Mother Earth News Blogs > Homesteading and Livestock

Homesteading and Livestock

Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.


Choose the Right Pet Food

By Alison Rogers


Tags: ,

We know that industrial feedlots are harmful to both livestock and the environment, so many of us try to buy meat from small scale sources. But what about your pets? Pet food is a major source of factory-farmed meat, and even worse, animal byproducts that are not fit for human consumption. Loosely defined as 'heads, feet, bones, blood, intestines, lungs, spleens, livers, ligaments, fat trimmings, unborn babies, and other parts not generally consumed by humans,' these byproducts can even come from '4D' (dead, dying, diseased, disabled) animals. This may be why tests have found traces of a euthanasia drug in some foods.

Thankfully, there are high-quality pet foods out there that are both affordable and by-product-free. My dogs enjoy Pet Promise, which claims to be free of byproducts, antibiotics and factory-farmed meats. Plus, it doesn't break the bank.

Read more about pet food here and here.

kimberly smith_2
10/31/2008 5:26:54 PM

Why not learn the real nutritional needs of your pets, and feed raw, meaty bones and organs? Whole prey model? Veggies are a fun treat, but much like grains and other 'vegan' sources, just go straight through the digestive system of carnivorous animals like dogs and cats. Why waste your money, and create extra waste that needs to be cleaned up by feeding something that's useless to the animal in the first place? I've been raw feeding my cats and dogs for over 8 years now, with huge success. We raise, or fish for a fair portion of what they eat, and buy locally grown for the rest. It's really worth the effort to go out and find the right food, or even better, raise it yourself, for our fuzzy memebers of the family and farm stead.