Can It! Potential Health Effects of Pet Food Packaging

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.

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One Response to “Can It! Potential Health Effects of Pet Food Packaging”

  1. Deb Hirsch says:

    As with all food items there are usually more angles than presented. For example – dogs who have had unilateral/bilateral tieback surgery for laryngeal paralysis have to be fed canned food formed into meatballs that they can swallow without chewing until they relearn how to eat without aspirating. But we need to be aware of the quality of the food we use. I’m sure there are lots of other situations that I am not aware of also. My lab was on canned for almost a year before I felt comfortable putting him back on kibble.

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