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When you have pets at home, their health and safety are among our top priorities. Every day, we make sure that our pets receive only the best. When you are feeding your pet commercial pet food as compared to what you could make at home, it is to choose a brand that is safe, healthy, and beneficial for your pet.There are a number of brands of commercial pet food available in the market. Choosing from them can be a daunting task, especially if you do not know what to look for. Most people make the mistake of buying pet food without checking the ingredients. The ingredients in pet food are one of the most important factors that you should keep in mind.If your pet food has any of these red-flag ingredients, avoid using them as it can be harmful to the health of your pet.Carrageenan
Carrageenan is an ingredient that is extracted from seaweed and is used for emulsification of food products. Carrageen is found in most pet foods, especially the ones that are moist. It is a highly debated ingredient, especially since can cause intestinal inflammation, edema, and colon cancer in pets.When buying pet food, try to avoid brands that include Carrageenan even in small amounts.Animal fat and bone meal (MBM)
When shopping for pet food, you are likely to find several brands that include animal fat and/or bone meal in their pet food. Look out for these ingredients and avoid using such products because animal fat and MBM are obtained from sick animals that died in farms, expired food products, and scraps from the restaurant. In most cases, these ingredients are likely to include the grease and fat from deep fryers.In addition, since animal fat and MBM are extracted from sick, dead animals, it is likely to be contaminated with drugs that are administered for carrying out euthanasia.White flour
It is a well-known fact that white flour can cause weight gain, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and so on in humans. White flour has the same effect on pets as well. It is stripped of all essential nutrients and leaves your pet feeling full for a very short time. As a result, your pet is at a risk for overeating, thus leading to weight gain, obesity, and poor heart health.Pet foods that are whole grain or even grain free are a great alternative for pet foods based on white flour.Ethoxyquin
This is a preservative that is commonly used in dog food. Studies have shown that Ethoxyquin is quite dangerous and cause renal failure, severe immune deficiency, and cancer in dogs. It is best to avoid any pet food that uses Ethoxyquin as a preservative.