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Chemicals in Dog Food

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

"once you peek behind the curtain, it becomes apparent that what you have been watching is possibly one of the greatest orchestrated money-making shows on earth today, one where you pay with your money and your pet pays with his health." Dr. Conor Brady, Feeding Dogs



I have begun reading the Amazon US and Amazon UK best-selling book on canine nutrition Feeding Dogs, by Dr. Conor Brady, an Irish veterinarian/researcher/dog lover. The trouble is, once I start, I can't put it down. It is fascinating, terribly disturbing, and gratifying, all at the same time.


This book is so informative, that I have written to Dr. Brady for permission to share some of his chapter summaries with all of you, because I know you adore your dogs as much as we do, and can't stand seeing them suffer.


The information is absolutely necessary for all dog lovers to be aware of.


Having this knowledge can save us all not only thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses, but, more importantly, heartache when it comes to the health and well-being of our very best friends, our dogs.


For example, I did not know that commercial dog food, kibble, contains an enormous amount of chemicals. Ugh! Here are some that Dr. Brady has listed at the end of Chapter 12, none of which are required to be listed on the label:


  • anti-microbial agents

  • anti-caking agents

  • curing, drying, and firming agents

  • oxidizing and reducing agents

  • pH texturizers

  • emulsifiers

  • surface-active agents

  • synergists

  • texturizers

  • humectants

  • stabilizers

  • sodium pentobarbital (the drug used to euthanize pets and a major reason for recalls)

  • chemically denatured waste meat (using fuel oil, kerosene, carbolic acid)

  • melamine

I am so relieved knowing that our dogs are no longer subject to any of these chemicals!


I can't even begin to express how grateful I am to have found Dr. Billinghurst so many years ago, whose books and teachings have literally added years and years of health to not only our dogs' lives, but countless other local dogs, by simply feeding a well-designed fresh diet comprised of all human-grade ingredients, no chemicals, no additives, no preservatives.


Now, delving into the science behind the miraculous results we have seen over the past twelve years after dumping every morsel of kibble we had in the trash, is the icing on the cake.


Make no mistake: there is no such thing as "healthy" kibble. Or commercial, mass-produced dog food. No. Such. Thing. If what you're feeding your dog doesn't look and smell like fresh food you made yourself, it isn't healthy. After all, we wouldn't raise our children on Cheez Its and Coco Puffs, so why would we think it's OK to feed our dogs chemically-laden, expensive dry nuggets, sprayed with coloring and artificial flavor in a pretty bag, made of literal garbage and waste? Hmmm.....


"The industry is little more than a profitable dumping ground for the world's food waste, and you are paying top dollar for the pleasure of feeding it to your best friend." Dr. Conor Brady, Feeding Dogs


More to come........

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