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Toxic Fluoride Levels in 8 of 10 Pet Foods destroys bones and breeding programs; symptoms of fluoride poisoning and FDA warnings.


July 2010 |

Nel Liquorman, Health & Nutrition Editor


FDA REQUIRES A WARNING LABEL ON FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE AND MOUTHWASHES, BUT NOT ON PET FOOD!Eating their way to bone-cracking health problems, dogs ingest toxic levels of fluoride, a poisonous chemical element abundant in pet foods despite decades of damage reports.


The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a respected advocacy group in the USA, had testing done by independent researchers who found toxic fluoride levels in 8 out of 10 dog food brands. Fluoride levels ran as high as 2.5 times the EPA’s allowable dosage in drinking water.


Bone meal and animal byproducts appear to be the culprits due to high concentrations of fluoride caused by long periods of steaming in fluoridated water from municipal sources.


Researchers warn against steam processed “meal ingredients” as the first 3 ingredients in pet foods. Processed meat/bone meals include chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, beef meal, and animal byproduct meal, as well as bone meal.


According to the FDA the first ingredient accounts for 95% of the product, so if any of these are first on the list, you probably should not feed that food to any animal. A word of caution: It would be best if none of these ingredients were in pet food but they are often scattered throughout the list.


So what is the big deal about fluoride levels? Fluoride contaminated food can be responsible for health problems that affect the brain, skeleton, nerves, thyroid, pineal gland and teeth.


As industry developed and began to spew emissions of solid and gaseous compounds from the manufacture of aluminum, steel, and fertilizer, grasslands and surface waters became contaminated with fluoride. Cattle grazing near industrial facilities sickened and died in Europe and America. As the contaminated waste accumulated, disposal became a problem until an astute business family found a solution for the toxic residue.


The result was that safe drinking water went down the drain when government agencies were induced to add fluoride to our community water sources. Manufacturers paid damages in the 1800’s, yet the danger from fluoride was dismissed because industry reaped huge profits from this toxic waste material. Dead cattle and crop losses were wake up calls, yet the same lesson has been repeated over and over again for two hundred years!


Fluoride poisoning is progressive yet most veterinarians and medical doctors are not likely to look for fluoride toxicity when trying to diagnose symptoms that range from abdominal pain, diarrhea, excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, headache, tearing, muscle weakness, spasms, seizures, tremors, dysphasia, electrolyte abnormalities, or even organ failure.


The FDA requires a warning label on fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes but there is no warning (or testing) for fluoride contaminated pet food. Fluoride accumulates in your pet’s bones and teeth with each meal. Pet foods with high fluoride content can actually cause the skeletal problems that breeders have worked so carefully to breed out. While certain breeds may be genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, kidney dysfunction, or other problems, EWG findings indicate that fluoride shares the blame.  It should also be noted that dental disease and are among the top ten reasons for veterinary visits{1}.


Researchers around the world suggest that fluoride in our water sources appear to be linked to osteoporosis, dental fluorosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and various other health problems in the human population. Skeletal fluorosis is on the rise, but few of us would recognize early symptoms in a dog or cat. The Fluoride Action Network website explains the complexity of skeletal fluorosis which involves nutrition, vitamin D, protein, and ratio of calcium to magnesium in drinking water.


Fluoride is reported as a treatment for overactive thyroids. Researchers believe that fluoride in our diets may depress healthy thyroid activity, suggesting a link for a common cause of obesity. Notably, obesity has become a serious health problem in the nation’s pets.


The Poison Control center logs thousands of calls related to poisoning from toothpaste, mouthwashes, and supplements but fluoride poisonings have also resulted from accidental ingestion of insecticides or rodenticides with sodium Fluoroacetate containing fluoride. Yes, fluoride is actually used for poisoning purposes!


A 1971 University of Montana study detected levels of fluoride in canned pet food at almost 100 parts per million (ppm) with levels in low grade foods ranging higher. Testing of bones in dogs and cats were shown to contain high fluoride accumulations. Allowable fluoride limits are set for cattle and other farm animals but not for dogs and cats. Could this be because they are not a part of our food chain?


NEL ON RECALLED, RECYCLED, COUNTERFEIT DOG FOODResearch shows that fluoride is as poisonous as lead. It is alarming to learn that the EPA allowable level for lead is zero, while the level for fluoride is 4ppm. Fluoride does not appear to protect us from skeletal fluorosis and it is time for the EPA to revise its standards. We have the option to drink fluoride-free bottled water but we must stop the nation’s water supply from being treated with fluoride. Then and only then will meat/bone meals in pet food be safe for your dog or cat.


We are unaware of any statement from pet food makers regarding the EWG report but surely the pet food industry is aware of fluoride contamination and the health risks it carries. We can only hope that removing this contamination will not take as long as it took with melamine.


Reference Link:  {1} Top Ten Reasons For Veterinary Visits

Compelling information on Fluoride Damage see... Sterile Studs and Fluoride EST 2002 © 1007



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