You’ve seen the ads, pets frolick happily, eagerly devouring a bowl of colorful kibble while pet parents beam proudly, knowing they made the right choice.
But did they?
What the ads don’t show you are the horrors of rendering plants, where containers, brimming with dead and diseased animals, are ground to a bloody pulp, cooked and transformed into a dry protein powder – the basis for most pet foods on the market.
Like most Americans, I too believed the marketing, and I felt sure I was feeding my furfy family members the very best pet food money could buy.
But I was wrong.
My search for a healthy pet food began, as it does for so many people, with a tragedy that forced me to examine my beliefs about commercial pet food.
One night, one of my cats, Blackie, straggled in and collapsed at my feet, unable to move. After rushing Blackie to the vet he said my cat’s bladder was blocked and the only way to allow the bladder to drain was through a catheter. What seeped out onto the cold metal table was a sickening mixture of blood, urine, puss, and crystals slowly seeped from Blackie’s lifeless body.
The veterinarian told me that if I wanted Blackie to live I would have to drive him immediately to a veterinary hospital 75 miles away. With instructions not to stop for any reason, the vet hung the IV attached to Blackie from my car window – and with that my journet began.
Blackie’s diagnosis was Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder which causes inflammation, crystals, and stones in their bladders and kidneys; symptoms which are exacerbated, if not caused, by dry food. Blackie’s treating veterinarians were emphatic: Blackie was never to have dry kibble ever again.
During my obsessive search for the perfect pet food, quite unexpectedly what emerged was a deeply troubling picture of the pet food industry.
What I learned changed forever the naive trust I once placed in pet food manufacturers. My transformation from innocent consumer to informed pet parent compelled me to share what I had learned with other pet parents.
And that’s how Poisoned Pets was born.