5 minutes about grain-free...
Please, take 5 minutes to read this and share it with your friends about the difference when the health of your pets REALLY matters. I'm not making any claims, I'm simply pointing out the DIFFERENCE of how "independent stores" operate vs the Big-Box Retailers.
On May 20th, 2014: https://www.dogingtonpost.com/breaking-petco-to-discontinue-selling-all-pet-food-and-treats-from-china/ "Petco today announced it will stop carrying China-made dog and cat treats at its more than 1,300 store locations nationwide, including Unleashed by Petco stores and online at Petco.com, by the end of 2014. " What? That's in 5 months. Why not NOW? Dogs are getting SICK (or worse) from these Chinese Chicken Jerky brands. On May 21st, 2014: https://www.foxnews.com/health/petsmart-petco-to-stop-selling-pet-treats-made-in-china
"PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of ongoing fears that they are making pets sick.
The company plans to have the treats off all of its store shelves by March 2015."
What? That's like 10 months later. There were concerns about dogs getting SICK (or worse) FROM THESE ITEMS, and it's going to take 10 months to take the item off the shelves? The reason it takes this long? They have $$ tied up in inventory. They want to SELL all that's left before taking such a financial hit.
Now, when I was at Purrrfect Bark, we had NO Chinese Chicken Jerky brands in our store (We were China free) but, we STILL had concerns about Chicken Jerky, even US brands, so WE PULLED THEM OFF THE SHELF! When we were able to confirm with the brands and batch reports of the safety, we put them back. The point is, regardless of the $$ impact, we took them off the shelf.
So, what does all this have to do with grain-free pet foods? In this example, you see WHO takes the best interest in your pets. The companies who rip a product off the shelf instantly if there's an issue. None of us want to lose money in our stores, from the products we've ordered. We can't send these types of items back if there's no documented problem. We don't have investment firms to add more money in. We don't have stocks to sell. We do however, have heart. Us. The local guys. The independents. The Mom & Pop shops. They're the ones who make decisions in real-time, based on the info.
So, what does this have to do with grain-free, and the recent issues that are in the news? Well, ask your local stores "Do you think there's a problem with grain-free foods? "Have you stopped selling grain-free foods because of issues?" I'd be willing to bet that most stores still sell grain-free foods because there is still no scientific link to grain-free foods showing issues.
Matter of fact, check this out. A brand-new Grain-Free Food from Purina, with LEGUMES (the controversial ingredient) https://www.purina.com/beneful/dry-dog-food/grain-free-chicken
Why would they come out with a new, grain-free food, with Legumes if that's the WHOLE PROBLEM with grain-free foods? Interesting to think.
They show great pictures of pumpkin & blueberries, so you think they're a significant ingredient. THEY'RE LOWER THAN SALT! That's basically just enough to put them on the label.
"Chicken, pea starch, cassava root flour, chicken meal, soybean germ meal, soybean meal, canola meal, beef fat naturally preserved with mixed-tocopherols, dried beet pulp, natural flavour, soybean oil, salt, blueberries, dried pumpkin, dried spinach, potassium chloride, mono and dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, MINERALS [zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, manganese sulphate, copper sulphate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), biotin (Vitamin B-7)]. D409618C"
Why does Science Diet have grain-free dog food? https://www.hillspet.com/dog-food/sd-canine-adult-sensitive-stomach-and-skin-grain-free-dry
Chicken, Yellow Peas, Potatoes, Potato Starch, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Pea Protein, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil, Flaxseed, Egg Product, Lactic Acid, Powdered Cellulose, Pork Flavor, Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride, Green Peas, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Broccoli, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Taurine, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene.
Haven't they been saying these types of foods are bad?
Please, do some research. Check with those who are respected in 3rd party reporting, blogging and vets who are focused on natural foods, supplements and such. There's a host of people out there who fit this. If you need some help finding one, I'd be happy to point you in the right direction.