13 Pet Food Ingredients to avoid-DNM

Thanks to non-enforcement of federal food safety laws, pet food is provided the privilege to include…shall I say…less than optimal ingredients.

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Here is a list of those common ‘less than optimal’ pet food and pet treat ingredients, plus a few more questionable ingredients.

Animal Fat

(Preserved with BHA/BHT) – is a fat produced through the rendering process; imagine a very large pot that cooks a variety of animal ingredients. The fat that rises to the top of the pot becomes Animal Fat.

FDA testing of pet food linked this ingredient to the discovery of the euthanizing drug pentobarbital (used to end the life of dogs, cats, and horses) in pet food. Any animal including euthanized animals, road kill, diseased animals (per FDA associations) can be the source of this fat.

BHA/BHT

Are chemical preservatives linked to serious illness.

Canola Oil

Is a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets.

Carrageenan

Is a seaweed extract used as a thickener; linked to serious illness.

Chicken By-Product Meal

– per AAFCO – consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines.

By-Products could be sourced from healthy internal organs of slaughtered animals OR the by-products could be sourced from diseased tissues rejected as human grade.

The concern for the petsumer is there is no way of knowing the quality.

Ethoxyquin

Is a chemical preservative linked to serious illness.

Not as commonly used as a pet food ingredient as it once was, however this questionable ingredient can still be found in some grocery store type pet foods and treats AND is used to preserve fish meal pet food ingredients (prior to manufacturing).

Corn, Soy, and Wheat

Ingredients – Many pet food experts believe corn, soy, and wheat ingredients are less than optimal and a possible source of food allergens in pets.

Another significant concern with grains is the risk of mycotoxins or mold. Testing of grain ingredients for the presence of mycotoxins is challenging to be 100% complete (only portions of shipments of grains are tested for this deadly mold).

Further, there is science that shows even small amounts of mycotoxins (undetected by testing) – over time – can cause serious health issues with pets. A final concern of grain ingredients is the majority of grain products are GM (genetically modified); recent science has linked GM corn to liver and kidney disease in animals.

To learn more about mycotoxins, Click Here.

Food Dyes

(yellow #5, red #40, blue #2, …) – Food dyes in animal studies are linked to everything from tumors to hyperactivity. Dyes are added to pet food/treat solely for ‘eye appeal’ of the petsumer; they add no nutritional benefit to the pet whatsoever.

Meat By Products 

Is the mammal parts other than meat. By-Products could be sourced from healthy internal organs of slaughtered animals OR the by-products could be sourced from diseased tissues rejected as human grade.

The concern for the petsumer is there is no way of knowing the quality.

Meat and Bone Meal

AAFCO definition “is the rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents…”

FDA testing of pet food linked this ingredient to the discovery of the euthanizing drug pentobarbital (used to end the life of dogs, cats, and horses) in pet food.

Any animal including euthanized animals, road kill, diseased animals (per FDA associations) can be the source of this ingredient.

Poultry By-Product Meal

– per AAFCO – consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines.

This ingredient can be any type of poultry (chicken, duck, turkey, and so forth).  By-Products could be sourced from healthy internal organs of slaughtered animals OR the by-products could be sourced from diseased tissues rejected as human grade.

The concern for the petsumer is there is no way of knowing the quality.

TBHQ

Is a chemical preservative related to BHA. Studies have shown that prolonged use has links to cancer.

Turkey By-Product Meal

Per AAFCO: Consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered turkey such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines.

By-Products could be sourced from healthy internal organs of slaughtered animals OR the by-products could be sourced from diseased tissues rejected as human grade.

The concern for the petsumer is there is no way of knowing the quality.

Read the ingredients of every food or treat you provide your pet!

[NOTE: Click Here to learn exactly how to avoid the worst of the worst in dog food production with our free video guide.]

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