Glossary of Commercial Pet Food Preservatives

Long term and accumulated exposure have been strongly linked to these pet food additives. Their known toxicity makes it crucial that all responsible pet parents read pet food labels. If you find the following preservatives listed, it’s best to not purchase it for your furbabies sake.

  1. BHA(butylated hydroxyanisole) is a fat preservative that has been listed as a known carcinogen by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard under ‘chemicals known to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity.
  2. BHT(butylated hydroxytolulene) is also a fat preservative and stabilizer known to cause cancer as well as kidney and liver dysfunction in pets.
  3. Ethoxyquinis a non-regulated FDA preservative and hardening agent linked to causing pet cancer and organ toxicity.
  4. Propylene glycol is a preservative used to retain the moisture content in pet food. It has been banned by the FDA in cat food due to its effect on giving pet’s blood disease.