Check out this link to see which big corporations own some of the most widely recognised pet food brands in the world.
Surprised? You shouldn't be.
For a long time I heard about how the pet food industry cannot be trusted. For a long time I shrugged it off, believing, naively, that there was no way that these well known and vet-approved brands could be bad for animals. My cats have always been healthy and very few of them ever got sick or dies from 'natural' causes - I assumed that my cats were safe and healthy. Then, one of my cats suddenly got sick and had to be euthanised - his kidneys had stopped working for reason(s) unknown. He was 4 years old. This was the turning point for me - even though the vets assured me that the reason he got sick was more likely because he was a rescue and probably was infected by a virus when he was young. I started looking into the pet food industry.
Of course I should have known - it is, after all, an industry whose number 1 goal is profit and not a good product. I discovered that most of the major brands approved by vets were owned by some of the biggest and baddest corporations out there.
- Hills (Science diet) is owned by Colgate-Palmolive
- Purina is owned by Nestle
- Mars owns Pedigree and Royal Canin
- Procter & Gamble owns Eukanuba, Iams and Innova
I have read the labels on these vet approved foods. Most contain a number of ingredient names that I cannot pronounce. Most contain chicken (which is one of the more common allergens to dogs). Most contain flavourants (because there isn't enough real food in there to make it appealing enough for animals to eat). Most are made up mostly of grains. Most have a low protein content and high carbohydrate content (contrary to the design and evolution of cats and dogs). I read on one of the Hills Prescription Diet cat food labels that the food should not be fed for more than 3 months or it may cause kidney failure. The vet had just recommended I feed that to an elderly cat who we discovered has spinal arthritis (it was the Mobility food).
After my long experience through the mess of the pet food industry I learned more clearly than ever before that you cannot trust any one or any group/company whose goal is profit.