Truth About Pet Food, Thixton combs through the ingredients contained in various brands, provides invaluable information on those that are most healthy and those that are indeed risky; in addition, her site is full of facts about the effects of feeding certain products or additives to your pets. Whether you're curious about a particular food, or wish to become a more educated consumer, her site can be a gold mine for you.
She doesn't hesitate to blast companies that lie to the public, through their labeling or through their advertisements, nor does she hold back on what we need to know. For this, as well as her tough stance against the silence of the AAFCO and FDA on many pet food ingredient issues, she has indeed become a controversial name. I don't know about you, but I'd rather lend an ear to someone who's had the chutzpah to stand up and accuse government agencies of not protecting consumers, and listen to what they might have to say. Nothing is set in stone, but this woman does a remarkable job of uncovering untruths, as well as digging up the dish on the latest recalls and pet food news.
You can subscribe to receive her weekly newsletter, which never fails to provide some interesting and helpful information; in addition, you'll receive emails as soon as she learns of any news such as recalls. You can also find her on Facebook. If you subscribe to her Petsumer Reports, you can learn the details of what her investigative work has produced as to the exact ingredients (or lack of), as well as their sources (i.e. China), in each of her reviewed foods, both canned and dry.
As she states, only pet food companies are allowed to lie to the consumer, and allowed to falsely advertise, by our own governmental agencies meant to protect the ones who eat this food. We do most definitely need clearer guidelines and enforcement in the pet food industry.
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No longer are we a country that feeds their dog leftover table scraps, or whatever kibble we can buy cheaply. We've learned through some harrowing experiences that what goes into the food we feed our pets does, in fact, matter quite a bit. The resources supplied by Susan Thixton and her websites give us a good starting point for finding just the right food for our pets.