Friday, March 20, 2009

Buy Nestle today

Let's all buy some Nestle products today to make sure their conscientiousness pays. They inspected the facilities of the Peanut Corporation of America and chose not to buy peanuts from them. Kellogg and others didn't bother to do such an inspection and used PCA as a supplier.

On a related Nestle note, Karma the dog has had a couple bouts of pancreatitis. Diet plays a role in pancreatitis. Her first episode was clearly the result of a massive dose of fatty turkey leftovers during the holidays. But the second had no clear cause, so I have been trying to look into dog food nutrition. I am sure some dog foods are significantly more nutritious than others but good information on them is hard to find. The labels don't help much. For one thing, they give only guaranteed minimums for protein and fat, but no maximums, so if you set out to find a low fat food, you can't really. Sure, you can rely on their claim to be low fat, but there's no way to be sure one brand's low fat version is lower fat than some other brand's regular version. Price is no guarantee of quality. Vet recommendations are considered suspect by some because vets get a commission on the food they sell in their offices. What's a dog owner to do? I got a consultation with a vet at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital, a research and teaching facility that doesn't sell dog food. She recommended Purina Dog Chow or Purina One, saying that Purina products are high quality because Purina comes at the pet food business from the world of prescription food for treating medical conditions. My own vet had said the same thing.

Purina is a Nestle brand.

And by the way, giving your dog fresh "people" food is fraught with dangers in achieving proper nutritional content. The vet said the only time they ever have to deal with malnourished dogs (excluding neglect) is when owners tried to cook for them.

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