Harmful Contaminants in Pet Food by Natural Balance + $100 Sweepstakes

Be sure to read to the end for the $100 Visa gift card sweepstakes. Did you know there are harmful contaminants in most pet food? This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given the garbage they put in people food. And worse, your pets can’t tell you when something is wrong. They are 100% counting on you to give them the best care and food for their precious bodies. When Natural Balance® wanted to educate me on the nine harmful things in pet food, I was pretty enthusiastic to learn. My dog, cat, and kid are the most important things in my daily life. I always want to give them the best I can: this means food, too. Educating yourself on safety and quality is the first step in giving your pets the best. The best is a “Natural Balance” on sound principles and nutritional truths. But, before I tell you about the best you can give your pet, let me tell you about my little babe Noreen the Queen the Cuddle Machine.

Noreen the Queen the Cuddle Machine

So many people ask us, “why Noreen?”. Ha, it’s a funny name isn’t it? I like to say she was a 50’s hamburger joint waitress in her previous life, but the truth is we named her after the deli where she was found. harmful contaminants in pet food, natural balance, noreen, christa thompson

That’s right, Noreen (all 9 lbs. of her) is a rescue dog. Found at just four (super teenie weenie) weeks old roaming the parking lot next to a busy road, Noreen was near death by starvation. She was no bigger than the palm of my hand. A rescue was not even a question. And the rest is history. A history of being one of the smartest, most loyal and sweetest canines I’ve ever known. And yes, she’s an epic cuddle monster. Life without her would be so bland. Coming home from our travels, or even just from daily errands, she is a joy and the love of our lives. I lost my last rescue Yorkie to Cushing’s Syndrome and it was heartbreaking. I vowed to ALWAYS give my pets the best food I could find. It’s the least I can do for unconditional love. That’s why giving her a high quality, healthy balanced and natural diet is a must. We want to have her around forever. When I found out Natural Balance tests for nine harmful things in every batch of their Natural Balance food I was like “wait, there’s harmful things?”. Yeah…

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The Nine Harmful Things Natural Balance Tests For –  The Contaminants in Pet Food

Aflatoxin Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by fungi (molds). The class called aspergillus is of the bad one. It produces a harmful toxin called Aflatoxins (a Mycotoxin). Aflatoxin can be found on cereals (corn, wheat etc.), oilseeds (peanuts, soybean, and sunflower) and tree nuts (pecans, pistachio, and walnuts). Contamination depends on many factors such as temperature, humidity and soil condition during growth and further on conditions during storage.

Cyanuric Acid Cyanuric Acid (also called 1,3,5-Triazin-2,4,5-Triol) is a chemical component of disinfectants, herbicides, and bleach. It’s usually nontoxic, but can form poorly soluble crystals with melomile, leading to serious consequences for pets. Cyanuric acid was implicated in the pet food recalls in 2007.

DON (Vomtoxin) Vomitoxin (or DON, deoxynivalenol) is a mycotoxin derived from a fungus (mold) group called Fusarium. It’s naturally present in soil and plants. It’s usually found in grains such as wheat, barley, oats, and rye and causes severe gastrointestinal disease when ingested in sufficient amounts. DON was implicated in mycotoxin events in both farm animals and humans.

Ochratoxin Ochratoxins (A, B, C) are mycotoxins produced by some Aspergillus species and Penicillium species, like A. ochraceus or P. viridicatum, with ochratoxin A as the most prevalent and relevant fungal toxin of this group. Ochratoxin A is usually found in commodities like cereal/grain, coffee, dried fruit and red wine. Ochratoxins may be toxic to humans as it collects in animal meat.

Salmonella SPP Salmonella spp. is a group of bacteria many have heard of. It’s thought to be transmitted to humans or animals through contaminated foods. These bacteria can cause serious illness such as diarrhea, sometimes with bloody stool, nausea, abdominal cramping and urinary tract symptoms. While treatable, it’s usually ending with a hospital trip.

