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Careful using feed or treats with artificial coloring..
Artificial Colors and Coloring Agents...…………………..
As a rule of thumb today is that if it looks unnatural then you’re probably correct. Real, healthy and safe dog food ingredients are not supposed to be radioactive yellow or fluorescent red in color.
It has been observed that dogs consuming food with a lot of artificial coloring will take up those color compounds into their gastrointestinal tract, according to this study.
Brilliant Blue FCF, or Indigotine, another artificial color, has been shown to inhibit the growth of dogs. The dogs eventually died of intercurrent virus infections, which is theorized to have been the result of a decreased ability to fight off the infection due to the dogs compromised health.
Finally, there is evidence to suggest that regular intake of Indigotine may lead to the development of cancer .
The bright red dye known as Ponceau SX is a synthetic dye that when included in dog chow at a 2% concentration has led to the death of three of five dogs in a five-year clinically controlled study .
In the same family of dyes as Ponceau SX, Ponceau 3R has shown that including it in a dogs diet can have deleterious effects on the canines liver after a mere 32 weeks of feeding, according to this study .
Food dyes, like Red Dye 40, are chemical colorings added to dog food. They have no nutritional value, and have in fact been shown to increase hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention (common ADHD symptoms in humans). (8) If your dog is having behavior problems, you might want to take a look and see if any of these colorings are in his or her current food brand.
In addition, several food dyes are confirmed carcinogens.
Yellow 5 - Also known as tartrazine or E102, this dye requires a warning label in Europe. It is commonly found in processed foods we humans consume as well as pet food, it is thought to cause neurochemical and behavior effects, including hyperactivity, aggression, and insomnia. It is also linked to asthma, allergies, thyroid tumors, lymphomas, ADHD, and chromosomal damage.
Red 40 - Perhaps the most well-known artificial food dye because of it's prevalence and bad reputation, it is tainted with cancer-causing contaminants. You've probably heard a lot about it because it is linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children.
Blue 2 - Often contains cancer-causing contaminants and may contribute to abnormal cell development, especially in the brain. It is most closely linked to brain tumors. May also cause allergic reactions.
Yellow 6 - Has been reported to cause allergies and is linked to hyperactivity in children. Some studies have shown that it has caused adrenal gland and kidney tumors in animals. It is also linked to skin issues, asthma, and chromosomal damage.
IT SEEMS THAT EVERYTIME A BREED OR LINE OF DOGS GET POPULAR IT EVENTUALLY LEADS TO ITS RUINATION BY UNINFORMED PEOPLE BREEDING WITHOUT DOING THEIR RESEARCH FIRST.
Gone but never forgotten:
NtChGrCh Dryfork Punkin
NtChGrCh Dryfork Little Blue Baby Doll
2009 Pa Show Dog Of The Year
GrCh Dryfork Little Black Book
2009,2013,2018 Pa. State
Show Handler Of The Year
GrCh Dryfork Black Dog Raine
Gr.Ch. Black Dog Black Cherry
Gr.Ch. Make My Day Sunny
2018 Pa. Show Dog Of Year
Gr.Ch. Batman's Poison Ivy
2011&2013 WTDA Pa State Champion
2011&2013 Overall Hunt For The Cure
Ch. Jay's Greenridge Heidi
In memory of my best friend "Jay"
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