Yap films’ new documentary, PET FOOD: A DOG’S BREAKFAST, delves into the world of pet food manufacturing and profiles three pet owners who said their pets have gotten sick or died as a result of eating tainted food.
The documentary also features Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, a veterinarian and someone who used to work in the pet food industry. Hodgkins says in the documentary, “Unfortunately the pet food industry is cutting corners, is not doing the testing it says it’s doing, is not using the quality of ingredients it wants pet owners to believe are in that bag and can, and is not forthcoming with pet owners about those facts. It is not a truthful industry.”
In the documentary, Ppet owners also speak out about what they went through when their pets became ill or were dying from eating recalled food. They speak about their anger and the emotional trauma that they endured.
Dr. Meg Smart, of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, says that expensive pet foods labeled ‘premium’ are often no better or different than cheaper food. She also warns that many vets don’t know as much about pet food as consumers think they do.
PET FOOD: A DOG’S BREAKFAST airs on Thursday January 24, 2008 at 9pm on CBC-TV and will repeat on Saturday January 26 at 10pm ET on CBC Newsworld.