Toxic Chemicals In Dog Foods

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Toxic Chemicals In Dog Foods

by Lyn Meyer

As a dog owner, you probably believe that commercial dog foods are a healthy choice for your pet. The truth is most of them are NOT. Read on to find out why.

These are the death-causing toxic chemicals that can be found in most commercial dog foods:

? Sodium Pentobarbital
? BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
? BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
? Ethoxyquin
? Propylene Glycol
? Lead

The devastating effects of these chemicals have led them to be banned from human consumption.

Sodium Pentobarbital is the chemical that veterinarians use to put dogs and cats to ?sleep?. This toxic chemical is found in some commercial dog foods and cannot be removed completely during food processing. If your dog eats a lot of these foods, it is possible for this death-causing toxin to keep accumulating inside their system. When it reaches a toxic level, your pet will have irreversible damage that will easily lead to illness resulting in organ failure, or they will die.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), Ethoxyquin and Propylene Glycol are commonly used in dog foods as fat stabilizers and preservatives.

BHA and BHT cause liver and kidney dysfunction. Ethoxyquin is a potential cancer-causing agent. Propylene Glycol, found in many semi-moist dog foods, causes red blood cell destruction.

Lead, an extremely toxic heavy metal, is also commonly found in pet foods. Research conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published as "Lead in Animal Foods" presented one shocking discovery ? a typical 9-pound cat was found to be ingesting, through commercial pet food, far more lead daily than the toxic level for children in their lifetime. Imagine what that is doing to your dog.

Of course, not all commercial dog food products contain all these chemicals. But as a responsible pet owner you should research what is in the food that you choose to feed your dog.

If you truly want the best for your dog, then why not prepare their meals yourself? At the very least you will know you won?t be adding any unnecessary and deadly preservatives. And at best, you will be really appreciated for providing a delicious homemade dog treat.

Lyn owns Cat and Dog Treats which helps people learn about Cat Treats and Dog Treats

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