your new “natural” cat or dog food contain herbs such
extract, a neurotoxin that can cause neurological problems, seizures
When Veterinarians reported that Premium Edge caused
neurological problems in cats, testing found that one batch lacked
Vitamin B1(thiamine) but the real culprit in cat and dog foods may be
extract, a natural neurotoxin. Adverse reactions, including seizures,
can show up
soon after ingestion but symptoms may also be delayed which complicates
According to Mombu.com/medicine,
Flavoring. PAE: illness. An ounce can cause death" (PAE indicates
potential adverse affects). We already know that rosemary extract
cause seizures in cats and small dogs, so it is possible that large
also experience adverse effects depending on the ratio ingested.
vet may begin treatment for epilepsy without ever suspecting the real
seizures. While Phenobarbital will control or reduce seizures,
continues to consume the ingredient and neurological damage continues.
though FDA considers most herbs GRAS (generally regarded as safe) Pet
companies should research any herbal extract intended for a pet food
Holistic practitioners warn that herbal extracts, such as rosemary,
thyme, wormwood, dill, and mint, may be “mind-stimulating and
seizures” and note, they are referring to conditions brought about when
substances are ingested by susceptible humans, not by a dog or cat only
fraction of a human’s weight.
When “Natural” became a marketing buzzword in pet food after the 2007
disaster many cat and dog food makers capitalized on the “natural food”
by adding herbs, including rosemary extract, to their foods. Notably,
practitioners refer to herbal extracts such as rosemary, sage, thyme,
dill, and mint, as mind-stimulating contributors to seizures.
While a sprinkling of rosemary may be a healthy, delightful addition to
spaghetti sauce, in certain forms, herbs can be anything but “healthy.”
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (1)
interact with supplements, medications, and even other herbs. Most
for herbal use carry the caveat “herbal extracts should be used under
supervision of a healthcare practitioner.” There have been reports of
reactions due to their volatile oil content. Reactions in humans
vomiting, spasms, coma and fluid in the lungs. Obviously the effect on
smaller animal such as a dog or cat could be much greater.
researchers found that rosemary interferes with absorption of iron in
resulting in anemia in humans. When pets are diagnosed with anemia, the
is commonly diagnosed as flea bites. Few vets would relate anemia to
extract in pet food so the anemic dog or cat is treated for fleas with
of dipping or oral flea prevention which may further affect the immune
UMMC states that rosemary oil (extract) should never be taken orally,
makes no sense to add it to a pet food recipe. Their experts also said
rosemary has not been studied in children, it is not recommended for
use in those under age 18.” That caution was for occasional medicinal
when cat or dog foods contain rosemary extract, pets are ingesting it
on a daily
basis for months or years!
In addition to problems associated with rosemary in pet foods, there
other questionable substances, such as soy products, newly created
additives (prebiotics), live bacteria (probiotics), waste products such
soybean hulls, and even dangerous levels of fluoride in many cat and
The only good pet food is one that has been carefully researched!