The Developers and Manufacturers of Species-Appropriate Rations for Dogs and Cats







Dogs and cats have come to us over the millennia unchanged.  The diets that assured their survival were composed of internal organs (today they are called by-products), flesh, fat, bone, and blood.  It is an indisputable fact that each component of their diet is critically important.  Animals consuming these diets exclusively have no allergies, no bloat, and no torsion.  None experience breakdowns during growth (hip dysplasia and PANO, etc.).  They have no reproductive disorders, no gastrointestinal breakdowns, thyroid, kidney, heart problems, diabetes, or urinary tract blockages; these breakdowns and others are all nonexistent on properly structured diets containing large supplies of by-products.

While the nutritional needs of companion carnivores have not changed, what is being offered in the marketplace has.  Without scientific justification, and lacking all common sense, various misinformed individuals have chosen to discourage the inclusion of by-products in dog food.  By so doing, as you will learn from this article, diets today have diverged so radically from the proven diets that have sustained small carnivores over millions of years that virtually every animal today is at risk.

Here is what has happened: many of today's diets, especially those where the first ingredient is fresh beef muscle meat or fresh chicken that do not contain quality by-products meals are at fault.  These so-called "fresh meat" or "fresh chicken-based" foods are nothing more than cleverly disguised grain-based diets.  The bulk of the protein in these diets is grain protein (gluten), which is a protein with the lower nutritional value that also causes undesirable side effects in the animal.

Here is a typical example of how industry represents a gluten-based food as a "meat"-based food.

The overriding point about these diets that feature fresh meat or fresh chicken mixed into a dry kibble is that only 20% of the formula can be fresh meat or chicken.  20% of one pound (454 grams) is 90.8 grams.  Of that 90.8 grams of "meat" 75% is moisture, leaving 22.7 grams of solids, of which about half or 11.35 grams is protein.  Since most dry diets contain 25% protein or 113.5 grams, 11.35 grams of fresh meat solids represents only 10% of the protein in the diet.  In order to properly fill the protein requirement of the diet, an additional 102.15 grams of animal protein solids are needed.  Without by-products meals there is no way to meet the protein levels needed to match the dependable diets of old.  Without the use of by-products meals, the only other ingredients available in the marketplace from which to reach the needed protein levels are inferior grain protein (gluten) or dangerous soy.  When "fresh" chicken is used in place of beef muscle meat, the law allows chicken skin to be used in place of chicken while still listing it as chicken; therefore there is no way to discover how much of the chicken is chicken skin, a much lower quality protein source.  Another noteworthy point is that the beef muscle meat used in kibbled dog food is almost exclusively derived from downed animals, whereas chicken or poultry by-products meals are of equal nutritional quality (or higher) as fresh beef or whole chicken and are derived primarily from animals slaughtered for human consumption.  Because people generally do not consume by-products, enormous quantities derived from animals slaughtered for human consumption are available for the feeding of animals.  This is the opposite of many misconceptions advanced by popular sources of misinformation.

The best solution are the diets closest to those that have sustained animals over the millennia.  First and foremost is the Abady granular Formula for Maintenance and Stress.  93.3% of the protein in the diet (on a solids basis) is of the highest quality animal protein, containing the ideal ratios of flesh from select menhaden fish meal to valuable chicken by-products meals and beef meals.

If a kibbled formula is desired, Abady's Allstar contains both red meat and an excellent complement of chicken by-products meal and beef meal, with 81% of the protein coming from animal sources.  A second highly desirable kibbled formula is Abady's New Frontier whole chicken meal formula (83% of the protein is derived from animal sources).

Clearly for a diet to be successful, one of the most important aspects is the liberal inclusion of by-products meals.  For other essential factors that will assure good health in your companion carnivores, write to The Robert Abady Dog Food Company for more information at: 201 Smith Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or call us at (845) 473-1900.

The Robert Abady Dog & Cat Food Company, Ltd.