Thanks to new research brought to our attention by Dr. Michael W. Fox, we have learned that antimicrobial additives can cause harm to pets.
From Dr. Fox:
TRICLOSAN, A UBIQUITOUS ANTIBACTERIAL HEALTH THREAT
H. Yang el al., “A common antimicrobial additive increases colonic inflammation and colitis-associated colon tumorigenesis in mice,” Science Translational Medicine 30 May 2018: Vol. 10, Issue 443, eaan4116 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aan4116
Triclosan (TCS) is a high-volume chemical used as an antimicrobial ingredient in more than 2000 consumer products, such as toothpaste, cosmetics, kitchenware, children’s and dogs’ toys, beds and shampoos. It is also incorporated into plastic pet food bag liners and in plastic meat and poultry wrapping which can finish up in pet foods. Scientists recently reported that brief exposure to TCS, at relatively low doses, causes low-grade colonic inflammation, increases colitis, and exacerbates colitis-associated colon cancer in mice. ( H. Yang el al., “A common antimicrobial additive increases colonic inflammation and colitis-associated colon tumorigenesis in mice,” Science Translational Medicine 30 May 2018: Vol. 10, Issue 443, eaan4116 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aan4116).
These research findings add yet another concern to what may cause dysbiosis and inflammatory bowel disease in dogs and cats. It is an accountability call to pet food manufacturers to stipulate to their ingredient-providers that all plastic wrappings on discarded meat and poultry parts are removed before processing, plastic liners of dry pet foods and wrapping of frozen pet foods are TCS-free.
Chronic exposure and ingestion of TCS may also contribute to skin and thyroid problems and food allergies.
(For more background information on this antibiotic see Pat Thomas, The Dawn of the domestic superbug – The Ecologist https://theecologist.org/2005/
—Michael W. Fox veterinarian, www.drfoxvet.net
Just one example found of Triclosan in a pet product…
Triclosan is included in the ingredients of this dog toothpaste.
For pet owners wishing to avoid this antibacterial ingredient, as with the toothpaste – it might be listed in ingredients. For dry foods bag liners and frozen food liners, consumers will need to ask their manufacturer if the package liner includes Triclosan.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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