Did you know that feeding fresh PET MINCE and fresh PACKAGED PET MEAT can cause sickness and death in cats and dogs?
Assume that all fresh PET MEAT, PET MINCE and non-cooked pet food rolls will contain sulphur preservatives (found in the huge refrigerated mass of packaged pet meat in supermarkets). Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is destroyed by sulphur preservatives. These can also be labelled as Preservatives 220, 221, 223, 224, 225, & 228.
When sulphur preserved meat is fed alone or at the same time as thiamine containing foods, the thiamine in all the food is destroyed & a thiamine deficient state can result. The feeding of sulphite treated meat to pets on a regular basis may lead to potentially fatal thiamine deficiency.
Symptoms of thiamine deficiency in cats:
Dilated pupils, wobbly walking, muscle tremors, behavioural changes, downward bending of the head and neck, head tilt, circling, convulsions and death.
Symptoms of thiamine deficiency in dogs: (Signs are less specific)
Any neural deficit. Depression, unsteady, drunken movement, circling, head tilt, weakness, altered mental state, seizures (fits), combinations of the above and death.
SULPHUR PRESERVATIVES can do the following:
- delay spoilage
- decrease odour
- preserve the red colour of the meat
- increase the shelf life and palatability of cooked meat
It is recommended that a balanced commercial pet food (tinned or dry) be substituted for these foods. If fresh meat must be fed, meat purchased for human consumption is preservative free.