Author Topic: How Feeding Your Dog Canned Food Can Lead to Deadly Levels of One Toxic Chemical  (Read 498 times)

Offline DeeDee

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This is disturbing because it makes me wonder if it's in canned cat food too.

The dogs involved were given commonly used commercial canned food diets for two weeks, with one diet presumed to be BPA-free. Prior to the two weeks, blood and fecal samples of the dogs were taken and it was found that the dogs started at baseline with minimal BPA in their blood already.

At the end of the two weeks, the dogs were found to have BPA levels that were nearly three times as much as they were at the beginning of the study, regardless of which canned food they consumed. Researchers also found that there was a correlation between the increased BPA serum levels and the dogs’ gut microbiomes. This increased BPA level may reduce one of the bacterium in a dog’s gut that allows it to metabolize BPA and other related chemicals, and the conclusion was that these increased levels were due to the cans of food themselves, not necessarily the food.

What this means to humans isn’t entirely clear, but seeing as we share our lives (and homes, and beds, and so on…) with our dogs, we need to be aware of the fact that we are coming in contact with these chemicals, and that our pets may be the best indicators of the effects of BPA and other related chemicals on our health. Most importantly, for our dogs, we can watch the labels of foods we give them to ensure we are looking out for their health as well!

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At one time, we had a BPA discussion here.  At the time, the larger cans were the cans (cat and dog) that contained BPA.  Also, it was said that a person (or pet) would have to consume an almost impossible amount of food from a can with BPA, for it to be an issue.  Also (at the time), canned foods for humans also contained BPA. 

In my stinky opinion... it boils down to who one wants to believe. 

Those of us that were feeding canned, used a rubber spatula to remove pet food from the cans... rather then a metal spoon.  In our minds, this kept us from scraping the inside of the cans. 
« Last Edit: December 31, 2017, 05:48:02 PM by Lola »
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