Last night, my mom stumbled upon a very interesting documentary posted on the blog of our friends at Biscuits by Lambchop. The documentary is called Pet Food: A Dog’s Breakfast and was originally aired on CBC through Doc Zone in 2008. The large focus of Pet Food: A Dog’s Breakfast chronicles the events of the 2007 Menu Foods pet food recall and details the stories of a few humans who pets died or were affected by the recall. It also discusses en length the trickery and mislabeling of most commercial pet foods and what it is that you’re actually feeding your pet when you choose to buy pet food from grocery or big box stores. The documentary roughly 45 minutes, but worth the watch. As a warning, at the 23.29 mark, there a bit of the now infamous PETA animal food testing footage (and thankfully the only time any animal rights groups are mentioned). I’m unaware of how long this video will stay on youtube (things like this have a habit of disappearing), so watch it while you can.
This video raises many topics that I think the regular pet food consumer isn’t aware of, specifically, the falsification of ingredients labels (such as Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins explained, ingredient splitting), the fact of how overly processed kibble is, what can meet pet food standards (mmm, old work boots), and what I find to be one of the most important facts, that veterinarians are taught next to nothing about animal nutrition (think about that the next time your vet tells you should be feeding Science Diet). There are also some things that I think the video missed, mostly the opportunity to talk about what is quality commercial pet food. Thankfully reading nutritional labels was stressed, but saving a segment to highlight some foods that aren’t following the old boy’s network of most pet food companies would have been a good point to make. In fact, it seemed that the video was lumping all commercial pet foods together, when today, there are a lot of brands (many that I’ve highlighted in this blog) that are making strides in terms of quality ingredients and manufacturing. For more on this, check out this great video by Dr. Karen Becker.
Want to see how the food you’re currently feeding your pet stacks up? Check out it’s rating on Dog Food Advisor or run it through K9 Cuisine’s dog food rater.
I love to hear what your thoughts are on Pet Food: A Dog’s Breakfast.
Happy tail wags!