Created 08/31/15