Zearalenone Zearalenone (ZEA) is a mycotoxin produced by some species of Fusarum and Gibberella Fungi (mold). Fusarium is widely distributed in soil and most species are harmless. However, some species produce mycotoxins in cereal crops, such as corn, barley, oats, wheat, rice, and sorghum, that can affect mammalian health. Most of these words we can’t even say, I get it… that’s why it’s important to use a brand you can trust and have confidence in (who has many people who can say these words). harmful contaminants in pet food, natural balance

The Natural Balance Brand

Natural Balance Pet Foods was founded in 1989. Before taking on this project I did my research on them to find they are more than just a producer, but true lovers of animals.  They are pet owners and have a genuine interest in producing the highest quality meals for our pets, for every dietary need (including vegetarian / vegan). I love that they use ingredients like fruits, vegetables and premium animal proteins such as chicken, lamb, salmon and venison. And, I love that they have a Buy with Confidence® promise based on values that define Natural Balance. This makes it easy to believe in the brand: Premium Quality Ingredients, Safety Testing, Nutrition Experts, and 100% Satisfaction. They run nine tests for safety. This is awesome! Every batch is tested before it’s shipped. You can even get the results of the tests ran on your bag in real time! WHAT? WOW!  For more info on the tests go here.  They also have Veterinary Technicians with backgrounds in Animal Health Science who consult them on the unique nutritional needs of pets.

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So Where Can You Get the Natural Balance Brand and How Do You Choose?

You can find it at PetSmart, PetCo, independent retailers or online. If you go to their website you can get the nearest location to you. I found that helpful when I was looking for it. I wasn’t sure about which one to get my small dog breed. I had heard this and that from pet store owners, but I wanted something I could count on. So I went to their website again (while I was in the store even) and used the “Help Me Choose” to determine the right food for Noreen. harmful contaminants in pet food, natural balance

I believe in Natural Balance

Finally I have found a meal for my sweet Noreen that I can trust in Natural Balance. I know it’s safe and I am confident that when it comes to dietary health, I’m doing everything I can to make sure she’s getting the best she can get. I can’t tell you how important this is to me.

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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

28 Comments on this post

  1. I don’t have a dog right now but I’m planning to adopt one in the future.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    grandgiveaways / Reply
  2. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/797088173755158532

    grandgiveaways / Reply
  3. We are feeding our dog a higher end Purina if I remember right. We are happy with it!

    Will G / Reply
  4. We feed our dog canned Pedigree and Alpo and we are happy with it.

    Kelly D / Reply
  5. Yes. I feed my puppy Beneful Healthy Bites with real chicken – super happy!

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

    Steve Weber / Reply
  6. I feed my dog Purina Beyond and am really happy with it.

    Rachel / Reply
  7. I am feeding my dog Natural Balance potato and duck formula because it was recommended by my breeder. My dog eats it every day and likes it. He has not problems digesting it.

    Natalie / Reply
  8. our dog loves beneful!

    Julie / Reply
  9. We get our dog Purina Beyond and are happy with it.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

    Jessie C. / Reply
  10. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/798705310995202048

    Jessie C. / Reply
  11. we’ve been feeding our dog purina

    Donna / Reply
  12. we love feeding my pup beneful

    Linda / Reply
  13. We also feed Natural Balance as our dogs love it so and I feel good giving it to them.

  14. I have two dogs i feed them Purina one dry food but am looking into more healthy options that are’nt so expensive,wet food is given in very small amounts but i’d like to try the natural balance i’d feel better knowing i was giving them something healthier and better for them

    Jennifer (@JP8675) / Reply
  15. I have 3 rescue cats, and feed them grain-free food.

    gina blades / Reply
  16. We have a cat and feed him Wellness grain free. Thanks for bringing attention to this important issue.

    Kayte CookWatts / Reply
  17. Presently, I am feeding my dog Iams. She appears to like it but am always willing to try something new.

    Terry / Reply
  18. Tweeted-https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/829750136909737984

    Terry / Reply

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