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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

AFFCO Certification for Dog and Cat Food - Not A Guarantee of Quality or Good Nutrition in Dog and Cat Food



I strongly recommend that concerned and loving Dog Owners never judge a dog-food product's quality based on AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) guidelines and here is why...


Just because a dry or wet dog food or treats are AAFCO approved, does not mean that the food:
  • Is free of toxins and carcinogens;
  • That the food is really nutritionally complete:
  • Will support your dog’s short and long-term health;


While AAFCO does include some US state and federal representatives, AAFCO it is NOT a federal or state run government organization...
  • Although AAFCO promotes themselves as a 'governing' body of the pet food industry - they are self-proclaimed
  • AAFCO is a partisan organization that is primarily made-up of people directly involved in the pet food manufacturing industry;
  • AAFCO's true reason for existing is not to support the health of your dog, it exists to promote the pet food industry in its drive to produce the biggest possible margin of profit;
  • AAFCO is directly responsible for unclear labelling on pet food products including dry and wet dog food and treats;
  • AAFCO allows toxins and carcinogens into the food that they 'approve'; AAFCO is responsible for the confusion around poor vs. good quality.

Take a look at the dog foods rated in this article to understand what you need to know and how AAFCO does not protect  your dog...

The bottom line is buyer beware for the health of your dog. 


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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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