BARF World Eliminates the Fear of Diet Related Hyperthyroidism
A recent article was brought to my attention regarding recalls on a number of canned dog food diets. It was reported that these diets, along with other treats and pet food products have been pulled from retail store shelves due to high levels of thyroxine in the food, leading to hyperthyroidism, also known as thyrotoxicosis. Excessive levels cause an increase in metabolism thus affecting multiple systems and organs. Treatment of hyperthyroidism depends on the cause.
A recent article was brought to my attention regarding recalls on a number of canned dog food diets. It was reported that these diets, along with other treats and pet food products have been pulled from retail store shelves due to high levels of thyroxine in the food, leading to hyperthyroidism, also known as thyrotoxicosis. Thyroxine, the T4 thyroid hormone, is the most abundant thyroid hormone in the body. Excessive levels cause an increase in metabolism thus affecting multiple systems and organs.
Abnormally high levels of thyroxine can be exhibited by symptoms such as an increase in appetite but with excessive weight loss instead of gain, increased thirst, vomiting and diarrhea, increased urine output, hyperactivity, difficulty breathing and even possible palpation of an enlarged thyroid gland. Your Vet will diagnose hyperthyroidism by performing a thorough physical examination and by conducting a urinalysis, measuring the levels of thyroxine in the body.
Treatment of hyperthyroidism depends on the cause. A tumor, for example, will be treated much differently than high thyroid levels which are caused from an external source. In the case of the recalled food, the high levels of T4 are present due to the use of thyroid glands in the meat. Any products containing livestock gullet or laryngeal tissue is a potential source of thyroid hormones which makes me wonder how these companies can refer to their food as "premium." Premium denotes high quality. This hardly applies here. It is important for any hormone producing organ to be completely removed before adding the meat to the diet. This is careless and proves the company to be either knowledgeable or simply negligent.
In 2017, the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine investigated a cluster of three dogs of various ages, living in separate household. Each exhibited symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Once the presence of elevated thyroid hormone was represented in the blood for each of dog, a full thyroid panel ruled out cancer and it was determined that the levels were most consistent with an external hormone source. After researching the dog's environment and diet, it was found that each dog consumed canned dog food. After discontinuing the food, each dog displayed normal T4 levels within a few weeks and symptoms disappeared.
Canned food companies are not the only ones with this problem. Whether canned, dry or raw, it is incredibly important to know from where your pet's food is obtained. Do not be fooled by attractive marketing words such as "premium" or mere claims of "high quality" and "good value". Do your research on a company before buying their products. The internet is a powerful tool, providing us with informative reviews and background on companies around the world. Be cautious of the news and recalls and stay educated on current trends and changes in the pet food industry.
At BARF World, we can assure you that our patties and nuggets are of the utmost quality and always human grade. We are diligent in carefully removing hormone producing organs from our meat sources, and during twenty years of production, we report zero incidences of high thyroxine levels in our dogs. We pride ourselves in being the pioneers of raw dog food and we stand behind the excellence of our products. This article was appalling, especially given that nearly $1.5 billion dollars was spent on wet dog food alone in 2016. We have to stop subjecting our dogs to these potential dangers and be proactive in the health of our pet companions. To learn more, visit us at www.barfworld.com.
Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.
"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!