What dog/cat food ingredients should pet parents stay away from and why?
Carrageenan in canned food – highly inflammatory.
Meat and bone meal – from rendered animals, may have high levels of heavy metals and euthanasia solution
Unspecified meat or meat by-products – can be from any animal, including euthanized zoo animals, horses, and road kill
Preservatives like BHA, BHT, and glyceryl monostearate – These are carcinogenic.
Animal digest – from rendered animals (which can be anything, including 4D meat, zoo animals, road kill, etc), made from enzymatic or chemical hydrolysis of rendered animals and animal parts
Sugar, dextrose, maltose, maltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup – sugars are not good for pet health
Dyes – carcinogenic, add no value other than making the product more pleasing to the owner
Propylene glycol – chemically derived from ethylene glycol, which is antifreeze, a substance deadly to pets.
Ethoxyquin – this is a carcinogenic preservative. It may be added to fish meal at sea and does not have to be posted on the label if not added at the pet food plant.
Rendered fat – Can be from euthanized or diseased animals. Generally high in toxins which are stored in fat.
Corn – usually GMO and can be high in aflatoxins which come from molds and cause liver damage.
Corn and wheat glutens – highly pro-inflammatory. Wheat gluten from China brought melamine to the US, which caused kidney damage and death to thousands of pets.
Copper sulfate – it has been used as a pesticide and germicide, fungicide, and bactericide. Industrially, it is used as an electrolyte for batteries and as an electroplating agent. There are safer forms of copper that can be added to food.
Menadione – Banned from human supplements. Toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce organ damage.
Look for high quality ingredients with names you can pronounce. Look for real food ingredients. Don’t be fooled by the pet food industry trying to put waste ingredients in your pet’s food.