Whole Dog Journal's Blog September 12, 2011

It’s My Birthday, Make Some Dog Food

Posted at 04:29PM - Comments: (5)

Guess what I did for my birthday? I toured a brand-new pet food cannery, one that makes super high-end food. Yippee! It may not be most people’s idea of a good time, but it was actually the most exciting way to spend the day that I can think of. I’ve been working on a review of wet dog foods (including canned and pouched products) and the offer to see this new plant, located in Southern California, was a matter of great timing. Now, if I could only get into a rendering plant to see chicken meal, lamb meal, beef meal, (etc.), being made, I would truly have a dream birthday.


Comments (5)

Thanks for being our eyes and ears and helping me keep up to date on food making practices!

Posted by: keeper | September 13, 2011 11:18 PM    Report this comment

Hoping to see food allergies covered in the article! There is a golden retriever here who is on vet recommended dry allergy kibble. A homemade option would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by: celestekay | September 13, 2011 2:39 PM    Report this comment

If all types of diets were comprised of ingredients of equal quality and were "complete and balanced" for a dog's needs, the very best type of diet for a dog's health would be fresh; next would be fresh/frozen; next would be canned; kibble is last. Obviously, dogs CAN survive and many thrive on kibble. But a higher-moisture diet is much more healthful (especially for older dogs) -- and closer to the diet that dogs evolved eating than kibble. The review will discuss all this!

Posted by: WDJ Editor Nancy Kerns | September 13, 2011 11:03 AM    Report this comment

I have a dog currently fighting stomach cancer. She was fed what I thought were quality foods all her life, took vitamins, oils and still we got this terminal diagnosis. I haave been reading everything I can about dog foods and how high heat makes dry foods practically a "poison". I am thinking of starting to make all the food for my other 6 young dogs - we have a 17.5 yr old who will continue to eat whatever she wants as long as she eats!)The human food chain in the US is screwed up and I think the pet food industry is in worse shape. What can we do to fix the problems of the " dead, dying, down and diseased" from entering the pet food chain? Also the mystery food " by-products" should give all dog food buyers second thoughts about a food that has them!.

Posted by: AnnM | September 13, 2011 11:03 AM    Report this comment

I look forward to seeing your review of wet foods primarily because our vet suggested that our older (12 yrs) aussie could benefit from it being the primary food with dry food becoming more of an add on to his diet.

Posted by: Barbara W | September 13, 2011 10:51 AM    Report this comment

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