We at v-dog were shocked to read this FDA article explaining that pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals, has been found in many major pet foods (such as Purina, ProPlan, Hills). Although the FDA stated, "Presently, it is assumed that the pentobarbital residues are entering pet foods from euthanized, rendered cattle or even horses," pentobarbital is used to euthanize dogs and cats, so many suspect there are rendered dog and cat remains in those kibbles as well. Not only is this an issue from an ethical standpoint, but who really wants their dogs consuming a harmful drug, even if it's only trace amounts?
Check out this video from Bite Size Vegan for the run down on what is commonly found in major brand pet foods and what she feeds her bulldog Ooby.
The good news? It is becoming more well-known that you can feed your furry companion a plant-based, vegan diet with no artificial anything, fillers, corn, soy, wheat or gluten with no animals harmed to produce the kibble. A vegan diet for dogs is the ultimate healthy, sustainable and cruelty-free diet. Many dogs have also seen huge success in getting rid of their allergies when switching to a vegan diet.
Considering making the switch for your pup? Here is some additional information:
- Can my dog be vegan?
- V-dog success stories: Raise the WOOF testimonials
- Veterinarian Dr. May on vegan diets for dogs: video
- Obligate Carnivore: Cats, Dogs and What it Really Means to be Vegan (book)
From Bite Size Vegan: "A short list of *some* of the 'caring' ingredients in pet foods"
cats, dogs, and their flea collars
pentobarbital (the poison designed to kill cats and dogs, left from the euthanized cats and dogs in the pet food)
sick, diseased, dying, disabled and dead animals
toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury
fecal matter (poop)
and much, much more...
Make the switch: buy your furry loved one their very own bag @ www.v-dog.com