Friday, September 24, 2010

Holistic Dog Food and Homeopathic Vets

If you buy dog food labeled "natural", "premium", "ultra premium", "human-grade", or "holistic" I have a product for you.

Miracle Water.

And yes it works.

I promise.    I'm from the Internets, and would I lie to you?

If you go to a veterinarian or doctor that advertises themselves as "homeopathic" or one that practices "herbology," or touts themselves as being "holistic," then I have a doctor just for you.

He offers all kinds of cool stuff, including Miracle Hip Replacement Surgery.

And yes it works.

I promise.  I'm from the Internets, and would I lie to you?

And JUST REMEMBER, if Eddie Fischer had followed my advice just three days ago, he would still be alive


P.S.:   Are you tired of people calling you gullible?  Did you know that gullible is not even in the dictionary?
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Marie said...

I am still guilty as charged! ;)

I still feed Wellness, one of the very few brands that wasn't recalled during that huge recall a few years back.

Dogs are doing fine on it, my 2 old guys 15 & 16 respectively are still pretty spry for their ages, can still see pretty well and their hearing is just as selective as in their youth. I do give some credit to Wellness for keeping them in such good shape for their age.

My guilty pleasure lol.

PBurns said...


Wellness dog good has been around since 1997 and was started by the son of the guy who makes "Old Mother Hubbard" dog food.

Wellness is part of the Old Mother Hubbard, Eagle Pack and Holistic Select dog food brands, which are all under the umbrella of "WellPet."

WellPet is not a small mom and pop company.

In fact, it is a fully-owned subsidiary of Berwind Corporation, along with Elmer's Glue and the National Pen Company.

And YES it includes imported ingredients.

Well Pet, Wellness, Old Mother Hubbard, and all the other dog food companies under this umbrella, produced NONE of their own products. ZERO. Manufacturing is outsourced to 11 different contracted companies.

In short, you will NEVER have ANY IDEA where your dog food is made, or who made it. The Wellness web site certainly will not tell you.

All you can be sure of, from what I can tell from their web site, is that their dog good has NOT been subjected to a feed trial.

In September of 2009, a lawsuit was filed against Wellness alleging that Wellness's claim of "human grade" (a term with no legal definition) was untrue as the food contained feathers and non-human-grade cuts of meat. See >>

As for Menu Foods, the DID make some of Old Mother Hubbard's and Wellness' canned cat and canned dog foods. See >>

So how do you feel know about this dog food brand now?

More expensive.

Less tested.

Unknown manufacturers.

Used Menu foods.

Apparent liars when it comes to manufacturing process and oversight.

Deceptive packaging.


Marie said...

I have to tell you I still feel good about this food. It still was not in that massive 2007 recall regardless of who now manufactures it. My dogs do very well on it and have for years.

I never thought they were a Mom & Pop operation, with the distribution area they have it would be stupid of me to think that.

Until I hear the outcome of the class action lawsuit, I might have a different take regarding their claims of human grade. Human grade doesn't mean that much to me anyway. What does it mean? From what I understand there is a minimum percentage of rat hair and feces etc allowed in human food anyway. Are Twinkies considered human grade? It's all relative.

I can only go on how my dogs look and perform on what I feed them. They look good, stay lean but still retain muscle mass, coats shine and stools are small.

I can spend the few extra dollars
it costs me to feed it as I quit smoking 16 years ago. Wellness is a bargain compared to the pack and a half per day habit I had. :)

I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one.

PBurns said...

No worries -- I am NOT trying to convert anyone to one food over another. In fact, that's the point: NO dog food has EVER been shown to be better than another.

YES some dog food companies actually make their own food rather than contract it out to anonymous folks (I consider that a plus);

YES some companies have a long history and a name they do not want to damage (I consider that a plus);

YES, some companies invest very little to at least get a feed trial or two behind them (I consider that a plus).

But NO, your dog food will NOT kill your dog, and neither will a few feathers and a little "mystery meat." Have no fear there.

I do not object to the food, and I do not even object to the price.

I object to the lying and the manipulation in the sales pitch of these "holistic" and
"human-grade" and "all natural" pitches.

When they pitch nonsense to us like this, they are telling us, the consumers, they think we are idiots. Isn't that the subtext to the folks trying to sell us "Miracle Water" and "Miracle Hip Replacements."

No, prayers and bottled water will not kill us or bankrupt us.

And if it makes you feel good, go ahead.

