About Know Your Pet Food

About Know Your Pet Food

Know Your Pet Food is Paws For Change Foundation project.

Purpose of KYPF:

To share the results of laboratory testing of commercial pet foods, with Pet Parents.

General Premise:

Discovery and exploration of what’s actually contained in a bag or can of commercial pet food can be challenging. Underwritten by committed Pet Parents who want to validate pet food constituents by using precise laboratory analysis, KYPF is an open access educational platform for those who want to gain more insight into what their furry friends are eating.

What KYPF tests for:

  • Macronutrients – Does the guaranteed analysis represented on a bag of pet food match lab results?
    Nutritional Minerals – Many pets foods contain synthetic minerals. Do these levels comport with minimum standards?
    Amino Acids – Testing for Essential, Conditionally Essential, and non-Essential Amino Acids are part of the landscape of analysis.
    Phytic Acid -An anti-nutrient high in Phosphorus, known to prevent mineral absorption.
    Vitamin D – An essential hormone impacting muscle protein synthesis and bone density.
    B-Vitamins – Crucial for cell metabolism, growth, and energy production.
    Aflatoxins – This form of mold, which can sometimes be found in pet food has been linked to illness, particularly cancer – is this something Pet Parents should be concerned about?
    Phthalates and BPA – These chemicals function to make plastics softer, and are also found in a variety of materials used during pet food processing.
    Vet Drug Residues and Pentobarbital – Hormones, antibiotics, and drugs can be detected in commercial pet foods, when present.
    Pathogens – Listeria, E Coli, and Salmonella in sufficient concentrations and forms can make dogs sick. Understanding pathogen count and type is essential for assessing food safety.
    DNA Analysis – Pet foods can contain species and ingredients that are not listed on the label. Understanding which species and ingredients are or are not present in a food can offer insight into pet food production practices.
    Glyphosate -Commercially known as the weed killer ‘Round-Up’.
    Heavy Metals – Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, and Cadmium.

Future Tests:

Lectins – Contained in various carbohydrates; this anti-nutrient has been implicated in increases in Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
Trypsin Inhibitors – The anti-nutrient most commonly found in soy which can be connected to pancreatic inflammation.
Radiation – Many pet foods are sterilized by radiation.
Lipid Oxidation – Fats can go rancid or be otherwise damaged when heated, improperly stored, or sterilized, potentially resulting negative health effects.
AGE’s (Heterocyclic Amines and Acrylimides) – Carcinogens created when a high heat process is applied to foods.
PBDEs – This chemical, previously found in processed pet food, is used as a fire retardant.

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