The 5 Most Dangerous “Ingredients” in Commercial Dog Food

Posted by Sierra Jack on 8/27/2014 to Health

Dangerous Commercial Dogfood

If you buy brand names like Science Diet, Pedigree, Purina, Beneful – then let me tell you about the harmful “ingredients” that these giant corporations don’t want you to know about.

1. BHT and BHA

Cancer causing and “human banned” chemicals like BHT and BHA are found in almost every major brand’s pet foods and treats. The FDA has done nothing to protect pets from these carcinogens, so there is no motivation for the “Purinas of the world” to voluntarily remove them from their products. It would simply hurt their profits. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in our pets today – it accounted for 50% of all deaths last year!

2. Decaying Meat

It is currently legal for corporations to add all kind of nasty, decaying meat to their products. The FDA also allows “roadkill, dying or diseased animals, disabled, and spoiled or contaminated meat” to be used in pet food. The effect of ingesting these toxic substances are serious medical issues, including skin irritation and gastrointestinal problems. Do you find yourself cleaning up after you dog often, even if he hasn’t gotten into something he wasn’t supposed to? The spoiled food doesn’t need to be found in the garbage can – it’s already in a fresh new bag of Beneful.

3. Meaty Byproduct

Now there’s a nebulous term. Example: diseased meat with tumors attached, plastic, or sawdust. Poultry byproducts, for instance, can include: “the carcass of slaughtered poultry such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines exclusive of feathers…” “Meat” and “by-products” are found in Milk-Bones (Del Monte), Pup-Peroni (Del Monte), Busy Bones (Purina), Moist n Meaty (Purina), T-Bonz (Purina), and Beneful Snackin’ Slices (Purina).

4. MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a salt based substance and highly addictive. It’s widely argued that this additive is used to make low quality, disgusting foods attractive to dogs. Does this remind you or nictotine and cigarettes? It should. Cigarette companies were not interested people’s health, and neither are pet food conglomerates concerned about the health of your dog. MSG is also tied to obeisity.

5. Preservative and Chemicals

Here’s the bottom line – huge pet food companies have a lot of their product made overseas in China. A quick Google search will show you the number of recalls and scandals revolving around this relationship. We just don’t know what corners the Chinese are willing to cut. And it’s not just animal at risk - there have been widely publicized cases of Chinese factories making “Barbie” dolls and popular children’s toys with lead paint!! Do you really think these shady industries care what’s in YOUR dog’s food when they don’t even care about children?! Really?!

But what can you do about it?

Don’t Despair - Sierra Jack is Here!

Our love for your dog is proudly displayed in all our ingredient lists. All of our products are AAFCO endorsed, and guaranteed to be high quality.

We add NONE of the things that you would not want in your pet's food:

  • NO by-products
  • NO artificial preservatives
  • NO chemical dyes
  • NO added sugars
  • NO wheat gluten
  • NO wheat
  • No Games with FDA loopholes
  • NO hidden mystery ingredients

Our goal is to make dogs healthy and happy by feeding them all-natural, holistic ingredients that dogs were MEANT TO EAT. Plain and simple.

As a dedicated pet health food store serving NYC, NJ and CT, our community of pet owners have come to love Sierra Jack's Holistic Petfoods. We start with the highest quality ingredients, and then add 8 groups of sequestered vitamins and trace minerals to make food that maximizes the health and well-being of your dog.

We want to earn your trust.

Evey time I look into Tommy’s face (my beautiful Jack Russel terrier) I realize that’s why I started Sierra Jack, and that’s what keeps me going on every morning walk.

What will you and your dog(s) do today?



Date: 1/9/2015
so glad we switched or dog, Daisy, over to this much healthier food. She loves it and has never had any problems with it, thank you Sierra Jack!!
Date: 1/9/2015
so glad we switched or dog, Daisy, over to this much healthier food. She loves it and has never had any problems with it, thank you Sierra Jack!!
Jack Bradshaw
Date: 1/9/2015
Thanks for your feedback, Jacki. So glad to hear that Daisy is enjoying our food! Please send us a photo of Daisy or post it on our Facebook page. We love seeing our happy customers. Jack.
Jane and Lilly
Date: 1/11/2015
Hi Jack, Lily is a mixed breed beautiful dog. We rescued her from North Shore Animal League in August 2009. She has never eaten anything except Sierra Jacks's "Holistic Premium Chicken". She also loves her "happy Hips." Her coat has always been shiny and her eyes clear and bright. We will never give her any other products. Jane

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