It’s easy for pet food companies to include buzz words on their packaging, such as natural or premium. This clever tactic can fool consumers into thinking that they are purchasing healthy and safe foods for their pets.
Rarely does the projected image of fresh meat and vegetables actually align with what’s inside the product. To ensure your pet is getting the nutritional support that they need, going to the ingredients section and understanding what each ingredient means can help you to make a smart pet food choice for your beloved friend.
4 Pet Food Ingredients To Be Aware Of
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT),Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Ethoxyquin
Though the side effects of these chemical additives are known, some pet food manufacturers still use antioxidant food preservatives in products for both cats and dogs. BHA and BHT are both considered carcinogens. In rats, BHT has been found to cause detrimental damage in both the liver and kidney.
Ethoxyquin is actually illegal for use in human food products. You would not want to feed this to any creature you care about. Not only is it harmful ingested, but just making contact with the skin can cause harm.
Look for foods that have no preservatives. Some of these chemical preservatives can come through in other ingredients, such as fish meal. These specific chemicals may not even be listed on your pet food even if they are in there.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
Propylene Glycol is chemically derived from ethylene glycol (EG), more popularly known as antifreeze. Antifreeze is obviously extremely toxic to both humans and animals. You should suspect the safeness of chemical derivatives of antifreeze in your pets’ foods.
Though, some companies may market this chemical as pet safe, you should definitely go with your gut on this one. It has been found to cause both intestinal cancer legions as well as seriously damaging blockages. Do not let your pets develop these dangerous and life threatening side effects.
Some countries have completely banned the use of food dyes in human products. Using food dyes in both human and animal products, for other countries, is still wildly popular however. If your cat or dog is having some behavior issues or allergic reactions, the cause may be the dye in their food and treats. Certain dyes including Red 40 and Blue 2 have been known to cause behavior issues, allergic reactions, organ damage and even cancer in humans. These effects can definitely extend to your pets.
Keep in mind, though the food dye helps to make your pets food look more varied and even healthier, this only appeals to humans.
Corn, Corn Gluten and Corn Syrup
Corn is a cheap filler company that give their product more bulk and help to bind the other ingredients together. However, too much sugar can be damaging to the health of your pets and should be completely avoided when trying to find the right pet food. Along with weight gain and an increased likelihood of diabetes and hyperactivity, you’ll put your pet at risk for negative changes in mental behavior.
A large number of dogs and cats actually suffer from diabetes, so this is not unheard of. Corn products do not add any nutritional value to the diet of your pets.
To learn more information, don’t hesitate to contact Hampton Park Vets!