Recently I read where a popular dog food company Royal Canin was changing its formula from real chicken and chicken meal to chicken by-products. I found it hard to believe because this would make it no better than the dog food found in every grocery store.
Since it was hard to imagine why they would change this product with many long time satisfied customers I went to their Facebook page and simply asked them the question, ” Are you changing your formula to chicken by-products”?
They responded but not on their site, maybe they don’t want to many people to know. Their answer was and I quote ” We have transitioned to chicken by-product meal in our MED, MAXI and Giant formulas. This change allows us to provide the same or superior nutritional benefits without competing with the human food supply. Thank you.”
I know there are people starving in the world but I don’t believe that there is any shortage of chickens in the U.S. This might be more believable if every dog food company suddenly started using by-products and when I went to the grocery store it was hard to find any chicken, but that isn’t the case.
I think the real reason for their change of formula has nothing to do with saving chicken for starving humans, it’s simply about money. If that was the real reason wouldn’t they change the formula in all their dog food. Could it be that the many small dog owners will not stand for feeding their dog by-products of any kind?
Should we start feeling guilty every time we feed our pets quality dog food? Royal Canin’s guilt trip is much like what your parents did when you didn’t finish your food as a child and they would say “There are people starving in the world.” My unspoken response was, ” Well, let’s send them this along with that spinach we had for supper.” The majority of parents were not worried about world hunger only that we finish our food so we may remain healthy and eat less junk food. I contest what Royal Canin is saying is no different from what our parents said to us as children and they are using the same guilt trip. They want us to continue buying their dog food because there are starving people in the world. If we continue to feed our pets chicken will it create a chicken shortage or will more people just raise chickens?
The difference between chicken meal and chicken by-products
To help you understand what this really means when you buy the new and improved Royal Canin dog food, what it use to contain was “Poultry Meal the dry rendered product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone.
Now Royal Canin dog food with chicken by-products will contain the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices. It may also contain chicken intestines and/or chicken feces. There’s no doubt when you use ingredients like these you are creating an inferior dog food. Is there anyone who believes that this new pet food formulation has the same or superior nutritional benefits as Royal Canin insists?
My motto for feeding my dogs a quality pet food has always been like the old automotive oil commercial, ” pay me now or pay me later.” Buy a quality food that cost more money now or pay more money at the veterinarians later.