Science Diet recently announced their “Feeding is Believing™ – the Value of Precise Nutrition” campaign. This new campaign looks as if Science Diet has been reading my Save Money – Buy Expensive report (www.TruthAboutPetFood.com/SaveMoney.html) – and decided to market their pet foods using a similar strategy. Science Diet reports that “For just $1.50 per month for a cat, or $3.90 per month for a dog, you can upgrade your pet’s food from the leading grocery brand to the superior nutrition of Hill’s Science Diet pet food.”
So…let’s see…from Petco.com a 20# bag of Science Diet Adult Maintenance Dry Dog Food sells for $27.99.
A 8.8# bag of Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites sells for $9.99.
Using a simple method of two cups per dry food equals one pound – Science Diet Adult Maintenance costs $.67 per cup. Using the same method, Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites costs $.57 per cup.
The feeding instructions on the Science Diet food recommends a 40 pound dog should eat 2 ¾ cups per day. That would cost a pet owner $1.85 per day – $55.50 for 30 days.
The feeding instructions on Pedigree recommends a 40 pound dog should eat 3 ½ cups per day. This would cost a pet owner $1.43 per day – $42.90 for 30 days.
Hmmm…the new Science Diet promotional material states the price increase from a popular grocery store dog food (I’m guessing it’s Pedigree) to their Adult Maintenance food would cost a pet owner only $3.90 per month more. By my calculations it costs $12.60 more per month to feed the Science Diet dog food.
Let’s look at one more thing…
Always a consideration in choosing a dog food or cat food should be ingredients and country of origin of ingredients. The first ten ingredients from Science Diet Adult Canine Maintenance are:
Chicken, corn meal, ground grain sorghum, ground wheat, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA, propyl gallate and citric acid), natural flavor, vegetable oil.
The first ten ingredients from Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites are:
Ground whole corn, meat and bone meal, ground wheat, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with bha/bht), wheat mill run, wheat flour, natural flavor, salt, potassium chloride.
Both foods contain corn and wheat and both contain a by-product – while Pedigree’s by-product (meat and bone meal) is a generic animal protein. And both foods contain Animal Fat preserved with BHA; the pet food ingredient animal fat was determined by the FDA to be the most likely pet food ingredient to contain a euthanized animal and the drug used to euthanize them. BHA found in both foods is a chemical preservative scientifically linked to tumors and cancer. The Science Diet food does provide chicken – a meat source – Pedigree does not. Both pet foods import ingredients from ‘international sources’.
I’ll let you decide if $3.90 more a month or even $12.60 more a month is “a value of precise nutrition”.
A Canadian newspaper shares a interesting story that any pet owner with visiting raccoons (skunks, rats, and other animals) in the neighborhood should take note of. The concern is leptospirosis – which is a parasite found in the urine of raccoons. “The most common cause is wildlife urinating and getting into stagnant water, and then a dog coming along and drinking that water.” Depending on how much is consumed, sometimes a pet will show no symptoms, however with the little dog featured in the article – Benson – it can also be fatal.
Please take a few moments to read this article – http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1072824.html.
The recent batch of FDA warning letters includes a warning to pet food manufacturer Simmons Pet Food, Inc. http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/s6877c.htm
The warning is in regards to canned pet foods from an inspection in February 2008 – the warning letter is dated July 23, 2008. The FDA warning to Simmons Pet Food reports problems with the canning process resulting in ‘adulterated’ pet food.
Simmons has a line of “value priced and super premium pet foods in a variety of flavors and cuts.” If you or anyone you know uses canned Simmons Pet Foods – please alert them to the FDA warning.
NaturalNews.com reports that researchers are developing a method of testing toxic chemicals using robots instead of animals. The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Human Genome Research Institute have began a five year study program investigating using robots testing individual cells of animals versus animals themselves. Sounds like a wonderful plan.
Wishing you and your pet the best,
Truth About Pet Food
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