Garlic is widely regarded as a safe and healthy supplement. So, it's frequently added to many commercial dog foods and treats. Garlic's claimed benefits include:Anti-bacterial properties Flea and worm control Digestive supportHowever, some warn that garlic is toxic to dogs and … [Read more...] about Garlic in Dog Food — Good or Bad for Your Pet?
The recent discovery by the FDA of high levels of arsenic in rice makes it likely we'll soon be hearing more about excessive levels of the same potentially hazardous substance in dog food, too.And for good reason.Arsenic is a toxic chemical found naturally in the environment -- in soil and … [Read more...] about Arsenic in Rice May Also Affect Dog Food
Sodium selenite can be controversial substance when it's used in a dog food recipe.That's because although the mineral is essential for normal cell function in all animals, selenium can be toxic in high doses.What's worse, the mineral's toxicity also seems to be related to the chemical form … [Read more...] about Sodium Selenite in Dog Food — Vital Nutrient or Dangerous Toxin?
Xylitol, a popular artificial sweetener, can be deadly to your dog. The chemical additive can frequently be found in:Chewing gum Peanut butter Breath mints Mouthwash Candies Toothpaste Tooth whiteners Chewable vitaminsAccording to a bulletin issued by the Food and Drug … [Read more...] about Artificial Sweetener Xylitol Can Be Deadly to Your Dog
It's not unusual to find blood meal and other blood products on a dog food label. These ingredients can include:Animal plasma Blood meal Dried bloodAlthough blood products are part of a dog's natural ancestral diet, many are disturbed to find these items on a label.Are Blood … [Read more...] about Blood Meal and Blood Products in Dog Food
New research suggests the dog food preservative, propyl gallate, may be responsible for causing a potentially dangerous health issue for dogs.That's because of the chemical's unique ability to mimic the negative effects of the female hormone, estrogen.Although the FDA insists the agent can … [Read more...] about Why You Should Avoid Propyl Gallate in Your Dog’s Food
Propylene glycol is a controversial additive used to help preserve the moisture content in some commercial dog foods.You may already recognize this chemical for its more everyday use -- as the key component in newer automotive antifreeze.However, propylene glycol is considerably safer (less … [Read more...] about Propylene Glycol — Dog Food Aid or Automotive Antifreeze?
Butylated hydroxyanisole -- also known as BHA -- is an antioxidant primarily used as a preservative in food, animal feed, cosmetics, rubber and petroleum products.[1. Butylated hydroxyanisole, TOXNET, National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health]The … [Read more...] about BHA — A Time Bomb in Your Dog’s Food?
Here we go again. Another controversial and mysterious dog food ingredient... TBHQ. What is it? And why is it used in dog food?TBHQ is an acronym for the word tertiary butylhydroquinone... a fat preservative added to a dog food to increase its shelf life.But that's not all.TBHQ is also … [Read more...] about What Is TBHQ… and Is It Safe for Your Dog?
BHT is the popular abbreviation for a common dog food additive known as butylated hydroxytoluene.The chemical is used in certain dog foods to prevent fats and oils from prematurely spoiling.In other words, BHT can extend the shelf life of a fat in a food product.But that's not all it can … [Read more...] about Be Cautious About BHT in Dog Food