Is My Good Dog’s Food Safe? ~ Now You Know

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With what seems like an endless parade of dog food recalls, I was asked, “How can I know if my good dog’s food is safe?” Well the easiest way is to make it yourself with fresh ingredients. There are a lot of online recipes for good, healthy dog food. But I understand not all humans have time for such things.

Luckily there is something called the Clean Label Project, which is a nonprofit organization focusing on health & transparency in consumer product labeling.

The Clean Label Project screened more than 900 dog & cat foods as well as treats for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, & other contaminants with links to cancer & other serious health conditions in animals. They tested 71 brands that represented “the top 90 percent of the best-selling products in each category.”

What they found was disturbing. The Clean Label Project has tested tens of thousands of consumer products but they have never seen environmental & industrial contaminants as high as they have found in pet foods. Here are just three examples:

  • Some pet foods contained 2,420 parts per billion of lead, which is 16 times more than has been found in Flint, Michigan’s “tainted” water.
  • 1,917 percent more arsenic was present in pet food (5,550 parts per billion) than in cigarette tobacco (360 parts per billion).
  • There was 980 percent more BPA (a plastic polymer used to line the inside of cans) in pet food in comparison to a can of chicken soup.

Research into the long-term health effects in pets of chronic exposure to most of the contaminants that were studied simply hasn’t been done. Personally, I think a better safe than sorry approach to results like these would be wise. Why feed your good dog or good cat a food that contains high levels of toxins when potentially safer alternatives are available?

Is the food or treats you feed your good dog or cat on the list? Have a look & see. To answer the question, “Is my good dog’s food safe?” If it’s a commercial brand, sadly, it probably isn’t.

What do you feed your good dog? Do you make it from scratch or buy it at the store? Either way I’d like to hear your thoughts.

CEO Olivia

 

Bad Toys for Good Dogs Part 2 ~ What to Avoid

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While sniffing about I’ve made a disturbing discovery. Most dog toys are not really that safe. They are not as strictly regulated as toys for humans & many dangerous toys find their way to stores. A big part of the problem is that dog toys are marketed towards the human owner. The bright colors or bells are to entice the human into purchasing them. We dogs don’t see bright colors, it’s more about the feel & smell to us. Any bell or trinket can be very dangerous if swallowed.

Here’s a brief idea of what to avoid when looking for dog toys. First off, a cheap toy is probably not a quality toy. For example vinyl toys may be inexpensive but they contain very harmful chemicals that can cause serious health issues. Phalates & BPA are both used to make vinyl more elastic. They’re proven endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen and can cause life long health problems.

There are tennis balls made specifically for dogs but they have been shown to contain high levels of lead. Rope toys made from synthetics can be dangerous as well if they shred & are ingested. Toys from China consistently show high levels of lead in them, especially if painted.

It seems the safe toys are the more natural ones. Organic Beef bones from a butcher or health food store make good chew toys but be sure to get one big enough that your good dog can’t choke on it. My best advice is to seek out organic dog toys made from safe, natural materials. There are plenty available these days.

CEO Olivia