Oxytetracycline — public enemy #1 for the health of dogs and cats.
At Forza10, we talk a lot about our “enemy”, oxytetracycline, which is commonly found in modern food production. But what are we exactly talking about?
Oxytetracycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is widely and legally used in intensive farming. Unfortunately an incredible number of animals, particularly chickens, turkeys, and pigs, are often living in a cramped spaces, piled one against the other, in terrible unhygienic conditions. Since World War II, rather than considering extensive farming, industrialists decided to use oxytetracycline in order to avoid epidemics and cut the cost of farming. Since then, oxytetracycline hides in plain sight behind its “legal” and wide use, which is why it’s not only a public danger, but a sneaky enemy.
Since the 1970’s, veterinarian Sergio Canello started to seriously distrust this antibiotic in his clinical practice. Dr. Canello identified oxytetracycline as the possible cause of most common diseases in dogs and cats. The manifestations of food intolerance could seemingly be traced to oxytetracycline, causing the body of the animals to react with chronic inflammatory processes, such as itchy dermatitis, gingivitis, stomatitis, gastritis, enteritis, colitis, cystitis, nephritis, watery eyes, vomiting, fasting, excessive salivation, or diarrhea.
Residues of oxytetracycline are stored in the fat and especially in the bone of factory farmed animals. This is a potentially dangerous problem for humans, since products such as hot dogs, sausages, cordon bleu, cutlets, hamburgers, and chicken nuggets are all produced by the mechanical separation of the meat from the bone. But particularly more so for dogs and cats, who are fed with industrial pet foods that likely contain meat by-products and bone meal.
Dr. Sergio Canello’s observations remained a theory for some years. Although empirically verified from his practice and as manifested proof in his furry patients, Oxytetracycline gets away with it’s misdeeds for several decades, unaware that our hero has not surrendered yet.
Fast forward to 2016. Dr. Canello has successfully assembled a brilliant team of collaborators, the SANYpet Research and Development Department. With their help, not only was he was able to scientifically prove with two studies*, the presence of oxytetracycline in the minced bone of intensively farming chickens, but also the long period of concentration in tissues, as well as its toxicity on tissues, organs and other systems.
The battle between Dr. Sergio Canello DVM and Oxytetracycline is no longer an individual crusade. A number of valued SANYpet colleagues have chosen to join him and stand by his side in his mission to defeat public enemy #1 for the health of dogs and cats.
However, the war has not yet been won and SANYpet has expanded it’s arsenal with FORZA10 to help win it, thanks to clean ingredients with no pharmacological residues, and selecting only extensive farmed meats from pure sources.
However, this is still not enough! Although our food has helped many achieve their own personal victories for their four-legged friends, we cannot rest until we see a change in the food production industry itself. We will continue shouting out to the whole world to let everyone know about the public enemy #1 hidden under their very noses.
* ”If you know the enemy as you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles” — Sun Tzu. All that Dr. Canello DVM and his team know about their enemy and its identification as such, have been published in important international scientific journals: Poultry Science: Cytotoxic effects of oxytetracycline residues in the bones of broiler chickens following therapeutic oral administration of a water formulation; JBMT “Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology”: Toxicological implications and inflammatory response in human lymphocytes challenged with oxytetracycline.