Some of the common ingredients found in foods made
for companion animals are deadly. Others are
known to cause cancers, damage organs, or do other
things that we just don't want. Below you will
find a list of some of the ingredients you will find
in your pets food, and what they really are.
Be sure to read before you feed.
- Propylene glycol: Also known as anti-freeze,
the green liquid in your car with warnings on it
saying to be careful about spills, as it tastes
sweet and animals will lick it up, and then die,
as it's a POISON. If it doesn't kill you, it might
give you cancer.
- Propyl gallate: Synthetic preservative,
suspected of causing diseases of the liver and
- Potassium sorbate: A commonly used
preservative chemically similar to fat.
- Ammoniated glycyrrhizin: A sweetener.
- Sucrose: Table sugar which highly increases
the risk of diabetes in pets.
- Etboxyquin: Developed for use in the
production of rubber, this preservative has been
found to cause thyroid, kidney, reproductive and
immune related illnesses as well as cancer.
- Butylated bydroxytoluene (BHT): A preservative
which is used to prevent fats from spoiling. This
preservative may be a cause of liver, brain and
kidney damage, metabolic stress, fetal
abnormalities and serum cholesterol increase.
- Brewer's rice: A byproduct of the beer brewing
industry. It may also contain pulverized dried
hops. This is a low quality rice product that is
missing many of the nutrients found in ground rice
& brown rice. No nutritional value, just adds
- Corn Syrup: Another way to give your pet pure
- Copper sulfate: This substance is highly
corrosive to steel, iron and galvanized pipes.
- Iron oxide: Rust, like that found on cars.
Feel like feeding Birdie a little bit of your
- MSG: Known to cause Eye and Brain damage, and
suspected of being the cause of Migraines.
- Sodium nitrite: A widely used preservative.
When used in food, it can produce carcinogenic
substances known as nitrosamines. The FDA has
stated that this chemical is hazardous to human
health. It adds a rosy color to pet food.
- Sodium Metabisulfate: A preservative. In
humans it causes brain damage, weakness,
difficulty in swallowing and loss of
- Rice Bran: Is "an inexpensive source of fiber
that is considered a filler ingredient". No
nutritional value, just adds volume.
- Beet pulp: Dried residue from sugar beets
(pure sugar). A rather controversial product, many
think that it is an excellent additive and source
of fiber and that all sugar has been completely
extracted before being added as a pet food
- Food Colorings
- Red No. 3
- Red No. 40 (a possible carcinogen)
- Yellow No. 5
- Yellow No. 6
- Blue No. 1
- Blue No. 2 (shown in studies to increase
dogs' sensitivities to fatal viruses)