What's in those tins of dog food on your shelf?

Are your tins of dog food full of poison? Are you worried about the pet food recall? Read Jimmie's story about Dylan.

"I was terrified when I heard about the pet food recall. I had tins of dog food in my house with that exact brand name on! I heard on the radio that dogs and cats had died - I threw them out straight away, and when I saw my collie, Dylan, hadn't finished his breakfast yet, I scraped that into the bin too.

"Dylan hadn't shown any sign of being ill, but I knew that didn't mean much: once he'd picked up colitis from a poor-quality meat bone, and I had no idea he was sick until I saw blood in his mess. After losing two dogs very young to tragic accidents, I knew I wouldn't be able to bear losing Dylan too.

"I knew I'd never buy that brand again, but how can I be sure I can trust any pet food brand? I've heard on the Internet about other ways of feeding dogs, like RAW, which use real meat instead of tinned or dry biscuit pet food, but I don't know if I can afford that, and I don't always have the time to go out and get special food: the tinned stuff comes in the weekly food delivery (or did, up until I heard about this).

"I'm so worried for Dylan's health, and I don't know what to do. My grandmother, who has a cat, says she isn't worried about the recall because she feeds dry food and she doesn't believe that could become contaminated.

"I will probably switch to dry food until I think of something better: currently, I am giving Dylan table scraps and tinned tuna (suitable for human consumption), which he likes (obviously!) but I can't do this forever. I don't trust the pet food manufacturers any more, and Dylan's the one who is going to suffer from this."

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