Many people have become hyper-aware about natural, organic, chemical free foods and farming. Why do we not give the same attention to the foods we feed our animals? Pet food manufacturers spend big money on marketing and advertising to convince us that pet food is healthy when actually we know little about its ingredients. Ideally, pet food should be made mostly of chicken, turkey, beef or sweet potatoes and not meal or byproduct.
There are however, many toxic ingredients that are prevalent in pet food and should be on your watch-out list. Among the artificial or chemically compounded stuff found in pet food, some are quite toxic, despite having been declared safe by the FDA. While small amounts of these chemicals may not seem harmful, after accumulating in your dog or cat’s body over time, they can prove highly dangerous or even deadly.
This chemical used as a preservative was designed as a pesticide. Its consumption has been shown to cause kidney and liver damage, leukemia, cancer, blindness, immune deficiency syndrome, hair loss, and chronic diarrhea. Banned in Australia and the European Union, the US deems it legal to use in pet food.
2. BHA and BHT
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are pet food preservatives that have been proven to cause to cancer cell growth in lab animals.
3. Propylene Glycol
This chemical preservative can also be found in anti-freeze, electronic cigarette vapor and polymers. It has been shown to have a severe effect on red blood cells in cats, as well as being harmful to the liver, kidneys and brain in various animals.
4. Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (TSPP)
This chemical is used in cat food to emulsify and break down particles to make food more digestible. It’s also used in household cleaning products. While it is not toxic enough to cause death, it has been linked to nausea and diarrhea symptoms.
5. Dicalcium Phosphate (DCP)
This calcium supplement and tartar control agent is meant to improve the texture of pet food. In the body, however, it can cause the hardening of organ tissue as well as kidney stones.
From now on, read the labels on your pet’s food and check for any suspicious sounding chemicals. Better yet, find a great organic, whole pet food and make the switch.