FDA Alert for Thyroid Hormones in Pet Food

Boy – I have been remiss in posting on my blog – I guess life got in the way of my good intentions.  Does that ever happen to you?

Read something today that may be of interest to you, particularly if you feed BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs and/or Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs.  The problem lies in the fact that these dog food manufacturer’s use livestock gullet in their recipe and have not adequately removed the entire thyroid gland from the rest of the throat during the slaughtering process.   Unfortunately, much of the human meat industry is made up of factory farms and those farms use hormones to help the livestock grow fast and large, quickly.  Another good reason to buy your meat only from sources with the label ‘Certified Humane’.  But that is a topic for another day.

The FDA is warning if you give your dog food that utilizes gullets or laryngeal tissue, you may be causing Hyperthyroidism.  Quoting the article from Pet Product News,

“Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

The FDA issued the alert after a recent Center for Veterinary Medicine investigation into reports of three dogs in different households that showed signs of hyperthyroidism. In these cases, extensive testing on all three dogs conducted at a reference laboratory showed elevated thyroid hormone in the blood, but ruled out thyroid cancer. Reference lab interviews with the dogs’ owners revealed that all three dogs had been fed BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs and/or Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs.”

Wellpet and BLUE did a voluntarily recall on the dog food that was affected and were praised by the FDA for their quick response to the problem.  For me…..I guess I am happy they responded quickly but it also gets back to the way dog food manufacturers do everything they can to cut costs – where they buy their ‘meat’ from is crucial to make sure they are getting what they paid for and not something that could harm your pet.

What is most disconcerting to me about all of this is that gullets are used quite a bit in dog food and treats.  I am guessing this shows up in the food label as “meat-by-products.”  Another good reason to read the labels of everything you put into your dogs mouths and to make sure you know the food sources from the manufacturer of dog food you buy.

Be knowledgable about what you feed your pets – read labels!

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