Can dogs have cottonseed oil?
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Can dogs have cottonseed oil?

In recent years, speculations have been made on common dog-food ingredients and their toxicity levels. According to researchers who conducted a retrospective study of human males’ dietary intake and its effects on their body, it was released that the usage of seed oils has resulted in plummeting sperm quality. According to animal-experts, a similar trend has been noticed in dogs, for most store-bought dog foods include seed oils in their list of ingredients.

This discovery leaves dog parents dismayed and confused about how they can feed their dogs’ safe food. A few things to consider about seed oils and their effects, especially cottonseed oil, are listed down as you go about reading the article. Perhaps this article can do a good job of explaining what cottonseed oil does and whether it should be a part of your pet’s diet. 

What does cottonseed oil do?

Gossypol is a naturally occurring pesticide present in cotton plants. Gossypol can be highly intoxicating for some animals like swine and poultry, who have no tolerance for it. Cattle, however, can detoxify some quantities of Gossypol which makes a certain quantity of it permissible to them. Unfortunately for dogs though, Gossypol has proved dangerous for their sperm life and strength. While there is a lack of literature on the exact impact of cottonseed oil on dogs’ health, it induces similar effects in other animals and hence dog owners should consider this when they go in the market looking for good-quality food for their four-legged pal. 

Should your dog have food with cottonseed oil?

As explained above, cottonseed oil contains a slightly toxic chemical that has been linked to nosediving sperm quality in animals and humans alike. It is highly possible that a similar trend could exist in dogs relying on feed containing cottonseed oil. While we are discussing comparison, cattle vets have not suggested the complete elimination of seed oils from animal feeds because oils are essential elements of their food. However, the concentration of cottonseed oil in a dog feed must be carefully chosen. Ideally, it should not be above 0.5% of the dog’s own weight. If your dog shows a very low tolerance for this amount of cottonseed oil, then you must avoid using such feeds altogether. 

Are all oils/fats bad for dogs?

No, not all fats are bad for dogs. In fact, dogs have no requirement for carbohydrates, so their energizing food component comes from fat intake. A feed with a mix of animal and plant-based fats would be good for your dog like salmon oil, canola oil, etc.

Is there any nutritional value of eating vegetables for dogs?

Dogs are omnivores. They enjoy a blend of meat and plant-based diets. The addition of vegetables and fruits in their feed is a good thing since dogs need a balanced diet containing vitamins and minerals, besides the obvious requirement of protein and fat.

What foods must be avoided in dog feeds?

When choosing a dog feed, keep an eye out for some ingredients which are a big no-no for your dogs. Some companies tend to add preservatives or food coloring to make dog feed look appetizing. That is completely unacceptable. Similarly, also avoid feeds with added sugar and salt.

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