Cutting Chemicals 2 – Slashing 123 Toxic Substances From Your Pet’s Diet In A Single Stroke

Pesticides are toxic chemicals designed to kill.

They are used to destroy insects and other organisms which can damage crops in the belief that although they are lethal to pests, they are safe for us and our pets to ingest in small amounts.

What this fails to take into account however, is:

      1. The cumulative effects of exposure to pesticide residues day after day, month after month, year after year.
      2. The impact on the body of mixtures of these toxic chemicals, which no studies have assessed.

The Damage They Can Do

Pesticides can cause acute or chronic poisoning.

Acute

This usually occurs following exposure to either a large amount of pesticide, or a particularly toxic chemical.

This is most commonly seen in pets following accidental ingestion of a poison (e.g. slug bait)  or the direct administration or application of an insecticide (such as a flea or tick product).

Signs usually appear quickly and can include:

      • skin and eye irritation
      • breathing problems
      • triggering of allergies
      • nausea
      • abdominal cramps
      • vomiting
      • diarrhoea
      • weakness
      • nervous system disturbances
      • bone marrow suppression
      • blood disorders (which can result in excessive / uncontrolled bleeding)
      • death

Chronic

Long term exposure to pesticides, has been linked to the development of many serious diseases, for example:

The scale of the problem

But does all this really affect pets?

In a recent investigation, the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) found that that a wide range of vegetables and fruits being given to children as part of a government scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating habits, contained a staggering 123 different pesticide residues.

Some of the produce tested contained as many as 13 toxic chemicals.

And these are the same vegetables and fruits being added to many commercial dog and cat foods, including tinned, dry and raw.

Here are some examples, showing percentages of single and multiple pesticide residues present in vegetables and fruit commonly used in pet food (source: Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food 2005 – 2016) :

Veg and Fruit Residues v2

In all the samples tested:

      • 84% tested positive for one residue
      • 66% tested positive for multiple residues

Slashing The Risk To Pets

Given these findings and the potential pesticide residues have for causing serious harm to health, it makes sense to stop feeding non-organic vegetables and fruits to dogs and cats – either directly, or in commercially produced pet food.

This is a vital step in:

    • lowering the chemical burden on modern day pets
    • reducing the risk of cancer, liver and kidney disease, immune system disturbances, neurological problems, endocrine gland dysfunction, behavioural changes and many other conditions
    • promoting and maintaining long term health

Steps To Take

1. Switch to a pet food which doesn’t contain non-organic vegetables and fruits (or grains, herbs and other plants, many of which are heavily treated with pesticides).

Look for these and similar ingredients listed on product labels: apple, broccoli, butternut squash, kale, spinach etc.

2. If you want to give vegetables – buy organic

Some pets benefit from a little plant fibre in their diet. Most dogs and cats however, don’t need vegetables or fruits in the diet because they can’t digest plant cell walls.

3. Supplement with Superfood

There are far healthier and much more nutritious alternatives to vegetables and fruits, which don’t have the risks that these do.

A spoonful of VITALITY, for example:

      • contains around 20 times the antioxidant beta-carotene as in carrots
      • has approximately 5 times the antioxidant ability as blueberries
      • supplies as much calcium as milk
      • is twice as rich in protein as meat
      • provides an exceptionally rich supply of numerous amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, co-enzymes, RNA, DNA and many other nutrients important for optimum cellular health

And whereas 90% of most vegetables and fruits in the diet pass straight through the body and out in the stools, over 90% of the nutrients in VITALITY enter the bloodstream within several hours of eating.

 

Why Cutting Chemicals Is So Important for Pets

Cutting Chemicals 1 – Lowering The Risk To Pets of Cancer and Organ Damage

Pets today come into contact with an eye watering array of chemicals, many of which can:

      • corrupt DNA (increasing the risk of cancer)
      • destroy ‘friendly’ gut flora (disturbing digestion and the immune system)
      • poison bone marrow (which can result in bleeding disorders and / or an immune system that can’t fight off infections, protect the body against cancer or heal the body effectively)
      • inflame the bowels
      • disturb the nervous system (leading to neurological signs, such as muscle weakness, incoordination or fits)
      • damage the liver and kidneys (reducing the body’s ability to break down and excrete toxic substances)
      • disrupt endocrine glands (causing hormonal disturbances)
      • derange the immune system (weakening natural defence mechanisms and / or triggering the development of dietary sensitivities, allergies and cancer)

A Huge Problem

There are literally tens of thousands of chemicals used in the home, industries, agriculture and food production, with the number increasing by 2000 new compounds per yearThe Natural Environment Research Council.

Many of these substances have been linked to liver and kidney disease, hormone disturbances,  immune system problems, inflammatory bowel conditions, cancer and a wide range of other diseases.

What Can Be Done To Protect Pets?

Environmental chemicals are present almost everywhere, in:

Air

      • carbon monoxide
      • nitrogen oxides
      • sulphur
      • lead
      • small particles

Soil

      • heavy metals – such as cadmium, chromium or mercury
      • pesticides
      • herbicides
      • oils and tars
      • industrial chemicals and waste (including the increasingly ubiquitous microplastics)

Water

As for soil, plus:

      • phosphorus
      • nitrogen
      • chemicals present in sewerage

Because they are so widespread, these chemicals are virtually impossible to avoid.

The best way to guard against their ill-effects is to increase the body’s ability to cope with them successfully, so the damage they can cause to health is minimised.

This means providing maximum nutritional support to the liver, kidneys and bowels (main organs of detoxification) and the immune system, which is primarily responsible for tissue healing, regeneration and repair.

Numerous potentially toxic chemicals, are also found in food, pet products and household goods.

Common examples are:

Food:

Supplements:

      • fillers
      • binders
      • glues
      • colourings
      • flavourings
      • synthetic vitamins
      • industrial salts
      • lubricants
      • preservatives

Pet products:

      • flea preparations
      • wormers
      • vaccines
      • medications
      • plastic dishes and toys
      • shampoos
      • clothing
      • treats

In and around the home:

      • cleaners
      • garden products (fertilisers, weedkillers, pest control etc.)
      • air fresheners and scented candles
      • artificial fabrics
      • toxic agents used in furniture (eg flame retardants, stain repellents, dyes etc.)
      • adhesives (eg formaldehyde – a known carcinogen – in floor tile glues)
      • human personal care products which come into contact with cats and dogs (e.g. shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, perfumes and aftershaves)

In contrast to environmental chemicals, a significant number of harmful substances in food, pet products and household goods can be avoided, by choosing alternatives instead. And the way to do this, will be covered in this series of blogs.

Why Cutting Chemicals Is So Important for Pets

The toxic effect of many chemicals is magnified in pets because:

      1. Although many environmental and dietary chemicals are usually present only in very small amounts, continuous daily exposure to these over long periods of time increases the likelihood of significant cellular damage occurring. One example of this, is a dog or cat fed on a pet food containing chemical additives or pesticide residues, week after week, year after year.
      2. Their relatively small size means that the concentration of chemicals they are exposed to is correspondingly much higher than it is for us.
      3. Dogs and cats regularly swallow harmful substances which have collected on the skin and coat during self-grooming, which allows them to rapidly enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body.

These and other factors, are why it’s so important to prevent unnecessary exposure to as many of these noxious substances as possible.

And the best way to do this will be highlighted in this series of blogs – beginning with how to remove 123 potentially toxic chemicals from the diet in a single stroke.