Mold and mycotoxins in our pets food is going to get worse with the situations around the world affecting the prices of wheat. Which also means the prices of wheat can affect your pet’s food bowl.
How? You say.
With the wheat shortage it will cause more of a demand on last year’s corn crop. Which means the quality corn from those bins will be sent to the human food chain so of course that means the poorer quality corn (even more so now) will be making its way into livestock feed and in your pets food.
This also means if your food that you are using contains wheat, wheat gluten, you can bet the next batches of your food will probably contain more corn than wheat.
That is where a problem could become huge for our pets.
Millions of spores and yeast cells can easily invade an entire load of corn without any visual sign to its existence; so it is easy to see how pet food containing corn can be contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.
The recent pet food recalls for salmonella, are rare compared to the high probability that mold and mycotoxins are in pet foods corn.
The primary ingredient in many dry commercial pet foods is not protein but cereal. Corn and wheat are the most common grains used but the nutritious parts of the grain are usually present only in small amounts. The corn gluten meal or wheat, wheat gluten, and wheat middling’s added to pet foods are the leftovers after the grain has been processed for human use, containing little if any nutritional value. Or they may be grain that is too moldy for humans to eat, so it’s incorporated into pet food.
Mycotoxins are potentially deadly fungal toxins that multiply in moldy grains, which have been found in pet foods in recent years which have caused many illnesses and even death to many animals. There are so many other diseases can have similar signs as mycotoxins toxicity that pets are often are misdiagnosed.
For instance any of the signs listed below can be associated with the presence of toxins found in mold/mycotoxins contaminated corn and many of them can be associated with other diseases. So you would want to see your Vet if your pet is showing any of these symptoms.
- food refusal
- digestive disturbances
- recurrent bouts of loose stools
Pet parents should realize that there is an increase threat of contamination from last year’s corn crop, it is essential that pet owners have some method of defense so their pet doesn’t become sick by eating harmful food.
It should come to no surprise to pet parents that most commercial pet foods are made from less than human quality ingredients and that most pet foods bought in the store have been sitting around for as long as 18 months before you buy it.
So you just may have time to do some research and fine a better higher quality of pet food. Especially you would want to consider a pet food that does not contain (corn) and/or wheat. Not only do you have to worry about Mycotoxins, corn is not good for our pets it is indigestible to dogs, due to their short intestine, corn is a common allergens for dogs and can cause dry itchy skin, hair loss or dullness, lack of energy, chronic ear problems and chewing at the feet.
Corn or corn meal is a filler that dog food manufacturers use to save money. Corn passes right through your dog with little to no nutritional value. With the cost of wheat going up and because it will probably be replace by corn that is really from the bottom of the bin or barrel so to speak our pets are going to suffer more.
You need to watch your pet very carefully over the next six months maybe even a year before this poorer quality of ingredients may enter into their food source. Remember you have a little time to make a wiser choice of what food would be better for your best friend and if you notice any of the above mention symptoms please see your vet.