Read the Ingredients of Your Pet's Food 



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 cancer.
  • 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 volume.
  • Corn Syrup: Another way to give your pet pure sugar.
  • 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 truck?
  • 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 consciousness.
  • 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 ingredients.
  • 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)



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