To the Editor:
Recently we have been made very aware of the issues concerning GMO products but the problems are not limited to us - the humans. According to Dr. Michael W. Fox, DCS, PHD, B. VET MED, MRCVS, by the mid 1990s he began to suspect that diet could be part of the many health problems that had not been evident when dogs were being fed "conventional" corn and soy. He has definitely determined that products derived from GM crops are not safe for them as is the case for us.
According to the article in Animal Wellness, holiday issue, by the mid ‘90s more and more genetically engineered corn and soy were being used in pet foods and fed to farm animals - whose meat, of course, found the way to our pets as well as to us.
Dr. Fox states: The results of most of the rather few studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters the significance of which remains unknown.
In his professional capacity he discovered that people reported many, many problems that appear to have a connection: harmful side effects to prescribed remedies, problems with the various prescription diets their vets recommended (prescribed) after animals (read: your dog or your cat) were diagnosed with many health issues such as allergies, asthma, skin problems, leaky gut, pancreatic functions and many more.
It is said that novel proteins are created when GM crops such as corn and soybeans are created. And, these proteins can and do cause allergies and assault the immune system.
He states that the genetic modification of the products can lower nutrient content, elevate potential toxins and create novel RNA variations. In a review in 2009 altered DNA from GM foods "can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract."
As a conscientious dog and cat owner avoid all products that include corn, wheat, soy, canola, sugar beets and cotton by-products since we cannot know if they have been altered. Or, better yet, aim to feed organic products, which state there are no GMO ingredients.
And, I recommend two books by Steve Brown: See Spot Live Longer and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet.
Your pets trust you. Please do not betray that trust.
CABC (Certified Animal Behavior Consultant) IAABC 067