In early 2007, owners began reporting that their cats and dogs mysteriously died after eating tainted pet food. Menu Foods issued a recall, but for months, it was unknown why pets were having kidney failure. Veterinarians began to share information and the FDA found melamine (used to make plastic) and cyanuric acid (used to chlorinate pools) in the food. Neither is approved to be used in pet foods and raises questions about how pet food is produced and how owners can protect their pets from future problems.
December 2, 2007
In recent years, organic pet food had become more popular—however, there is still no reliable scientific research to back up the perceived benefits of organic pet food. People may believe organic pet food is better, which leads them to buy the product, but is this ethical marketing by organic products? Should organic pet food makers conduct research in order to know if their products are healthier?
October 27, 2007
If you ask Americans where to buy a dog, it is likely that most would tell you to go a pet store in almost any shopping mall in the country. There, in the front window, you would see all kinds of animals, including some of the most adorable looking puppies you could imagine. These puppies often appear playful and healthy, and are available to take home that instant. However, there is a secret about where some of these dogs come from that every prospective dog owner should know.
September 19, 2007