We all want to know what is in our pet’s food, especially in light of the frequent pet food recalls. The journal Spectroscopy recently published the article, Analysis of Toxic Trace Metals in Pet Foods…Part I.¹ Researchers tested 58 unidentified cat and dog foods, including canned and dry foods, with price ranging from budget to premium. They looked for 15 potentially harmful or toxic elements and found that many of the foods did contain elevated levels of these substances. Researchers pointed out possible sources of these toxins in some pet foods, including additives like synthetic Vitamin K, and minerals. Authors stated, “The essential minerals and other additives may contain significant concentrations of heavy metals.”
If a pet food claims to be “natural with added vitamins and minerals,” those vitamins and minerals are NOT natural. This statement is actually a disclaimer, required by The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). It alerts pet owners that the product contains synthetic nutrients.