|Barked: Thu May 3, '12 1:49pm PST |
|If it's good enough for me, it's good enough for my dogs. I can assure you the meat going into kibble is far, far worse. Actually I was talking about the recent mad cow case with an acquaintance the other day - she said the news clip she saw on it had said in so many words, "Don't worry, that cow wasn't going to be for human consumption. It was going to a dog food factory."
On top of being unfit for consumption, kibble-meat is super processed on the way to becoming kibble. Then the kibble company adds still more preservatives because now they have to keep their product from rotting while it's sitting on the store shelf for months on end in what's essentially a paper bag.
Meat from WalMart is all irradiated, which many people take issue with. I prefer not to feed it myself, in part because of the irradiation but also because the cuts don't look great and it isn't any cheaper than what I can get at Stop & Shop or Shaw's. In fact, it's often more expensive.
Anything vacuum sealed (also common at WalMart) is going to look off-color, feel slimy and smell disgusting. But again, it's perfectly safe. Just a matter of whether you want to deal with that or not.
If you're really concerned about commercial meat handling, you can try to source out independent butchers and advertise to take extra meat from local hunters.
For the most part, no matter what source the meat is from, I give everything a sniff test before feeding it. It's pretty obvious when something goes "off." And if it's "off" straight from the store, bring it back. How "off" is ok to feed will be up to you... Many people don't mind if something is a tad funky for their dogs.
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