Human-Grade & Chemical Free Pet Food
At PetsWell Pantry, our main concern is the health and longevity of your furry friends. This is why we have conducted extensive research before coming up with a loving, caring manufacturing process that’s both humane and healthy for pets.
We carefully select fresh ingredients and add a lot of love and care into manufacturing of our food, which takes place a restaurant kitchen rather than a plant. We are passionate about our furry friends’ health, and that’s why we do not include any toxic chemicals, preservatives, synthetic vitamins, growth hormones, or fillers. Additionally, our food is GMO- and gluten-free, and we take special care to ensure that it does not include any of the following:
• Artificial Coloring
• Added Sugars
• Corn (normally used as a filler)
Sadly, the rest of the pet food industry doesn’t strive for such high quality. Before making a purchase, you should familiarize yourself with the processes used to manufacture pet food, as well as the ingredients used. The industry is governed by a non-profit organization, better known as the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The main aim of AAFCO is to ensure that all pet food sold in America, adheres to a certain number of acceptable standards. However, that’s no guarantee that all pet food is exempt from harmful chemicals and any form of contamination. Nor does it prevent the use of non-human-grade ingredients. Therefore, you should always read your pet’s food label.
Some of the ingredients which you may find in commercial pet food include …
A carcinogen is better known as a cancer-causing agent, and exposure to it can cause anemia and/or kidney or liver failure in addition to cancer. Acrylamide is one such agent, and it is produced when starchy foods are processed at extremely high temperatures. Aflatoxins are another such agent, and they stem from molds that contaminate wheat, corn, rice, and other similar grains. They also flourish under poor growing conditions and in inadequate storage facilities.
Preservatives appear in almost every product which we can buy today. Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, rubber, petroleum, jet fuels—you name it. These substances lengthen a product’s shelf life, but this comes at a price. Preservatives found in pet foods include ethoxyquin, and the carcinogen butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a similar substance, and it causes liver and kidney problems.
We need certain vitamins and minerals in order to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. However, the same does not necessarily apply to our furry friends. Although small doses of certain vitamins and minerals can benefit our pets, excessive amounts of such nutrients may prove toxic. One example would be vitamin D. Too much can lead to lethal levels of phosphorus and calcium (better known as hypercalcemia), which can cause calcification of body tissue. This normally affects the heart, arteries, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract.
The most common filler used in pet food is corn. However, do not think that this is the same corn you and I would consume. This is the corn farmers give to their cattle, a very fattening type that is one of the major causes of weight gain and obesity in dogs. Humans would never eat this stuff. It makes you wonder: How healthy can it be for our pets?
We would all agree that the best source of protein for us is lean meat, so the same would apply to our furry friends, right? Well, the commercial pet food Industry has answered with a resounding, “No!” Its members do not use pure protein (i.e., meat), but turn to by-products instead. This is better known as lamb meal and chicken meal. This meal is derived from the kidneys, blood, bone, brains, lungs, and fatty tissues of slaughtered animals. The process used to manufacture this meal is called “rendering,” which helps keep manufacturing costs low and the “protein” content in the food high.
Heavy metals are yet another substance which has found its way into pet food, and some of these include mercury, lead, and cadmium. Why are they showing up? Some manufacturers outsource production to countries such as China that have cheap labour costs. Unfortunately, they have low standards, and such harmful substances have even made their way into products meant for human consumption.
These are all substances which PetsWell Pantry lovingly excludes from our nutritious range of organic fresh foods, making our food a healthy option!
Love, The PetsWell Team
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