The three ingredients below spell illness for your cat or dog.
If they’re listed on the package of your pet’s food, you need to reevaluate the brand of food you buy.
These three ingredients are quite common. I explain why they’re necessary to avoid right here:
I have two dogs, Cooper and Gracelynn. Cooper, unfortunately, was born sickly and has developed an auto-immune disease.
While not the chief reason he developed the disease, it is important for me to note here that Cooper has flare-ups whenever he consumes grain (which is not often – only if he gets into our trash!).
Cooper’s flare-ups manifest themselves in ulcers on his tongue or bloating. CBD Oil helps with these symptoms by reducing inflammation and pain.
Overall, grain is bad news for your dog or cat. It is not part of either animal’s biologically appropriate diet. But you may have heard that…
…Grain-free dog food can cause heart disease.
Tragically some brands marketing grain-free dog food that still contain carbs, and this is what causes heart problems. To explain, I will quote veterinarian Karen Becker: “Unfortunately, many dry formulas are loaded with carbs, which can lead to blood sugar fluctuations, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes and other health problems in dogs.”
So, a grain free diet is best, but dry pet food marketed as ‘grain-free’ is not always trustworthy and, as the FDA has warned, can cause heart disease.
2. Cheap Plant Protein
Pet food companies may add plant-based protein to their cat/dog foods. This may seem like a positive from a pet owner’s point of view. But here’s why it’s not.
Cats and dogs must be fed a biologically appropriate diet. Animal protein is a big part of that species appropriate diet, but plant-based protein isn’t because it lacks certain amino acids necessary for these animals to live properly.
Pet companies like to meet protein requirements by adding in plant-based protein because, simply put, it’s a cheap alternative. Animal protein is more expensive. But it is essential to a cat or dog’s diet to consume mostly animal protein.
3. Artificial Preservatives/Colors
You probably know that artificial preservatives and colors are bad for people. It’s the same for dogs and cats, yet these artificial ingredients are pervasive in the pet food industry.
Artificial colors are most prominently used in dog treats. I can promise you that your dog doesn’t care about the color of his treats! These colors are composed of chemicals that can be harmful to your pet, so be on the look out!
Meanwhile, artificial preservatives can also be potentially dangerous to cats and dogs. These are the most common artificial preservatives in pet food: ethoxyquin, sodium nitrate, potassium sorbate, BHA, calcium propionate, and BHT. Regarding danger factors, ethoxyquin has been linked to cancer rates in pets while BHA and BHT are commonly thought to be hard for dogs/cats to digest.
While the preservatives listed above can be avoided easily, some preservatives are not even listed on the packaging. These are the preservatives in the meat that is used in the food. Chicken fat and lamb meal, for example, may have preservatives in them that you’ll want to avoid.
I hope you this article has enlightened you on your quest to live a happy life with your healthy pet!