January 26, 2023
Microplastics and Canned Dog Food
By Chippin Time
Are canned dog food good for dogs? And what are the impacts on the environment?
Dogs love canned food. It's moist, flavorful, and often served on special occasions or used as a meal topper for picky dogs. Canned food has been used for dogs on prescription diets, as well as for seniors who need a soft meal.
Since canned dog food is heavy, it is not only expensive to ship but it also creates a lot of emissions in the process. Canned food also contains fillers, meat meals, byproducts, and a lot of preservatives.
Is wet canned food better for dogs?
Why is canned food bad for dogs?
Canned food often contains fillers, meat meals, byproducts, and overly processed ingredients making it high in calories and low in nutritional benefits.
More alarming is that canned food is lined with plastic containing a Bisphenol A, also known as BPA. BPAs from dog food cans leach into the food and are then ingested by dogs. Due to the heated preparation method of canned food, BPAs leach out 55x faster than it does under normal conditions.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri recently published a study and found dogs in their study had 3x as much BPA circulating in their blood after they were put on a canned food diet for just two weeks! Read the study.