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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Read the label - how many times have we been told to do just that when purchasing human food? It's the fine print that we tend to avoid because, well, it's fine print and no one wants to read the fine print. Plus, it's frightening to read some of those big names attached to food ingredients that we should not eat.
Whilst some of us have started to read labels seriously and regularly, how many of us consider reading the labels when purchasing food for our beloved 'best friends,' our pets. Long gone are the days when the family dog was fed table scraps and given leftover bones to chew on. Now we venture to the nearest store to purchase bags or tins of what we believe is healthier food for our beloved friends. But is it? Is it safe to assume that a label like "All Natural Products" means exactly what it says? Perhaps not. Even though consumers in North America alone spent over $13 billion on pet food in 2013, there are few, if any, safety guidelines to protect what goes into pet food.
For example, did you know that dead animals (pets and road kill), collars and all, are processed at factories to be included into pet food? That in itself should be enough to shock you into wanting to do more research and read Alan Wood and Lee Sanft's book, What Your Best Friend is Really Eating. I found it very shocking and now I'm even more concerned about the so-called natural food preparations that I purchase for my pet. The label "chicken by-products," for instance, can mean anything from the chicken that is undesirable for human consumption. Even expired processed meats are sent to these processing factories and thrown into the mix along with the all of the packaging. Now really, surely we can do better than that for our best friends. This book is frighteningly informative.