Warning! 8 Toxic Pet Food Ingredients You Must Avoid

toxic pet food ingredients

Are You Feeding Your Dog or Cat

These Toxic Pet Food Ingredients?

You want to feed your pet the very best, healthy and safe food without toxic ingredients. However, you may have a false sense of security when it comes to commercially manufactured pet food and treats. It may not have occurred to you that the pet food you are feeding contains toxic ingredients.

Many pet health problems including obesity, arthritis, periodontal disease, diabetes, and cancer are linked to commercially manufactured, processed pet foods.

Bad News

Here’s the really bad news. Almost all commercial dog and cat food is made with feed-grade instead of human-grade ingredients. Feed-grade ingredients are lower quality than human-grade.

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According to the National Agricultural Law Center pet food ingredients (feed grade) have allowances for mycotoxins produced by mold. Meat ‘meals’ such as ‘meat and bone meal’ and ‘by-products’ come from the rendering process and can contain “dead animals from farms, ranches, feedlots, marketing barns, animal shelters, and other facilities; and fats, grease, and other food waste from restaurants and stores.” Yuck!!

Gluten From Grains

toxic pet food ingredientsGluten is a by product of grains like wheat and corn. Pets that are sensitive to gluten can develop chronic small intestinal inflammatory disease. Symptoms include intermittent or persistent diarrhea, weight loss, dull hair coat, and overall bad body condition. And unless the grains are certified organic, they are GMO. A study done by The International Journal of Biological Sciences found that genetically modified corn fed to rats caused tumors, major organ damage and premature death.

The 2009 study showed that genetically modified corn causes significant kidney and liver disease in rats after only a 90-day feeding trial, and has a negative effect on other organs as well, including the heart and spleen.


Some pet food has been found to contain Pentobarbital. What’s that? It’s is an anesthetic used to euthanize animals (confirmed through FDA testing of dog foods). 


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Chemicals & Preservatives

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin are toxic chemical preservatives  that are added to oils (fats) as preservatives.These oils are then used in  pet foods and treats. BHT is considered a carcinogen that causes kidney and liver damage in laboratory rats.

Ever heard of a dog being poisoned and killed by drinking antifreeze? Propylene Glycol (PG) found in some soft dog foods and treats, is chemically derived from ethylene glycol (EG), also known as antifreeze. 

Food Dyes

Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 5 and 6 have been documented to cause cancer in humans. Caramel color contains 4-methylimidazole (4-MIE), a known animal carcinogen.

Rendered Animal Fat

A flavor enhancement used for dry kibble pet food is rendered animal fat. This is a proven source of microorganisms (Salmonella, etc.) and toxins (heavy metals, etc.) If any moisture gets in the pet food bag, harmful bacteria and mold start growing immediately.

Meeting our pet’s nutritional requirements, but doing so with sub-standard quality and potentially toxic ingredients, can cause both short and long-term health consequences. For your pet’s sake, offer a diet of human-grade, whole-food-based ingredients early in life and minimize the consumption of dry and canned diets and treats.

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Give your pets healthy plant and animal based Omega fatty acids with this flavorful cookie recipe.

toxic pet food ingredients

1 can sardines packed in olive oil
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 egg
1/2 cup beef, chicken, or veggie broth
2 1/3 Tbsp. almond flour
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1. Mix all the ingredients together. Roll into 1-inch balls, and then
press flat with a fork on a greased cookie sheet.
2. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Let cool before serving to your pets.
You can store extra portions in the freezer or refrigerator and consume
within one week. If stored in the freezer, this can stay fresh for up to
three months.

Do you have a favorite healthy pet food recipe? Please share it with us!

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