GMOs. Are you still feeding your pets GMOs?
GMOs. Are you still feeding your pets GMOs? Many pet owners and veterinarians report that when they switch their pets to a non-GMO organic food, the health of their pet improves dramatically. Many pet owners have connected the increased usage of GMOs with what appears to be an increased amount of tumors in dogs and cats and increased health issues.
Many farmers report similar improvements in their animals taken off GMOs.
Studies reveal that lab animals fed GMOs and Roundup herbicide (which is sprayed on most GMOs) suffer from numerous health conditions or their precursors. A close look at the side effects of the genetic engineering process, the built in insecticide in GMO corn, and the Roundup herbicide residues on GMO foods, provide ample reasons why these foods may be promoting disorders.
It’s unfortunate that we often see lower quality ingredients in pet food but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise our best buds and feed them potentially dangerous foods containing GMOs and pesticides/herbicides that could harm their health. There are healthier options.
The Dangers of Genetically Modified Ingredients in Pet Food— Dr. Karen Becker
For those of you still feeding your dog or cat a commercial pet food with corn-based ingredients – which includes most inexpensive pet foods on the market today – here’s a big heads-up and another reason to reconsider the diet you’re offering your four-legged companion. Chances are the corn products in your pet’s food are genetically modified (GM). This means the seeds have been chemically altered to produce plants that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.
Genetically Modified (GM) Ingredients in Pet foods: Dogs & Cats at Risk— By Dr. Michael W. Fox*
Dogs and cats, like the proverbial canaries down the mine shafts, have become our sentinels. They alert us to health hazards in the home-environments we share and in the products and by-products of the same agribusiness food industry that feeds most of us and them. In the mid 1990s I began to suspect diet may play a role in a “cluster” of health problems not seen nearly as often as when dogs and cats were being fed conventional corn and soy. Since that time I have formed the professional opinion that there is sufficient proof from evidence based medicine that dietary ingredients derived from GM crops are not safe for companion animals, and by extension, for human consumers either.
SUMMARY - FOR PET OWNERS
Dr. Michael Fox who had a syndicated column called “Animal Doctor” that had 25 to 30 million readers started receiving letter after letter from pet owners saying that their dog or cat now had digestive problems, diarrhea, itching, and allergies. He wrote them all back and said, “Take your animal off of GMOs.” He said he has a file drawer filled with response letters saying it worked.
Other veterinarians who were active prior to the introduction of GMOs in the food supply, also noticed a change in the pets soon after GMOs were introduced. Greater amounts of cancer among other things – digestive problems, skin conditions, allergies, itching, etc.
Veterinarian Barbara Royal said that the first thing she does now is to put the animals on healthier food and that resolves the problems for most of them. She says that by the time they come to their second visit, 80% are now managing well, 40% completely gone and the other 40% are managing the issue. Only 20% have not really responded to the change. So changing the animal’s diet is critical.