Reasons Why You Have To Be Conscious Of The Healthy Foods You Feed Your Pet

by Joline Kuhn

As pet owners, the recent pet food recall must have us more concerned than ever before about the quality of food we provide for our valuable creatures. The recent recall was considered to be linked to contamination with melamine, a chemical substance used to make plastic cooking equipment, counter tops, fertilizer as well as flame retardants.

This contaminate is responsible for the death of 16 dogs and cats per the FDA reports. Others were documented by the FDA to have endured kidney malfunction along with other serious symptoms. Other sites just like indicate that people have noted well over 3,000 pets have died and over 12,000 have fallen sick.

Although these reports are not to be considered an official count, it does suggest that the numbers of pets which have suffered due to this toxic contamination issue far exceeds the government document.

Because of our new-found awareness regarding quality control it is imperative that we take a closer look at other quality control concerns and also nutritional cutbacks in the pet food business. Without consideration to contaminates which require recalls, we need to take a look at what's in the food that's regarded as "safe."

It is widespread practice within the sector to include amounts of the following ingredients in most pet food formulas.

* Bones, digestive tract, heads, feet, tendons, ligaments along with other undesired parts of the body known as by-products. These are the leftovers right after choice meat has been processed for human consumption. Apart from sounding revolting, by-products are inferior protein sources and could be hard to absorb.

* Soy, corn, corn gluten as well as wheat gluten are often employed as protein sources. Again, they're of inferior quality and difficult to digest. Dogs can also be allergic to gluten based products.

* Preservative chemicals, including BHT, BHA, Ethoxyquin, and synthetic colors. These artificial additives can be extremely detrimental to pets. Ethoxyquin is listed and also recognized as a hazardous chemical under the criteria of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

Ethoxyquin is employed as a pesticide and as a preservative in the manufacture of plastic. It is really employed in several human foods and spices. So what's the big deal you say?

Amounts permitted in the manufacture of pet food are up to 300 times (pound for pound) what is authorized for humans.

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