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Dog & Cat food recall

My advice (and I'm taking it): Feed a home-cooked or raw diet for your companion animals. While it won't eliminate all food-associated problems (not much will), it will limit concerns.

After Mina's bag of food is gone, I'm no longer feeding her any type of food that isn't locally produced. She will be put on a home-cooked diet. I am writing this as a reminder of my commitment to Mina's Feed Quality Control Protocol.

Ignoring quality control issues, the amount of energy required to transport grains from China to the United States for processing is unecessary. If I can buy locally grown produce, and if I can limit my impact on the planet, Mina can too. :) 

That is all.

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questforclarity
Apr. 20th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. I am terrified by all of this crap. The company we are using now (after returning a dozen cans of Nutro) doesn't use wheat or rice, but I have very little faith in any major brand now. We have a TON of dry food left and I don't want to waste it, but once that is gone I will start making food myself.
questforclarity
Apr. 20th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
P.S. Do you have an suggestions for recipes/websites/books that I can check out to make Lola's food?
rinalia
Apr. 20th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I can't remember if you feed Lola a vegetarian diet or not? There are a couple of veg dog food books available, but I haven't read them.

If not, I'd suggest these books:

For a home-cooked, not necessarily raw diet (also has some veg recipes):
Dr. Pitcairns Complete Guide to Natural Health: http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=CDN142 (I love this book)
Complete Holistic Dog Book (another fav of mine), Jan Allegretti & Katy Sommers: http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DN210
Becoming the Chef Your Dog Thinks you are- Micki & Yogi Voisard: http://www.sitstay.com/cgi-bin/sdisp.cgi/BV3.lg.jpg
Cooked Diet Recipes, Monica Segal: http://www.sitstay.com/cgi-bin/sdisp.cgi/BS27.lg.jpg


For a strictly raw diet:
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Schultze: http://www.sitstay.com/cgi-bin/sdisp.cgi/BS5.lg.gif
The BARF diet: Ian Billinghurst: http://www.sitstay.com/cgi-bin/sdisp.cgi/BB0001.lg.jpg
Raw Food Recipes: http://www.sitstay.com/cgi-bin/sdisp.cgi/BS26.lg.jpg

For a whole bunch of titles: http://www.dogwise.com/Browse/SubCatList.cfm?SubCat=Natural%20Health%20and%20Nutrition
questforclarity
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the great info :) I'm going to email the list to myself at work so I can print it out and use it as an ordering guideline. I want to get copies for myself and the store.
floralfallal21
Apr. 30th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for those sources. I am greatly considering feeding Maizie home cooked meals. Can you tell me what you plan on feeding the Miners?

It's sad that it's such a risk every time someone pick up a bag of dog food. :(
rinalia
May. 1st, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to start her on (it may sound gross, fyi):
Daily meal:
- 4-5 chicken necks (or 1-3 turkey necks)
- 2/3 cup muscle meat (chicken or turkey, prolly ground for starters)
- 1.5-2 tbsp veggie puree
- vitamin c supplement (3,000 mg)
- 1 tsp flaxseed oil
- 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
- probiotics
- possibly citrus seed extract (initially)
Three times a week
- 1 raw egg from sanctuary
- organ meat

I'll see how she does on that at first - she's pretty active, so I might have to modify some of it.

I've finally gotten over the fear that I won't know how much to feed her, and I'm looking forward to the change. I'm sure Mina will enjoy it too!
wirenth
Apr. 20th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
i used to feed completely raw, but i just don't have the ambition or presense of mind to do it anymore. the portioning, the packaging, the freezing, the thawing, it was just a pita. i guess i'm a lazy dog owner, but i'm going to keep sticking with the kibbles that i feel are safe, and keep my fingers crossed :-/
rinalia
Apr. 21st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
I annoyed that Mina's expensive dog food sources a couple ingredients from China. That's just stupid and annoying.

I'm at this point where it's important I know where Mina's food comes from. I have a hard time feeding her meat (I'm vegan), and I feel I need to KNOW the animals whose lives are unfairly (imo, not to Mina, of course) are taken. Even with my organic dog food, the chickens did not live a happy life, as short as it was.
dragonvyxn
Apr. 20th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
yeah. that's what i've been doing since i got the kids... :D
rinalia
Apr. 21st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I came up with a lot of excuses.

Combined with not knowing how the animals were treated and this new problem with getting ingredients from across the world, I cannot excuse myself any longer.

You, of course, rock. :)
dragonvyxn
Apr. 21st, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
aw, thanks! i couldn't handle not knowing *exactly* what was in the food, and now with all this stuff, i'm even more sure i wouldn't feed kibble :P i am glad of the opportunity to tell people about feeding home cooked diets, though...
ellettra
Apr. 21st, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
okay, so i've been thinking we're pretty safe because we (and by we, i mean my two piglets cattens eat dry food and not wet food. should i be concerned? (i'm going to start investigating local cat food right now.)
polyphonicvegan
Apr. 21st, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to do about Oscar's diet. He hates the organic chicken kibble with a passion and only wants tuna cat food or the
"human-grade" stuff. I'd like to find him a local, organic, minimally processed source for his food. I know the fishing industry is awful and his beloved tuna is packed with mercury, but I haven't found anything else (aside from Tofurky) that he's willing to eat. The boy will starve himself in protest if I try anything funny.


Um, help?
rinalia
May. 1st, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
I am, of course, of no assistance when it comes to the fickleness of cats.

However, I am of assistance if you need help petting or skritching Oscar. :)
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