Pet myth

You should check the ingredients in your pet food and only use food companies that meet the strictest guidelines.

The Internet is amazing! I certainly can’t imagine my life without having so much information available immediately at any given time.  However, the Internet also brings with it a lot of misinformation and it can be challenging to weed through what is true and what is crazy talk.  I thought it would be fun to pull some common pet myths from actual websites online and dispel them for you.

Myth: “Meat meal can contain the boiled down flesh of animals we would find unacceptable for consumption. This can include zoo animals, road kill, and 4-D (dead, diseased, disabled, dying) livestock. Most shockingly, this also can include dogs and cats.”  (

Fact: Major pet food companies contract with specific, known suppliers and use animal proteins from USDA inspected facilities.  This is one of the major questions you should be asking your pet food company when doing research on what you feed your pets. All members of the Pet Food Institute, which represents 98% of the pet foods produced in the United States have filed legal affidavits attesting to the fact that they avoid such ingredients in their products.  Additionally the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine led an investigation to test randomly selected pet food for the presence of canine and feline DNA. They did not find any in the foods tested. This is a clear example of a flashy, attention grabbing claim that is not based in reality.

We will be exploring more of these myths in weeks to come!

Ashley Gallagher, DVM

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