Why Dog Food Preservatives Can Be Dangerous
by Keith Somers / Like Dog Wonders on Facebook
Dog food preservatives may be good/ natural, or bad/artificial. Let’s leave an inquiry about the good preservatives for another article and another time. The focus here must be on the bad, artificial or chemical preservatives. Why? Read on!
Dog Food Preservatives, Over Time Can Be Toxic
Generally, pet food will quickly spoil without some kind of temperature controls or preservatives. Dog food preservatives with chemicals are designed to do two things. They extend the shelf life and reduce fat spoilage or the rancidity of dry pet foods and pet treats.
Pet food sold in stores is not straight from the manufacturer. It may take as long as a year. It has to get from the plant, to the warehouse, to the store, to the shelf and to your purchase of the product. Hence the need for chemical dog food preservatives. The natural ones are more of a short term fix.
Over an extended period of time, studies have shown that such artificial preservatives used in pet foods and treats, may result in dry skin, allergic reactions, dental disease, adverse effects on liver and kidney functions, stomach tumors, and enhanced bladder and kidney carcinogenics.
Dog Food Preservatives, the Artificial Chemical Kind,
Must Be Carefully Avoided
The bottom line is our pets have to eat—and, they have no choice in what we choose to put before them. And mostly, it is the same old, same old—day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. It’s the cumulative, relentless effect of artificial, chemical dog food preservatives that should keep us up at night. Finally, no one of us knows how much longer these family members would live and enjoy life in our homes—IF they were fortunate enough to have never ingested a single chemical preservative—EVER!
It should be a no-brainer. Avoid dog food preservatives used in dry foods and assorted treats. Here’s a list of the more common artificial preservatives:
- Propylene Glycol – A key component used in non-automotive anti-freeze.
- Ethoxyquin – It is used as a hardening agent for making synthetic rubber and also pesticides.
- BHA, Butylated Hydroxanisole – Rubber and petroleum products contain this chemical.
- BHT, Butylated Hydroxtoluene – The chemical may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity.
- TBHQ, Tertiary Butylhydroquinone – This one has been found to produce pre-cancerous stomach tumors in laboratory animals. It can cause damage to a cell’s DNA2.
- Propyl Gallate – Studies have shown this one to be carcinogenic in animals.
- Tocopherois – Here is a toxicity risk. Why take it?
Of course, there are many factors, other than dog food preservatives, that can negatively affect the pets who eat at our table. But, wouldn’t it be far better to come down on the safe side of this issue?
Dog Food Preservatives—the Answer Is With You!
Your dog or cat is a member of your family. Feeding a pet some chemical preservative, so that the product can have a longer shelf life makes no sense? Feeding dog food preservatives (the bad kind), not just occasionally, but with every meal, every treat—run the other way, as fast as you can! Look for a safer, naturally-preserved product. Look for a fresh-to-your-door product that needs no preservatives at all. Watch the following 2 minute video from Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, one of Life’s Abundance Staff Veterinarians.
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