I realize that is a rather personal question, but your pets food could be the cause.
In doing my research for Petsumer Report, I found an interesting educational article on the Soybean Meal Information Center website. This article lists the benefits and the side effects of Soybean Meal – a commonly used ingredient in pet food.
Quoting their website…
“Soy products are commonly included in companion animal diets as a source of crude protein and (or) amino acids.
Their benefits include:
(1) They are an economical source of protein;
(2) They are readily available and of consistent quality;
(3) They are palatable to the animal as demonstrated using standard palatability tests;
(4) They have a balanced amino acid profile that complements the amino acid pattern of cereals like corn;
(5) They improve diet texture;
(6) In vegetarian diets, they can serve as the major protein source;
(7) They serve as a source of dietary fiber; and
(8) One in particular (textured soy protein) retains its appearance (i.e., looks like meat) after canning.”
“Disadvantages associated with the feeding of soy products to dogs and cats include:
(1) They have a negative image on the part of the pet owner;
(2) They contain antinutritional factors such as trypsin inhibitor (inactivated by extrusion and canning) and oligosaccharides, the later being responsible for increased production of flatulence;
(3) They have low methionine and cysteine concentrations;
(4) Their use may increase the taurine requirement of cats;
(5) Some animals may exhibit an allergic reaction to soy protein;
(6) Soy protein may reduce trace mineral availability because of its phytate and fiber concentrations; and
(7) Soy product inclusion in diets may provide excessive quantities of soluble dietary fiber.”
Several things really bothered me about this article. In particular – Number (8) on the Advantages list. “One in particular retains its appearance (i.e., looks like meat) after canning.” Yikes! I guess the logic with profit minded pet food manufacturers is that if it looks like meat, smells like meat – who cares if it’s not the best for the pet! What a shame.
The number (1) on the Advantages list – ‘they are an economical source of protein’ – bothers me too. In my opinion, if a pet food or pet treat manufacturer is producing a product that is based on a grain protein (soy, corn, wheat) – Pet Owners deserve to know that. But I guess a dog or cat food that stated ‘made with real soybeans’ wouldn’t sell very well!
On the Disadvantages side – we have increased gas, possible allergen (by the way, pets typically show food allergies through skin and coat problems and ear problems), may increase the taurine requirements in cats – lack of taurine can cause blindness in cats. And last but not least, soy can cause soft loose stools.
Besides being a cheap protein source for the manufacturer – I see no benefit for the pet. My suggestion for pet Owners – stay clear of any pet product that uses soy. Not only is it considered inferior by the soy industry to be used in pet foods – if a manufacturer is so profit minded to replace a meat protein with a grain protein (corn, wheat or soy) – what else are they doing to cut corners and improve profits? Something to think about.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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