A pet food recall on dog food in 2017 demonstrated that thyroid gland does appear in dog food despite FDA regulations. Thyroid gland can potentially appear in cat foods and perhaps also cause hyperthyroidism in cat like it did in dogs in the 1997 recall.
How does this happen?
- Pet food and treats in all forms (dry food, canned food, treats, etc.) with elevated thyroid hormone levels likely contains animal gullets (laryngeal tissue) in which the thyroid glands were not completely removed.
- USDA prohibits the use of thyroid glands and laryngeal muscle tissue for human food. However, it is difficult to remove from the gullet (neck tissue)
- Any products containing livestock gullet or laryngeal tissue is a potential source of thyroid hormones.
- If a thyroid gland is not completely removed from a gullet and that gullet is then added to pet food or treats, remnant thyroid tissue could be a source of thyroid hormones.
- One way to be certain that there are no traces of thyroid in pet food is to avoid the use of livestock gullets.
Dr. DeBonis will provide a free 15 minute consultation (Value is $35) upon payment of a test. Or if you prefer to speak with Dr. DeBonis first, the $35 consultation fee will be credited towards the payment of a test.
Shipping: Your Sample fee includes the Sampling Kit, Pre-filled Submission Form, Shipping the Sampling Kit to the client, and Shipping the Sample Kit (containing the pet food sample) to PFSVL.
Refunds: Only partial refunds are available on any purchase (unless it is a technical issue). Once Sample Kits have been shipped, then refunds include a Shipping & Handling fee of 20%. If samples are already inside the lab, then they are not available for any refunds.