Spoiler Alert: Corn
It is the "most commonly used pet food ingredient – almost 1 million tons of corn is included in cat and dog foods than ANY other ingredient" (More on that here). Disturbingly, in July 2019, 98% of corn samples tested in this country were positive for at least one or more mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds that are naturally produced by certain types of fungi found in food, including corn. These mycotoxins can cause major body system disruption in both humans and dogs alike and can actually become "carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, estrogenic, hemorrhagic, immunotoxic, nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic, dermatoxic and neurotoxic" (more on that here) and are definitely not recognized by doctors and vets alike. Quite simply, when we feed corn to our dogs, it turns to sugar, which cannot be metabolized properly and leads to inflammation and disease.
Why is corn used so frequently?
Because it is cheap and very easy to use in mass production because the bottom line is not about health, it's about profit. The vet industry is in the business of keeping animals alive, not curing them or keeping them healthy. Vet schools are funded by the dog food guy, the dog food guy is also owned by the vaccine guy and the vaccine guy makes the laws on what makes what legal and what is approved. The dog food guy is also friends with the vet board guy because the vet board guy is funded by the vaccine guy
What can you do?
Don't feed kibble. Feed raw or home cook. You animal will be happier and healthier and so will you. Time and money well-spent.
-Written by Erica L.