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What You Need To Know about Aflatoxin.
Aflatoxin is a carcinogenic toxin produced by molds on grains and nuts. It has been found in many types of animal feed, including dog and cat food.
Here's what you need to know about this potentially deadly toxin.
A study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health suggests that aflatoxin may cause liver cancer in dogs and possibly cats. In fact, some experts believe that aflatoxins may be responsible for up to half of all cases of canine hepatic neoplasia (liver tumors). Aflatoxins are not regulated by the FDA because they are considered natural contaminants of food. They are commonly found in corn, peanuts, wheat, cottonseed oil, and other grains.
Are There Any Symptoms?
If your dog or cat has been eating pet food with high levels of aflatoxin, there may be no symptoms at first. However, as the toxin builds up in the body, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, lethargy, and even death.
Can I Prevent My Dog or Cat from Eating Contaminated Food?
There are several things you can do to help prevent your dog or cat from consuming contaminated pet food. First, make sure that the ingredients list on the label includes only those items that are safe for pets. Second, avoid feeding your dog or cat any type of meat that was not processed according to USDA guidelines. Third, keep your dog or cat away from areas where mold or other contaminants might be present. Finally, consider switching to a different brand of pet food if you notice that your dog or cat seems ill after eating certain brands.
Choose your pet food source wisely
Certainly, with entities like Ah Chye Pet Treats around, where their manufacturing facility is open to the public. Stakeholders of members of the public can certainly come anytime to monitor how your food is made. This is how you have control over what goes into your pets' food. By choosing food manufacturers that are opened and transparent. Not withstanding the fact that they're constantly regulated and checked by Nparks and SFA for food safety and hygiene.
Lastly, I would like to encourage all pet owners to take control of your pets' health, and one of the most important factor is to guarantee that the food they consume are indeed safe.