Merrick - Herbal Extracts and Neurological Problems?
(Tampa, FL, USA)
Does your new “natural” cat or dog food contain herbs such as rosemary extract, a neurotoxin that can cause neurological problems, seizures and anemia?
The real culprit in cat and dog foods may be rosemary extract, a natural neurotoxin. Adverse reactions, including seizures, can show up soon after ingestion but symptoms may also be delayed which complicates accurate diagnosis.
Holistic practitioners warn that herbal extracts, such as rosemary, sage, thyme, wormwood, dill, and mint, may be “mind-stimulating and “contributors to seizures”
MERRICK DOG FOOD IS LOADED with these ingredients! Help me petition Merrick to take them out! Dogs are not gourmets - they won't know the difference and the food will be safe!
I have sent email to Merrick.
WHY use these ingredients at all? The dogs don’t know the difference – only people think it sounds yummy. The dogs have to eat it!! It will lower their production costs and make a safer product!!!
See here for full article on this very interesting (and worrisome) topic: Rosemary Extract, Pet Food Neurotoxin.
Bear in mind though, it's not only Merrick dog food. There are also other all natural dog food brands that contain these herbal extracts in some of their recipes.
If this is a concern to anyone, or if you're already dealing with dog seizures, we believe it's definitely worth paying attention to. As pointed out by our visitor, Mel, our dogs certainly are not going to notice the difference, and it's always best to err on the side of caution. When in doubt, leave it out!
If anyone else has any information on this subject, or if you've suspected a herbal extract, such as rosemary, has caused seizures in your own dog, PLEASE add your comments here.