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Old 10-23-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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Does anyone have a list of dog food manufacturers that do not purchase their "meat meal" from rendering plants that include diseased animals, road kill, and euthanized pets in their mixtures? Most of the common dog food manufacturers do, but I have yet to find a list of ones that don't.

I don't have the time nor energy to go raw and/or make my own dog food, but I would like to feed my dog (and fosters) quality food even if it costs more.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Champion Pet Foods.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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I had to feed one of my dogs a raw diet years ago and it was a pain in the butt, but well worth it. I don't know any petfoods that don't include diseased animals, etc., but I do know that there are vet's offices and specialty pet shops that sell raw food already prepared. Maybe see if any are in your neighborhood? My vet sells some and surprisingly I found a shop down the street from me that sells raw also. Good luck.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll see if I can find those. I see that Champion (by Orijen?) is rated very highly. Is it difficult to find in stores?
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I feed mine Orijen (from Champion Foods). Not only is it the best food I've ever given my dogs but after a few months on it, I've never had dogs with such soft coats. My Rottrador literally feels like suede and my GSD and Blue Heeler feel puppy soft once again. I also mix in a little raw lamb or raw chicken from Nature's Variety with it. I've never seen such happy tails at dinner time and for once I've been able to find a food that all three seem to like.

I currently feed the Six Fish formula but Orijen is made to switch between formulas for an occasional change. In other words, you could go out and buy the Original Formula or the Regional Red and not have to worry about slowly transitioning them over. I have tried the Original and the Regional Red with much success. They seem to actually like the Regional Red the best but it's a little rich for them and their stool loosened up just a tad. I've had best overall results with the Six Fish but none of them are bad in any way whatsoever.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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Does anyone have a list of dog food manufacturers that do not purchase their "meat meal" from rendering plants that include diseased animals, road kill, and euthanized pets in their mixtures? Most of the common dog food manufacturers do, but I have yet to find a list of ones that don't.

I don't have the time nor energy to go raw and/or make my own dog food, but I would like to feed my dog (and fosters) quality food even if it costs more.
As ilovebdj said, it will be near impossible to know. A company that claims they don;t use these in their pet food can legally include them and make that claim. You have to understand the arms lenght exemption which basicaly says if they buy anything and never ask, specify, or include the objectionable products in the pet food, they are not required to list or acknwledge its presence. So they buy rendered meat meal from XYZ company. XYZ never discloses the source of the meal. The manufacture never asked them the source of the meal. The manufacture never asked them to inclued the objectionable items in the meal. So the arms lenght exemption exist and even if its in the meal, they can say they don;t include it.

A well known ploy is when pet foods claim there are no preservatives in their food even though there are lots of it. they don;t include it themself. What they do is buy packaging that already incudes it in the package but they never asked the maker of the package to include it and the makers never told anyone they included it (they advertise a new stay fresh packaging only) so the opet food company can stand in front of you and claim they add no preservatives.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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I really think that ended over a decade ago. There was a huge study with pentobarbital in pet food and I think the process ended.

Not to say that there is not some nasty stuff in pet foods particularly those that say meat meal, animal digest etc. but I think a few have nice ingredients. I am feeding the puppy Fromm right now and have not heard anything bad about them - I am so pleased I am going to cut my adult dogs over to the Surf and Turf grain free and some other foods they have; I like the lower ash content than some of the other grain frees and the not so high protein (30% vs 42% - my dogs blood proteins were too high on the Evo we were feeding him)
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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Does anyone have a list of dog food manufacturers that do not purchase their "meat meal" from rendering plants that include diseased animals, road kill, and euthanized pets in their mixtures? Most of the common dog food manufacturers do, but I have yet to find a list of ones that don't.

I don't have the time nor energy to go raw and/or make my own dog food, but I would like to feed my dog (and fosters) quality food even if it costs more.
I use Orijen and at times Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Orijen is not sold at our Pet store, but I can buy at our feed store, Blue Buffalo is available at Petco.

Link to Blue Buffalo
Blue Buffalo - Healthy Dry Dog Food for Puppies, Small Breed, Large Breed, Adult and Senior Dogs.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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You can check here
Dog Food Reviews by Brand

Not all dog foods use meat meal especially the 4-5 star ones
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