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*DOG FOOD EDUCATION AND INFORMATION*

 Reviews.com recently conducted a study examining over 2,223 dog food formulas to discover which brands and ingredients are safest and most nutritious. They surveyed pet owners and found that 70 percent admitted they didn’t know all of the ingredients in their dog’s food.

With frequent lawsuits, recalls, and complaints about popular manufacturers, reviews.com wanted to dig behind the label and determine which brands and ingredients make an excellent dog food and which ones should be avoided to ultimately create a guide for pet owners outlining there methodology and results, as well as useful tips to help keep any dog healthy and well nourished. To learn more about reviews.com study click the learn more button below.

 

 

*DOG FOOD PRESERVATIVES*

 

BHA and BHT: These are both preservatives used in many dog foods.  BHA is butyhlated hydroxytoluene.  Both BHA and BHT have been associated with liver damage, fetal abnormalities and metobolic stress.  They also have a questionable relationship to cancer.

 

ETHOXYQUIN: This preservative has been the most highly debated item in dog foods for the last several years. It is a chemical preservative that has been widely used to prevent spoilage in dog foods and in some human foods as well. It is alleged that ethoxyquin has caused cancer; liver, kidney and thyroid dysfunctions; reproductive failure and more. although the allegations have not been proven in tests to date, ethoxyquin is a highly suspect food preservative.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Is another common pet food ingredient and is closely related to antifreeze!  It is known to cause destruction of red blood cells.

Ethoxyquin - Monsanto manufactures this substance and requires employees working with it to wear eye and respiratory protection. Containers are prominently marked with a skull and crossbones showing the word POISON. OSHA lists Ethoxyquin as a hazardous chemical. It has a rating of 3, in the chemical toxicology of commercial products listings, (on a scale of 1 to 6 with 6 being super toxic requiring less than 7 drops to cause death). Monsanto issues a disclaimer about using Ethoxyquin stating; although the information and recommendations set forth herein are presented in good faith, Monsanto Co. makes no representations as to the completeness or accuracy thereof. Users must make their own determination as to its suitability. Monsanto will not be responsible for damages of any nature whatsoever.

 

Ethoxyquin - is listed as a pesticide by the department of agriculture. it is approved for use in livestock feeds (ie., food for laying hens, dehydrated forage crops of alfalfa, barley, clovers, oats, wheat, fescue and various grasses). Its residues resultingly entering the human food chain. The FDA allows Ethoxyquin to be used in pet foods, based on body weight, at a rate 300 times higher than permitted as residue in beef, pork, etc as consumed by humans.

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