The recent post about the processed dog food having the euthanizing chemicals contained in the "animal renderings" is every canine / companion animal parents worst nightmare. We have always been very careful about the treats and food which our canine kids consume.
Our dogs have been fed a diet of boiled chicken and rice. We buy boneless chicken breast and my wife cuts them all up and then boils the chicken for about 8 minutes. We use Minute Rice and she mixes the two together.
This diet is bland but it also requires that we give them other vitamins and supplements. We have tried to mix in chopped carrots and green beans into their meals to help round out the nutrition.
Their weights have held steady, they love the food and rarely do we have an issue with someone not eating. But the process we are using requires at least one hour each night for my wife to cut up all of the chicken into the little cubes that she insists on serving. So, I suggested we find another food we can either use for part of each meal or have the other food be a meal all of it's own.
Clearly, we want to stay away from "Processed" foods and lot's of preservatives. Also, we want to avoid the "fillers" which are how the euthanizing chemicals ended up in the Gravy Train and other foods. Apparently, ground up animal carcasses qualify under the FDA rules as a "filler". The thought of animals from shelters and others who may have been euthanized being ground into eligible food "filler" is disgusting and something that should never occur. I guess most of us don't want to know what goes on in the "Rendering Process" when animal remains are dealt with. But I know I do not want my canine kids or any of my animals to consume such "food sources".
The old saying that once you have seen how sausage is made, you likely would never eat it again is clearly true. I would prefer to completely avoid "fillers" and other such "ground up animal remains" as a food item for my dogs.
I did check the FDA website and spent several hours reading what such things qualify as "Animal Food Fillers". I did not like what I found.
I will say that we do allow them to chew on Pigs Ears and also the animal tendons from cattle which are dried and turned into chew items. That I don't have a problem with. But the thought that their dog food possibly contains ground up companion animals such as dogs and cats from shelters is NOT something I will support or allow my dogs to consume.
So, here is the first food we are trying.