Archive for April, 2011

Can It! Potential Health Effects of Pet Food Packaging

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Am I nuts to worry about the canned dog and cat food I feed my pets everyday? My husband thinks so, but after reading about a study recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, I wonder if we all shouldn’t be more concerned about pet food packaging.
Recently, researchers found that people who give up packaged foods, such as canned soups and canned vegetables, can significantly lower the levels of a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA, in their systems. BPA, used in the epoxy resins that line metal food cans and in some clear plastic containers, has been linked to a number of serious health problems in humans, including birth defects and reproductive issues.
Is it too much of a leap to wonder what it might be doing to our pets? I hate to sound like some wacky animal lover who sees ghosts in every corner, but hey, I’ve lost too many of my dogs and cats to cancer, so I can’t help but wonder what effect BPA and other chemicals are having on our animals. And since no one seems to be regulating what actually goes into pet food, my guess is no one’s paying much attention to the packaging of it either. Maybe it’s time we did.
Food for thought.

Read more about BPA at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?

A Dangerous Mix: Dogs and Mushrooms

Friday, April 1st, 2011

As usual, Dr. Nancy Kay relays some invaluable information about how dangerous “found objects” can be to our dogs–this time those mushrooms that pop up everywhere after lots of rain.  A must-read for any dog owner, but especially for those of us with dogs who eat anything (Lab owners, are you listening?!):

speakingforspot.com.