Mycotoxins and Pet Food

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We talk quite a bit at Know the Cause about the effect that mycotoxins have on humans. The fact remains that there is a volume of research on the prevalence of mycotoxins in our environment and food supply, and the subsequent problems humans can experience as result of exposure to these chemicals. The ubiquity of these toxins in our grain and corn supply was confirmed by Dr. Ruth Etzel, who published to that end.

The ubiquity of mycotoxins in the food supply doesn’t simply affect humans, though. Much of the grain and corn supply in America is diverted to feed lots to fatten farm animals. Much of the food that winds up in a trough on a feedlot is first declared unfit for human consumption. Indeed, the study of the effect of mycotoxins is much more pronounced in animals than in humans; farmers know well the effects mycotoxins can have on their animals, from infertility to death.

Another set of animals might be perhaps at similar risk. A brief look at the ingredients on the back of a package of dog or cat food often reveals ingredients heavy in grain and corn products. Set aside the fact that dogs and cats are carnivorous (dogs are more omnivorous than cats), if you are feeding your family pets a diet rich in grains, there is a good chance they are being exposed to mycotoxins.

Subsequently, our domestic friends will experience some of the same health problems that we humans will experience, including diabetes, cancer. One has to wonder if the cause of such problems in dogs and cats isn’t similar to what causes similar problems in humans.

If your pets are experiencing some sort of health problem, it might be smart to look at their diet. Switching their diet to one rich in protein and certain vegetables and excluding grains might be a good step towards clearing these problems.


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