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Dog Sausage

Just wish to inquire re the above food for animals. I have found recently in the last few months when I cut into the 3kg size meat there is water running out, as if the item has been frozen, this has never happened before.
My thoughts were maybe with the hold up with food etc they may have been frozen, or is this a sneaky way for adding a few dollars to the Company
profits my reducing weight. We dont of course weigh in when we come home, maybe we should have.

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Could you please provide more details on where you purchased, what specific product, and where is it made?

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Further to @meltam’s questions, is it ‘3 kg’ or ‘3 kg(e)’? For the background see the topic

and scroll toward the end to learn about the ‘AQS’.

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If it contains meat, all meats release water over time (including after packing of the product) - it is a natural ageing process of meat. Over time meats lose moisture which will become free moisture within the packaging it is stored. At the time of packing, this free moisture would not have existed as it would have been bound up in the meat.

If the product contains salts, the release of water will be increased (salts will cause water to be removed from ingredients containing water, due to the osmosis effect). Often processed meats (such as sausages) there are ingredients which can assist in the retention of water in the product. If it a processed sausage meat for animals, it is also likely to have water added to counteract for those ingredients which are dry (such as binding agents etc) to achieve a constant moisture content in the final product.

Freezing can also cause increase of water loss as freezing can rupture cells causing fluid release. This is evident when one freezes meat at home only to find when it is thawed, the meat has lost some water.

If it has released some water, it could also be due to the age of the meat product or the amount of salt added as well.

Looking online, most 3kg ‘sausages’ for dog contain a range of ingredients including meat, minerals, binding/moisture retention agents and salts. Some outlets (specialist pet food stores) also sell such products as a frozen product.

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Australian manufacturing of animal food is unregulated and it’s a problem. I purchased a brand of sausage that stated it was salmon and rice (our dogs love fish). It had bones in it! I was horrified as I stupidly thought it was uncooked rice making the crunch noise when I cut it up for them. I wrote to the company about the issue and cited a evidence based paper from the RSPCA about risk to perforated bowels due to fish bones…I heard crickets from them!

While our dogs are fed on home made dog food and have a mineral supplement, occasionally, and for a break, I have purchased dog sausage as it’s better than canned which has salt, it’s stinky and fatty dog food. Never-the-less, sausage it is still take-away and we use it sparingly and only on occasion. Even with the better brand of dog sausage that purport vegies, their version is sparingly grated carrots and soya beans as an example. In contrast, our corgis have at least 5 different vegie types (incl greens) and it’s obvious - as you can see them in there! Our eldest dog (the mother) is turning 11 and is fit as a fiddle and healthy. Their coat and agility tell the story. I would never trust the pet food industry and frankly treat manufactured dog food as McDonalds or at best Legs and Breast! In other words it’s scalable in terms of un-healthy.

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This may be relevant, as I think pet food would have even less controls .

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