Why is this happening again?

In 2005 a toxic mold –aflatoxin ended up at the same Diamond Pet Foods plant in South Carolina and dozens of dogs died.

12 Shipments of corn had not been tested.

Today at least 14 people have been affected with salmonella poisoning from the same plant after handling dog food. We do not have the count of sickened dogs, because it has not been determined how many dogs have been affected yet.

It is also very hard to attribute illness to dog food, since symptoms can be mild to severe and could mimick a variety of other dog illnesses.

 On April 2, 2012, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development detected Salmonella in an unopened bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb and Meal & Rice dry dog food.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infections

  • Decreased appetite
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea-sometimes bloody
  • Vomiting

Why making your own dog food is best

  • The amount of the protein shown on bags of dog food is not an accurate listing of the percent of digestible protein.
  • The digestibility in quality dog foods is between 70 and 80 percent.
  •  In lesser-quality foods, the digestibility could drop to 60 percent or even less.
  • Chicken byproducts or other meat byproducts, which are what many dog foods are made with, are standard but not high quality.  Meat and bone meal, which are also used in many dog foods, are even poorer quality and less digestible.
  • Grains are not good digestible sources of protein either.
  • By feeding your dog a healthy, homemade meal, you are able to carefully monitor the nutrients your dog is getting.  Plus, you can give them the correct portion size for their breed.
  •  Also, you can keep your pet away from things like preservatives, additives, and artificial flavoring.
  • Homemade diets are healthier for dogs with allergies, because you can control the ingredients used.
  • Raw diets, possibly the ultimate diet, are another option that a doggie parent can favor.
  •  Remember that no matter what diet you as the dog parent choose for your dog, variety is the key. Feeding a variety of vegetables, grains and proteins, provides a balanced diet.
  • Transitioning to other meats and vegetables every week or few months will provide all the necessary proteins and nutrients. Many dog parents feel that they do not have the know how on what to feed when it comes to homemade meals. Consulting with your veterinarian and discussing your furry-friends’ nutritional needs, while taking into consideration any medical illnesses, is your best bet.

Claudia Bensimoun

©Copyright 2012

1 Comment

  1. Shocking news and that it can happen twice at the same producer. No doubt that most dogs love virtually every fruit and vegetable out there. The earlier you get your dog used to eating raw veg the better.

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