many of you, I feel responsible for my dogsí
well-being. I do not want to unknowingly feed them
anything that is not nutritious or, heaven forbid,
something that could really harm them.
an announcement of a new dog food product by Royal Canin
made with ground up chicken feathers crossed my email
box, I thought it was a hoax.
the joke is on me. It appears I was wrong.
June, Forbes magazine published an interview with the
pet food companyís president, Keith Levy. Levy was
introducing the new "anallergenic"
formula" the company is producing made with ground
up chicken feathers. The story was headlined "a
win-win for Royal Canin," a division of Mars.
touted the fact the company has been developing the use
of chicken feathers in its pet food for 10 years.
looking for lots of different sources of protein for our
foods: hydrolyzed soy; we are currently researching worm
meal as a potential protein source for some of our foods
in China," he told the interviewer.
brands are more expensive than us," Levy bragged in
once again, we are faced with the really naive belief
that just because a dog food is at the top of the price
range, it is not necessarily because the quality of the
food is, too. Then there is the added concern about
sourcing in China.
the kicker? You can only purchase the food from
specialty retailers with a veterinary prescription. Add
another layer of authenticity.
letís take a look at the list of ingredients that I
found on veterinarian Dr. Karen Beckerís website at
healthypets.mercola.com (search for Ďfeather mealí)
and at chewy.com, an online retailer for the Royal Canin
Veterinary Diet Anallergenic Dry Dog Food. I was unable
to find the product on Royal Caninís website.
list, according to both websites, contains about 45
ingredients so Iíll just give you the first dozen or
starch, hydrolyzed poultry by-products aggregate,
coconut oil, soybean oil, natural flavors, potassium
phosphate, powdered cellulose, calcium carbonate, sodium
silico aluminate, chicory, L-tyrosine,
fructooligosaccharides, fish oil, L-lysine."
will notice the first and therefore largest amount of
product in the food is corn starch, a filler, which is a
concern because many animals are allergic to corn.
of ironic for an anallergenic product.
corn is very frequently genetically modified. This means
the seeds have been chemically altered to produce plants
that can withstand repeated spraying with herbicides. In
2009, Monsanto, makers of Roundup, estimated that 60
percent of the corn produced in the United States is
recent study published in the online journal Entropy
into the use of the synthetic herbicide glyphosate, the
active ingredient found in Roundup and other weed
killers, indicates the chemical has been linked to a
range of health problems and diseases, including
Parkinsonís disease, infertility and cancers in
second ingredient is the "hydrolyzed poultry
by-products aggregate" which is the only mention of
poultry in the ingredients, so it has to contain the
the issue here is the term "poultry
by-product," which, according to the Association of
American Feed Control Officials "consists of the
ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of
slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped
eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in
such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good
processing practice." Levy does not address this
inconsistency in the Forbes article.
Yep, I want my dogs eating the intestines of other
on the chewy.com website, a 19.8 pound bag of this stuff
will spare you any further rants today so donít get me
started on the Royal Canin connection to a bear baiting
controversy in the Ukraine.
Just Google it.