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Pet Food Ingredients
Many pet foods advertised as preservative-free and do not contain preservatives.
Almost all rendered meats have synthetic preservatives added as stabilizer, but
manufacturers aren't required to list preservatives they themselves haven't added.
Premixed vitamin additives can also contain preservatives. Low concentrations of
synthetic anti-oxidant preservatives were found in all analyzed samples of products
labeled as chemical free or all-natural. Other types of additives depend on whether the
pet food is semi-moist, dry or canned. Because semi-moist food contains 25-50
percent water, antimicrobial preservatives must be used.
2. Harmful Foods for Dogs
(a) Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a
After their pet has eaten a large quantity of chocolate, many pet
owners assume their pet is unaffected. However, the signs of sickness may not be seen
for several hours, with death following within twenty-four hours. Symptoms include
staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, heart
rate increase, arrhythmia, seizures, coma, death.
(b) Onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Onions are more of a
Pets affected by onion toxicity will develop haemolytic anaemai, where the pet's red blood
cells burst while circulating in its body.
Symptoms include Hemolytic Anemia, labored breathing, liver damage, vomiting, diarrhes,
The poisoning occurs a few days after the pet has eaten the onion. All forms of onion can
be a problem including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions and table scraps
containing cooked onions and/or garlic. Left over pizza, Chinese dishes and
commercial baby food containing onion, sometimes fed as a supplement to young pets, can
While garlic also contains the toxic ingredient thiosulphate, it seems that garlic is less
toxic and large amounts would need to be eaten to cause illness.
(c) Mushroom toxicity does occur in dogs and it can be fatal if certain species of
mushrooms are eaten. Amanita phalloides is the most commonly reported severely toxic
species of mushroom in the US but other Amanita species are toxic. Symptoms include
abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma, death.
|d) Grapes and raisins. As few as a handful of raisin or grape make a dog
ill, however, of the 10 cases reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (ASPC),
each dog ingested between 9 ounces and 2 pounds of (grapes or raisins. Symptoms
include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and lethargy.
For more harmful foods for dogs, please see what's in the PetFood ingredients program.
3. Ailment Ingredients
a) What are the diabetes control ingredients?
b) What are the cancer-fighting ingredients?
c) What are the arthritis relief ingredients?
d) What are the heart protection ingredients?
e) What are the healthy joints ingredients?
f) What are the fleas control ingredients?
g) And many more.