Olanga Jay wrote:
From the article:
"Because of persistent rumors that rendered by-products contain dead dogs and cats, the FDA conducted a study looking for pentobarbital, the most common euthanasia drug, in pet foods. They found it. Ingredients that were most commonly associated with the presence of pentobarbital were meat-and-bone-meal and animal fat. However, they also used very sensitive tests to look for canine and feline DNA, which were not found. Industry insiders admit that rendered pets and roadkill were used in pet food some years ago. Although there are still no laws or regulations against it, the practice is uncommon today, and pet food companies universally deny that their products contain any such materials. However, so-called “4D” animals (dead, dying, diseased, disabled) were only recently banned for human consumption and are still legitimate ingredients for pet food" : http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?more=1&p=359
Now I myself cook food for my dogs and cats.
Chris Fox wrote:I've always heard about chocolate and onions. Are there any other foods not to feed to dog/cats?
lyla moore wrote:Is anyone else raising guinea pigs and/or rabbits for their dogs? Do you feed whole or process? My beagle loves rabbit he occassionally catches on his own.
Raye Beasley wrote: I made the mistake? of feeding feeding raw meat to my puppies when I first got them, shortly after weaning. They never took to commercial food after that.
Cj Verde wrote: I'm going to try it again with brown rice and probably a few eggs mixed in while the rice is cooking.
I also added butter while the rice was cooking for some extra calories.
John Polk wrote:
Sometimes, I use chicken stock instead of water for the rice.
Adds flavor, calories, and some protein. Makes the rice more nutritious.
Mountain Krauss wrote:I think the most sustainable dog food is gophers & squirrels, and any other small mammal they catch themselves.