But go in eyes wide open: you are paying more and getting less from people who are marketing malarkey. Click and treat for that, and you are sure to get a lot more of it.


Viatecio said...

Interestingly enough, the family dog eats Wellness too, only on the recommendation of our vet.

It wasn't the "holistic," "all-natural" or "human-grade" label that made it appealing to Dr Vet (and frankly I agree with you that the buzzwords just have to go).

It was the different in the quality of her dogs, from their coats to their stools, and even their demeanor (so says she!). She switched them from a well-publicized brand that sponsors vets' animal-nutrition education, just on a hunch, because she'd recommended the brand's novel protein diets to dogs with allergies and wanted to try the regular formulas to see if it was as good as her word.

Unless recalled for some kind of bacterial or chemical contamination, you're right: dog food won't kill dogs (unless it's the overfeeding thereof). But I always like to look at how a dog thrives on the food. I've seen dogs that buck the odds by being absolutely beautiful on low-end grocery store food, and I've seen dogs fed same who just look (and smell) awful. We switched our old dog from a quality food to the same vet-sponsoring brand just because he would eat it, and he definitely didn't do well in some ways, even though he gulped it down with much more gusto than he did the old brand.

I'm not surprised at all by what you've posted about Wellness and Old Mother Hubbard. Granted, saying that I don't care where the food comes from makes me no better than the ilk who feed the H$U$'s Uruguayan import, but I care about QUALITY. If I could make a homemade raw diet and make it quality, I would. For now, the dog is stuck with a kibble deemed quality (parents go on vet recommendation only, they can't think for themselves on issues like this), and if money were ever an issue, I personally would go with a non-"holistic" brand that is still quality...the deal-breaker is, though, if the dog doesn't do well on it, then that option is out. As a future canine professional, the dog is as much an advertisement as the training or the grooming or the overall health (as much as can be done without counting in genetic factors), and diet is definitely something that makes a good dog.

Seahorse said...

Viatecio, this is not remotely meant personally, but is merely prompted by your use of the term "grocery store food", though you slightly further qualified it. In any case, it always strikes me a little funny when I hear that term. I mean, is the pet food coming from grocery stores less legitimate than food that I eat? I mean, same building, which after all mainly sells food. It wasn't that long ago that a line like Iams was considered "premium" food, and yet, there it is, on my grocer's shelf. I expect the rest of the "premiums" would be there, too, if the sales departments came to terms with the grocery chains. It's got to all be exclusivity marketing ("You can't get this just ANYwhere...") and profit margins.

Amazing how many healthy pets we all had before pet super-stores came into being and pet owners' anxiety levels began increasing. The only specialty super-store I can think of that existed when I was a kid was Toy-R-Us. Most of us turned out o.k. despite our "lacking". ;)

Seahorse :)

Seahorse said...

Oh dear, I just watched the videos and cannot help but wonder: If it's really miracle water, WHY do we need it in a new, larger size? And LOVED the Miley Cyrus soundtrack to the hip replacement vid! Crack party in the USA...

Seahorse ;)

Vernon Jenewein said...

I've fed wellness looking at the ingredients as the main criteria. However, I am not a stupid man and if it is no different than something like Purina (that we fed for YEARS on the ranch), then I am not against going to something different.

Recent visit at a pet store to get Wellness I was asked if I needed help. I said I want a dog food that tasted like our cat food, 9 Lives (if I recall)as they really like for taste. Was informed by the gal in the pet store (Petco) that we should not let our dogs eat cat food as it is way too high in protein. I look and the protein content on most dog foods is pretty close to that of cat food, just that cat food has a necessary nutrient that cats need and dogs don't need. Won't hurt them, just not necessary. So, someone as a "expert" in a chain store really doesn't know much more about nutrition than the average person on the street. They are kind of picky eaters, and we have always kept the kibbles in the bowl and they can eat when they feel the need. Most of the time, they do not feed the need. We wanted them to know that they don't need to chow down, that no one is taking away their food and it's always there. Surprisingly it is not nearly as eaten as we might like. Of course we feed them goods from the table, including string beans, corn, other vegetable they might eat without any worry. Have a picture of Finn eating corn off the cob as my wife holds it and he eats it. I think he liked the butter on it but he chewed away on the corn-on-the-cob like a happy camper. Thanks for the articles!! Useful and meaningful. Vern

PBurns said...

Cat food is not. Harm to dogs, though most dogs would do with more roughage. I had to feed a dog cat food through a trachea tube once --- got him healthy.