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Dangers of GMOs in Dog Food

Dangers of GMOs in Dog FoodGrowing numbers of health-conscious adults are going out of their way to avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the food they eat. However, there are plenty of good reasons to also avoid GMOs in the food you give to your pet.

Veterinarians started to notice an increase in health problems among dogs in the mid-1990s, as genetically modified pet foods became more common. These conditions included allergies, asthma, skin problems, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, frequent vomiting and indigestion, recurrent diarrhea, and liver, pancreas, or immune system abnormalities.

Studies done with rats have shown that genetically modified corn, the most common ingredient in low quality commercial dog food, causes significant kidney and liver disease in just just 90 days. The same studies have also linked GMOs in corn to damage to the heart and spleen.

Why Should You Avoid GMOs?
Genetically modified crops are problematic because they create novel proteins that can assault the immune system, lower nutrient content, and elevate potential toxins. GMOs can even create RNA variations that create gene mutations when animals reproduce, passing down birth defects and health problems to the next generation.

Another risk to your pet is the presence of toxic herbicides and insecticides such as glufosinate, glyphosate, and bacillus thuringiensis. These toxins have been linked to kidney damage as well as an increased risk of reproductive health problems.

Max & Ruffy’s Can Help You Protect Your Pet
Items containing GMOs are not required to be labeled, so the best ways to avoid GMOs in the food you give your pet are to look for the USDA Organic certification or to omit gains entirely from your pet’s diet. Dogs do not biologically require corn and soy in their food, so there is no reason not to avoid these ingredients as precautionary measure.

When you’re searching for safe and nutritious dog treats, Max & Ruffy’s is an excellent choice. All of our treats are certified USDA Organic and made with no artificial or genetically modified ingredients. Several varieties, including W.P. (Pizza), 327 B.C. (Banana & Coconut), and Tree of Life (Coconut, Molasses, & Flax) are also grain free.