Bad Pet Foods And Cancer-A Brew For Disaster |
|Commercial Pet Foods Contain Chemicals That Cause Cancer
How to protect your pet
By Sheraton Glorsky
Recently pet owners worldwide were shocked when reports revealed
pets are getting cancer from their commercially produced pet
It's no wonder this tragedy has been allowed to happen. Two
thirds of the pet food made in the U.S. is packed with
preservatives. Foods also include a host of coloring agents,
emulsifiers, lubricants, flavoring agents, pH control agents,
synergists, and solvents.
According to the respected Animal Protection Institute, of the
more than 8,600 recognized food additives used in pet foods, no
toxicity information is available for almost half of them.
EQ (ethoxyquin) is by far the most common antioxidant
preservative in pet foods. It has been found in some dogs'
livers and tissues months after the animal stopped eating it.
EQ is listed as a hazardous chemical by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) and is considered a pesticide
the USDA. It is used in most US dog food, but is banned in
Europe. The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine recently
requested that commercial pet food companies voluntarily reduce
the maximum level for ethoxyquin by half.
Many experts feel the current level, and possibly even the newly
suggested lower level, is a major contributor to cancer in pets.
Equally alarming, chemical preservatives including "BHA", "BHT",
"ethoxyquin",and "propyl gallate" have been shown to cause cancer
in lab mice. Although statistics have not yet been compiled for
how many millions of dogs and cats have contracted cancer after
ingesting these chemicals, the danger is clear.
Alarms bells should be going off for any pet owner who wants to
see his or her pet live a long and happy life with good, safe
Commercial, corporate pet foods are hardly regulated and more
often than not contain a shocking multitude of harmful
ingredients. Chemicals causing cancer is only the latest
One study tracked the ingredients in a leading corporate pet food
to materials condemned for human consumption including rotten
meat from supermarket shelves, restaurant grease, dying
livestock, and road kill.
An article published in the San Francisco Chronicle quoted
employees from a rendering plant producing pet food. The plant
was processing approximately 250,000 to 500,000 pounds of
animals, scraps and more, including "somewhere between 10,000 and
30,000 pounds of dogs and cats a day."
It's clear that commercially produced pet foods leave a lot to be
desired and are most likely downright harmful to your pet's
health. Instead, opt for organically produced pet foods made by
smaller companies. These small producers have higher standards
and are not under pressure to compete with major commercial
Keep your pets healthy!
Helping Your Pet Survive
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