Triclosan can cause colon problems in pets

Pet parents, beware! New studies reveal that Triclosan, a common antimicrobial ingredient, can cause health problems in dogs and cats.

Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial ingredient found in many products such as toothpaste, cosmetics, kitchenware, children’s and dogs’ toys, beds and shampoos. This chemical is also incorporated into plastic pet food bag liners, and the plastic wrap on certain meats.

Recent studies show that brief exposure to Triclosan, at relatively low doses, can cause low-grade colonic inflammation, increases colitis, and exacerbates colitis-associated colon cancer. These findings pose another concern regarding the cause of dysbiosis and inflammatory bowel disease in dogs and cats. Chronic exposure and ingestion of TCS may also contribute to skin and thyroid problems as well as food allergies.

To help protect your dog or cat, ask pet food manufacturers where they source their ingredients and packaging.