Ingredients to Avoid in Your Pets’ Diet

The below list of ingredients are ingredients to avoid in your pets’ diet.  Keep in mind that their food and treats make up their diets. A correct diet can help your pet if your pet is itchy, smelly, chews at their paws or has ear issues (just to name a few examples) .

Ingredients List

Meat by-products:  The  “by-products” from the meat, but not including meat:  lungs, spleen, kidneys, brains, liver, blood,  bone, intestines, none of which are fit for human consumption.  Livers can be infected with worms (liver  flukes), lungs with pneumonia, kidneys and brains can be cancerous.  – Ann Martin, Foods Pets Die For, (New Sage  Press, 1997.)

Meat meal:  Meat meal can  consist of just about any conceivable meat source.  If the meat is named i.e. chicken meal or  beef meal it is a good source of protein.  Even destroyed dogs and cats are rendered into  meat meal for several name-brand animal foods.   Liz Palika, The Consumer’s Guide  to Dog Food; states:  “Sodium  pentobarbital, which is used to euthanize dogs and cats, survives the rendering  process and will remain in the meat that is sold to the dog food  manufacturers.”

Corn/Wheat:  Corn or wheat should not appear as an  ingredient in your dog food.  “Corn can  cause common allergies such as skin disorders, increased chewing on paws or ear  infections.  Most corn and wheat that are  used in dog food are very low grade and often linked to food recalls.”  Liz Palika, The Consumer’s Guide to Dog Food. They are also cheap fillers that  have little or no nutritional value.

Corn  gluten meal:  Corn gluten meal is a  by-product of the manufacture of corn syrup or starch.  The nutritional bran, germ, and starch have  been removed.

Soy:  Found in treats,  vitamins, and some commercial dog foods. Soybeans are planted to draw toxins  from the soil.   “A dog’s digestive  system cannot utilize the amino acids from soy.”  Dr. Mindel, Nutrition and Health for Dogs.

Beet Pulp:  Beet pulp is the  dried residue from the sugar beet.  It is  a source of sugar and fiber.  However, it  can seriously bind a dog’s digestive tract.   It draws moisture from the intestines, absorbs the moisture, and swells  to ten times its dry state.  The effect  is a slowing of the dog’s natural elimination process, which can lead to very  hard stools.  – Dr. Mindel, Nutrition and Health for Dogs.

BHT, BHA:  Chemical  preservatives such as BHT and BHA have caused some concerns when tested on  laboratory animals.  “Both have been  associated with liver damage, fetal abnormalities, and metabolic stress and  have a questionable relationship to cancer.” – Liz Palika, The Consumer’s Guide  to Dog Food (Simon & Schuster/Macmillan Company, NY, 1996).

Ethoxyquin:  Ethoxyquin is a  chemical preservative used to prevent spoilage in dog foods.  It is a 1950’s Monsanto product manufactured  and sold as a chemical for making rubber!   It is listed as a pesticide by the USDA and has not been approved for  use in foods slated for human consumption.   The Animal Protection Institute of America has reported that ethoxyquin  may be associated with infertility, neonatal illness and death, skin and hair  coat problems, immune disorders and thyroid, pancreas, and liver  dysfunctions.  – Dr. Goldstein, D.V.M., The Nature of Animal Healing.

Propylene glycol:  Propylene  glycol is a preservative found in rawhide and dog food.  It is also a component of antifreeze and can  cause the destruction of red blood cells.

Dyes:   Unnecessary additions to dog food or treats, dyes have been linked to  skin allergies and reactions in many dogs and cats.  Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 2.  “All are inorganic or toxic.” – Dr. Goldstein.

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