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A huge variation comes forth when you explore pet food. Moreover, when you ask pet parents about what type of food they think is best that they are feeding their pets, a colossal range of answers surface out. Some swear on wet food, some prefer kibble while some may totally depend on dry food with grains and others would like to provide grain-free feed thinking it’s a perfect diet for overall growth. The variation even includes vegetarian diet for pets while for some pet parents they strictly follow vegan diets for their pets.

Nevertheless, there is an array of options to choose from for feeding your pet. Many of the choices that pet parents make usually depend on their own food habits and lifestyle, added to this, they also depend on their vet’s recommendations as well as the information they gain during dog walks with pet parents.

On the World Wide Web, you can find thousands of pet feed options and tips, what is the best diet, which dog food is better for your pet and many more such information, which you can skim through various websites.

Apart from this, only 1% of pet parents are aware that there are certain ingredients that are present in dog food, cat food or pet food that adversely affects your furry friends. What are these ingredients? Let us find out.

Canola Oil

There is much complication with Canola oil as there is very less information available about the research data regarding whether it’s beneficial or harmful for pets to take it in meals. Furthermore, fats and oils are essential part of pet feeds, but US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refrain of using canola oil in infant food formula of pets, which makes it questionable for pets’ safety.


Most cat food, dog food and pet treat consists of high amount of meat and bone meal and the generic meat meal, which FDA considers risky for pets as such feeds do contain pentobarbital, which comes from the euthanized bodies of dogs, cats and horses whose remains are rendered.


Ethoxyquin is a chemical substance called as phenolic antioxidant. FDA refers it to be harmful, as it was originally developed by Monsanto to prevent rubber from cracking due to oxidation.


According to a research conducted on animals for the use of Carrageenan, it has been proved to be potentially harmful as it causes cancer and inflammation.

Low-Grade Meat Meal and Bone Meal

According to Animal health center and other animal welfare organizations – Low-grade meat meal and bone meal come from unknown resources. It can be slaughterhouse, spoiled supermarket meats, or meat from euthanized animals. Moreover, this pet food can be obtained from diseased or dying cattle or dead zoo animals.

Well, it happens that most pet parents are not aware that certain ingredients or food materials can actually harm their furry friends. In the matter of their dog or cat food, pet owners need to be very much selective and always active about purchasing the pet feeds and treats. Properly checking the ingredients present in the food before hand is to be on the safe side rather than just purchasing any brand food or low cost animal feed. A healthy food without any harmful ingredients helps your pet’s growth and well-being.


Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.