Many dog owners prefer feeding their pets canned food over homemade food; its typically cheaper, less time consuming and altogether more convenient. However, a recent study has found that a canned food diet may be exposing your dog to the health risks of BPA.
BPA or Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical used to make plastics and reisens including bottles, bottle and container lids and other containers used to store food and beverages. Research has found that BPA can seep into the food or beverages from the container they’re stored in, exposing the consumer to a host of health risks.
The Health Risks of BPA
Studies have found that high levels of BPA in the body can affect the brain, glands and overall development of foetuses as well as infants.
Other advocates against BPA suggest it can stimulate prostate cancer cells, cause structural damage to the brain, increase hyperactivity and aggressiveness and stimulate early puberty.
BPA in Dog Food
In a recent study, which was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, researchers took 14 dogs who typically ate food stores in a bag and gave them canned food for two weeks.
They found that within two weeks, the levels of BPA in the dogs’ blood had exponentially increased. The researchers suggested that BPA in dogs can change their gut function and metabolism, leading to deteriorating health.
Additionally, the researchers suggested that there may even be human concerns; “Dogs, who share our internal and external environments with us, are likely excellent indicators of potential human health concerns to BPA and other environmental chemicals,” they wrote.