Don’t Buy Cheap Toxic Pet FoodOn February 1, 2021 by webmaster
There are nine common pet food ingredients, but they are rarely found on pet food labels. Some of these ingredients are beef, turkey, lamb, goat, pig, seafood, dairy products, corn, rice, and potatoes. Even though they are common ingredients, you may not be aware that each one of them contains a specific health threat. In this article, we will review the nine most commonly used pet food ingredients and their link to health problems. The goal of this article is to help you avoid consuming pet food with these ingredients while providing you with a list of the health hazards associated with them.
Beef is a by-product of cattle production. Cows are fed a variety of feeds including grains and corn which are used as fertilizers, additives, and hormones. Over time, this beef can become contaminated with BSE (mad cow disease) and BPA. The toxin BSE affects the intestines and is believed to be connected to degenerative diseases such as cancer, lymphoma, and Alzheimer’s. There have been recent recalls of pet food because of this toxin, but the large pet food companies continue to use it in their pet food.
Just because a food has a long shelf life, doesn’t mean you want to purchase it on impulse. Check the pet food manufacturer’s websites and look for a complete list of ingredients. Many pet food manufacturers are required to list the minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients in their pet foods. Look for the nutrient ratio, the MOS (meal grade) rating, the net grade (weight percent), and the pH (alkalinity).
Pet food companies often describe their main meat sources as “game meal”, “bison meat”, “lamb”, “canned fish” or “ground beef”. The only source of a nutrient that is completely natural (and therefore safe) is the “meat meal” that is used in making pet food. It is a by-product of the cattle’s hooves. So while you may be cutting up your pet’s hooves, you should also cut your pet’s nails to reduce the risk of cancer. The only way to be completely safe is to avoid the ingredient: “meat meal”.
Pet food companies rarely explain the reason why they add vegetable oil and other fillers to their pet food. The simple answer is that the extra cost increases the profit margin for the pet food company. This extra money then pays for the filler ingredient(s). Fish oil is not the same as animal protein; it has a much higher molecular weight and does not provide any nutrients.
The pet food manufacturers say that pet food needs to be nutritionally balanced, but the truth is that they are just trying to increase profits. Do you really want to put harmful chemicals in your pet’s food? I would hate to see you buy pet food from a pet food manufacturer that puts harmful chemicals like Sodium Pentobarbital in their product.