Connection between mouth cancer and dog food

A friend recently pointed out to me that in her prayer line group, there were an increasing number of people praying for dogs with mouth cancer. Mouth cancer as with other cancers is increasing in the dog population and there are many reasons why this is happening today.

One reason is the lack of oral care of dogs, but when I look back the last fifty years I didn’t see everyone running around brushing dog’s teeth. That is due to the fact that dogs were feed basically a raw diet, which did not require brushing. A good raw bone will brush your dogs teeth sparkling clean and with no bad breathe.

It has been reported that today, there is cancer in about 50 percent or more of our pet population. In the study of cancer there is a term known as mutagenic activity and you may want to know all about what this means if you have a pet dog or cat. Mutagenic means anything that promotes a mutation.

A mutation is a sudden departure from the parent type, in one or more genetic characteristics. The process of mutation is the act of change, or changing or altering a form of nature.

The very word mutation to me reminds me of a science fiction movie where the mutants from other planets come to earth and eat us, or mutate us to become like them. I am not fond of the word mutation, but in the world of science it’s a common term. A word that comes to mind is ” deviant” or ” permutation or “anomaly” which means its not normal activity on the biological or physiological level.

A study was conducted on the Mutagenic Activity and ” Heterocyclic” amine carcinogens in commercial pet foods. It is dated August 5th, 2003, four years before the pet food recall hit critical mass in March, of 2007.

The Pub med article indicates in short that twenty-five commercial pet foods were analyzed for mutagenic activity. The test used was called the ” Ames/Salmonella test with strain TA98 and added metabolic activation “.

Out of the 25 dog food tested, 24 tested postive for carciogens and one was negative.

Fourteen samples were analyzed for heterocyclic amine mutagens and thirteen came back positive. After I did my research with the National Cancer Institute on ” heterocyclic amine mutagens” they reported that certain meats cooked at high temperatures will create chemicals that are cancer causing agents in food. Whether it is beef, pork, lamb, or fish cooking these meats will cause these chemicals to form on the food.

Over ten of the 14 also contained a chemical called ” amino 1 methyl phenylimidazo pyridine or (PhIP) which also is associated with pancreatic cancer also from cooking meats at high temperatures.

From these findings it is hypothesized that there is a connection between diet and cancer in animals consuming these foods. This supports the ever increasing trend of dog owners to turn to raw foods for their pets to ensure their pets are not getting these cancer causing agents.

The trend today of one new company that just introduced a product that is lightly cooked in broth which avoids the cancer causing chemicals in the pet manufacturing process. Incidently it is manufactured in Pennsylvania and has no imported ingredients from China.

See Pub Med site: bmed/12948828?dopt=Abstract

This report is published in the Pub Med site at: and the link is Biology and Biotechnology Research Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550, USA

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