Pet Food: What’s Poultry digest?

Poultry digest - A palatability enhancer made by reducing (cooking down) meat and fat into concentrated liquid or dry product. Poultry digest can be made from any fowl (turkey, geese, buzzards, etc.) This is an inconsistent ingredient which can contain unpredictable birds unsuitable for human consumption.

I got the definition above from a website that makes pet foods. If you clearly understand the definition please let me know. I find it vague.

Poultry digest is something I do not want to feed my pets and it’s in loads of pet foods. If you’re squeamish, you might want to stop reading here. If you really want to know what it is keep reading.

It’s partially digested food and bird poo and that comes from the slaughtered bird’s intestines. When they kill the bird, they pull out all the organs. They take the intestines and squeeze out all the gook. Then they sell the gook to lots of pet food companies as a cheap filler and “palatability enhancer”. If the food’s so bad that this will make it taste better I’m leaving it on the shelf. It’s totally disgusting and not necessary. Also not suitable for human consumption. They’re calling it meat and fat because it does come from an animal, it’s just not much of either.

Buzzards? Why are they mentioning buzzards? What other bird breeds are they talking about? City pigeons?

Don’t feed your pets foods or treats that contain this ingredient, if they’ve got this in them chances are they’ve got other nasty stuff that will only make your pet sick in the long run.

4 comments to “Pet Food: What’s Poultry digest?”

  1. on 17 Nov 2011 at 1:46 pmSarita

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  2. on 23 Dec 2015 at 4:23 amGabriel

    Thank you so much for doing the research! I too wondered, while feeding my great dog a well known brand of teeth cleaning treats; what, on this earth, could possibly be Dried Poultry Digest… Other than what it obviously appears to be? Dehydrated Bird Crap. Wow! What is it with these pet food manufacturers? Why do they incessantly have to put nasty Byproducts, and fillers like Dried Fowl Poop, (let’s call it what it is,) etc, in expensive Food and Treats that we purchase? As always, profit before form.

  3. on 27 Dec 2015 at 8:37 pmMichelle

    What a great post! Thank you so much for sharing this. That vague definition sounds more like a lie. There should be stricter laws regarding pet food – legally I don’t think this inaccurate definition would be tolerated if it was labelled for humans.

  4. on 28 Jul 2016 at 2:19 pmGloria

    Horrifying information! But needs to be available for our pet’s protection. Sadly profits are the only concern of unethical businesses who have no concern for the health and safety of our beloved pets. Thank you for raising awareness on this important topic!!!

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