Toxins and How They Affect Your Pet

These days our exposure to toxins are at an all-time high, and much of that exposure comes through our food. Pet food therefore is not immune and so it helps to have an understanding of the types of toxins, the foods they are in and how you can take steps to reduce the risks to your pet. We’ll start with pet food ingredients.

Toxins in The Food
Typically, most pet food is made of processed foods such as corn fillers. Since these do not go far from their natural state, these are relatively harmless, but bone meal is another matter entirely. Most bone meal is made of different parts of different animals and is decidedly toxic. Often the bones of several different animals are crushed together to make a composite bone meal. This brings together all the toxins associated with an animal and increases the risk of your pet getting ill.

Watch What You Spray
Pets sometimes are a source of bad odors and when this occurs our gut reaction is to rush out by some sort of spray or cleaning solution. But some of these sprays and detergents are laced with toxins. They are neither safe for humans or pets and so should be avoided. Read labels carefully to avoid buying any toxic sprays and air fresheners.

Air Pollution
Air pollution is source of high toxicity and for people who live near industrial plants; their pets are particularly at risk. If this happens to be you, regular trips to the vet can help spot any early warning signs of disease cause by these toxins. Though it might be hard to insurance against this type of risk, it is worth exploring with some type of pet insurance. Having pet insurance will at least help you financially with visits to the vet and treatment.

By getting this far you at least ensure that your pet will have an owner that has basic knowledge about toxins. The rest of the education is up to you, there are copious amounts of information on the internet and in libraries that can help you come up with a robust strategy for reducing your pet’s exposure to toxins.