Animal Digest


New member
Aug 22, 2001
Henderson, KY
So, having read the ingredients of the swill I feed my dog every day (thanks Elky!) and seeing the ingredient "animal digest," I decided to find out just what that was--it sure SOUNDS nasty!

Turns out it is. Here's a few of the definitions I got from various websites, ranging from PETA Nazis to more scientific analysis:
Disturbing news. There was a 'mad cow' man on Coast to Coast AM last night, discussing the disease and the ramifications, etc. (Apparently a lot of people who have Alzheimer's actually have mad cow! And after they die doctors won't perform autopsies to make sure because they're scared of touching mad cow brains.) So, I was feeling a little vegetarian smug-ness, though I was crushed by talk of the cows eating feed that has both other cows AND cow feces in it. It's doubly creepy cuz cows are natural herbivores; they are not designed to eat any meat at all, let alone engage in cannibalism. Other things in cow feed: roadkill, and dogs and cats that have been euthenized. I knew of this before, from Eric Schlosser's great book Fast Food Nation, but it's still so sad to hear. Then the man (I wish I could remember his name; he called himself 'The Mad Cowboy,' I think) said that sometimes our pets have the same sort of thing in their feed, too! I have read the ingredients on Sambuca's food before, so I wasn't concerned, but then he said that if the ingredients list 'animal digest,' that is just evil-man-talk for FECES. It was 1 in the morning but I jumped out of bed and checked; sure enough, Sambuca is eating literal shit every day. I was so upset, because I'm very careful about what I eat, but with Sam I really haven't paid too much attention. So tomorrow I'm going to go to a pet store and buy her a huge bag of organic, vegetarian cat food (They actually make that! It has plant protein in it). Anyway. What a creepy night. (Morgan - check Bro's food!)
Now that you’ve confronted the source of “dog food” I am going to really gross you out. Do not ever, ever, ever buy a product that says “animal digest.” Please. “Digest” is bad enough, you read what I just said, but “animal” digest could be your neighbor’s lost dog. Or what is “disposed of” after they have “disposed” of the one-time pets at the humane society. Nothing is wasted and nothing is refused. Cocker Spaniels, someone’s beloved little mop-haired lap dog that got lost, that litter of kittens the people down the street said they “found homes for” all of that becomes “animal digest.”

Animal Digest is a material, which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. Animal digest is a palatability enhancer, which can contain unpredictable parts from animals of unknown origin.

Comment: Animal Digest is usually used as a pet food flavouring. It is a cooked-down broth made from unspecified parts of unspecified animals. Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, etc. The animals can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination.

No matter who you believe, it adds up to "Yuk."


New member
Dec 20, 2000
Jackson, Wyoming
Good find D.

Not very appealing is it. :eek: ;)


[ 02-28-2004, 11:58: Message edited by: RogueWarrior1957 ]

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