If you’re concerned with your dog’s health, it may be time to kick the can.
Researchers at the University of Missouri have recently found that the lining used in cans of dog foods, all containing Bisphenol A (BPA), undeniably leeches the toxic substance into the food it’s intended to keep safe.
BPA, a chemical used to harden plastic, has been banned from use in baby bottles for it’s interference with the endocrine system. Hundreds of studies have linked BPA to human conditions from cancer to reproductive issues. And, according to Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld, an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, exposure to the substance could lead to significant consequences for small animals.
For two weeks, healthy pets — volunteered for the MU study by local owners — were fed one of two popular canned foods. One of the foods contained BPA in its packaging, the other did not. The idea was to see if short-term exposure to the chemical would raise BPA levels in a dog. Dr. Rosenfeld says the results were “very revealing.”