Being a member of Pet Sitters International, I receive weekly email news briefs about hot topics in the pet sitting community and one in particular caught my attention as it was something I had wondered myself; Should people worry about BPA levels for their pets? The answer the article from Dogster.com, says yes, but focused on something I was not even considering being the source for concern….canned pet food.
WHAT IS BPA? – BisphenalA, or BPA, is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. It is commonly found in plastic bottles and food can liners.
WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? – BPA is an endocrine disrupter, which means it mimics or interferes with your body’s hormones and “disrupts” the endocrine system. The glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of the body. This in turn can affect growth hormones, hyperactivity, obesity, immune system and has been linked to cancer.
The articles I reviewed referring to pets (you can find links at the bottom of this blog) all refer to a recent study published by the journal Science of the Total Environment which analyzed the BPA levels in dogs; some of whom were fed just dry food vs those who were fed just canned food who had 3 times the levels of BPA after just two weeks. Please refer to the links if you would like to read in more detail.
HOW TO LOWER YOUR PETS BPA EXPOSURE:
- Monitor how your pet’s food is packaged
- Switch out plastic bowls to glass or stainless steel ones
- Avoid hard plastic toys and instead look for toys made of all-natural materials
I welcome your comments below and will update with any new research that comes my way.