Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Could Fluoride Be Making Your Pet Sick


*Dusty and Oreo*

In some places fluoride is added to drinking water to help prevent cavities in children. Fluoride is added to toothpaste but there is a warning not to swallow it. Fluoride is also added to some pet foods.

How Fluoride could be making pets sick.

Many dogs and cats that have or have had arthritis, spinal and skeletal deformities may actually have skeletal fluorosis. But because fluoride isn't seen as something that can cause harm in animals most Veterinarians don't even consider this.

Most Veterinarians are not aware that a lot of dog and cat foods contain fluoride and high fluoride levels in pets can cause them health problems. While some scientists who have done research on feed animals know that high levels of fluoride in animals can cause osteoarthritis, kidney disease and even cancer. No one has done research to find out if the fluoride in their water and food is what is causing some of these problems.

Where is my pet getting the fluoride from?

According to the NHF "A low-fluoride commercial dog food contains 40 - 60 parts per million of fluoride. A high-fluoride dog food can contain to 460 parts per million of fluoride. up"

Fluoride is an active ingredient in many pesticides and rodenticides. According to Scorecard.org fluoride is found in pesticides such as Tie-Guard, Cobra Salts, Ritter's Roach Powder, Triple-X ant, Roach and Waterbug Powder, Scramo, Robinson Roach Destroyer as well as many, many more.

What you should know.

Pet food manufacturers are not required to list the fluoride levels in pet food. The primary source of fluoride in pet foods is from mineral supplements that are added to the pet food. Some of the words to look for in pet foods are: Defluorinated Phosphate rock. While it says 'defluorinated' it still retains some of the fluoride and is mainly found in the more pricey pet foods.

Raw Soft Phosphate Rock, Mono and Tricalcium Phosphate. The less expensive pet foods are more likely to use these types of fluoride additives. These are made from a mixture of Phosphate Acid and Calcium Carbonate.

If you see these additives on the ingredients list, it might be time to take a look into another form of pet food. Pet food manufacturers might be able to help keep pets healthier just by switching to a different mineral supplement that doesn't contain fluoride.

An easy way to make sure your pet isn't getting fluoride from their drinking water is to fill their bowls, water bottles ect...not from tap water but from bottled spring water instead.

18 comments:

  1. It's a worry for many humans as well!

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    1. Yes, they put it back in our drinking water a few years ago because dentists said kids teeth were rotting and the fluoride would help.

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  2. Wow! This is very interesting info, and I had no clue. Thanks for posting! Hugs...

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. Yep, knew this one. Stupid fluoride can go pound sand. Drink none of it here and the filter gets most of it out for the cats.

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    1. I give the rats and dog bottled drinking water.

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  4. I didn't realize that

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    1. Glad you learned something new today. :)

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  5. We learn something new daily. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I am not sure if it is added to drinkwater here as well. It sure would be nice if more research was done into these topics, so see if it really is harmfull and things would be done to decrease the fluoride in food. I'll have to check our rat food next time to see if they list these ingredients.

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    1. I'm sure it's different in different places around the world.

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  7. I'd research more into this myself. This: "most Veterinarians don't even consider this" is fallacy, which sets this whole article off on a wrong foot. I'd be more inclined to believe it if you had more than one source for your information.
    Cute rats, though.

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  8. It' s important that we all are aware of the ingredients we feed our families and pets.

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  9. Oh that's interesting. I'd think flouride would be good for everyone...

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  10. Hmm not sure if it's added here. I kind of think no if our area. I remember it being talked about a while back.

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  11. I never considered whether fluoride in the water might bring on an animal health issue. Thanks!

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