You may be aware of the fact that arsenic has been found in rice, and that recommendations are finally beginning to be made to eat only certain types of rice, and to limit it, especially when it comes to children.
Well, somehow, people forgot that dogs also eat rice, and for some, it's a daily part of their diet.
So, research is beginning to be done. And, as you would expect, the results are already showing that dogs (through hair testing.) eating rice in their diets have a much higher amount of the dangerous inorganic arsenic than those which do not.
In humans, iAs. the inorganic form of arsenic, has been associated with tumors of the skin, bladder and lungs, and with alterations in gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, immunological, haematological, pulmonary and developmental function.
In dogs, the research has so far mainly focused on nephrotoxicity.
To me, it seems logical that the rice in pet food is going to be found to cause health problems. It's arsenic. Not what we want our pets eating.
Btw, they may not be testing cats in any large way yet, but it's also logical that if there are cats eating rice, that they, too, will be taking in arsenic.
I am mentioning this, in case anyone wants to reconsider a daily diet with rice in it for their pet.
So far, recommendations are to keep changing a pets diet, so that they don't eat the same food all the time. For me, that doesn't solve the problem. Currently, my pets aren't eating rice as part of their daily diet, though they have in the past, and I plan to keep exposure to a minimum.
For example, if I have a sick dog, I won't be afraid to give them rice for a few days, though I will stick with white rice, as the better choice, arsenic-wise.
Anyway, just FYI.
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