Canola Oil In Pet Foods

Canola Oil In Pet Foods

As you faithful readers know, I don’t feed my own pets processed pet foods nor do I ever recommend it be fed to anyone’s pets.

I recently saw a couple of pet food companies bragging about thier food containing “Healthy” Canola oil in thier foods. WHAT? I thought!   How is Canola Oil healthy? How is it even species appropriate for our carnivorous pets?
Canola is actually a made up/coined word friends. It appeared out of nowhere and is not listed in any but the most recent reference sources.It is a name given to “rape” seed! Well, come on, you have to admit that canola sounds far better than rape, right?. The name canola disguised the introduction of rape oil to America.

Yes, Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it and it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil!

Canola (Rape) is a semi-drying oil that is used as lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base, and as an illuminant for the slick color pages you see in magazines. It is an industrial oil and does not belong in any body, ours or our pets!

Rape oil was the source of the infamous chemical-warfare agent , mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skin of hundreds of thousands of solders and civilians during WW1. Recent French reports indicate that it was again used during the gulf.

Between 1950 and 1953, white mustard(rape) seed was irradiated in Sweden to increase seed production and oil content. Irradiation is the process the experts want use to make our food “safe” to eat. Genetically engineered fruits and vegetables – which will soon have innocent things like hepatitis-B spliced into their DNA – are another example of man”s misuses of technology and abuse of public trust by powerful interests and “head-in-the-sand” watchdog agencies.

Canola oil has some very interesting characteristics and effects on living systems. For example, it forms a latex-like substances that agglutinate the red blood corpuscles, as does soy, but much more pronounced. Loss of vision is a known, characteristic side effect of rape oil which antagonizes the central and peripheral nervous systems; again, like soy oil, again, worse. The deterioration takes years, however. Rape (canola) oil causes emphysema respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability and blindness in animals and humans alike. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991 when it was eventually thrown out. You may remember reading about the cows, pigs and sheep that went blind, lost their minds, attacked people and had to be shot.

Funny, the industry loves to talk about canola”s “qualities” that make it “healthy”. They say “it has an unsaturated structure(Omega 3, 6, 12), its wonderful digestibility and its fatty acid makeup”. They have been trying to turn us against naturally saturated oils and fats, while they come to the rescue with canola oil. They even tell us how Asia has warmly embraced canola due to its distinctive flavor. Isn’t it wonderful how internationalists brokers “help” third-world peoples? Reminds me of the introduction of the microwave oven (don’t even get me started on that one!).

Rape’s new name provided the perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to make billions in the United States. The euphemism is still very much in use, but is no longer needed.

God forbid you are still feeding kibble in the first place. However, if you are, check the ingredients, do a google or yahoo search on canola oil in pet food and canola oil toxic…

Ready to get your dog off kibble? Want more information on raw feeding or at the very least feeding a food that does not contain canola oil, grains or potatos?

Dr Thomason offers consultations via phone or email.The Whole Dog offers a variety of all natural, organic supplements and a grain and potato free, freeze Dried RAW diet for dogs if you are unable to feed a fresh raw diet for some reason.


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  2. Hi Judith,

    Thank you for listening to our podcasts, we hope it helps you and we appreciate your support. I’m going to go with Dr. Jeannie on this one and not just because she is my friend, colleague and co-host.

    There is an agenda afoot that tries to refute the truth about a lot of different things and this one on Canola is no different. There are big agra interests at stake here. Just because it is on Snopes or even the FDA site doesn’t mean it’s okay or good for you. In fact, if it is on the FDA site I’d be more inclined to believe it is in support of big pharma and big agra rather than for our health.

    Canola oil was originally and still is used as an industrial oil in insecticidal soaps. I used to think it was a good oil also until I dug deeper and discovered all the agenda behind it and it is similar to the same one that says all things soy are good for us – which it is not.

    We would invite you to do what our dogs are notorious for and dig deeper to the hidden agenda here. It’s pretty sad that people are being so duped because lives and health are at stake.

    It is much better to eat organic extra virgin olive oil, and even coconut oil. A good source where I get mine is at and you’ll will never find them selling canola oil for the exact reasons we both just stated.

    Take care and thank you for listening!

  3. Hi, I saw your post on Canola Oil and was immediately alarmed. Not for the safety of my pup as I cook for him, but for my own. I found this article that contradicts what you write about Canola Oil: I also found the and say that much of what you wrote is a false internet rumor/hoak. Also, Wikipedia states that Canola Oil, while it comes from a plant bred from the rapeseed plant does not contain the high erucic acid that would be harmful. I am still alarmed. Could you provide me with the source of your information on the toxicity of Canola Oil? Thank you, Colette

    I was wondering if you have any

  4. Hi Judith, the topic of Canola oil being bad or good is actually controversial due to the fact that we have to research this out for ourselves to know what is truth. It is kind of an “who are you going to believe” issue.

    The science that is the most alarming about Canola oil points out that it is actually processed from rape seed, which everybody agrees is a toxic plant. On the other hand, the makers of Canola oil say that to equate rape seed with Canola oil is inaccurate because the toxic qualities of the original plant have been virtually eliminated in the final product but they don’t have proof of this.

    the FDA said that rape seed oil has been used for cooking for centuries in certain parts of the world, but the problem has always been that 30 to 60 percent of it was erucic acid, the most offending substance. Canola oil, which comes from Canada, supposedly only contains between 0.3 and 1.2 percent. Critics of Canola oil say that the main reason rape seed oil is so popular with the manufacturers is that its cheap to grow and harvest and that because of its toxic nature, insects don’t bother it. The critics say that even with the lower levels of erucic acid, there are still other nutritional concerns that prompt them to recommend against using it.

    I could go on and on. There is just as much information online about the dangers of canola oil (if not more) then there is about how safe it is.

    Here are just a couple of reliable reports:

    Another issue I personally have is with Canola oil being used in pet food. Not only is this particular oil, highly refined but you would NEVER see a wolf or dog seeking out a rape seed field to find an essential fatty acid to add to their diet. As far as that goes, it is unlikely would seek out vegetable oils or even vegetables. Now, Salmon or some other fish if their body needed the EFA’s then YES! Much more species specific and digestible.

    Let’s look at all the facts, let’s try to feed our pets the foods that God designed them eat and in as natural and un-cooked/un-refined a state as possible and they will blossom into good health. 🙂

  5. I listen every week to your podcasts and kudo’s to you. I learn a lot and find inspiration. But I have got to call you on this one. I agree that dogs do not need these type of oils added to their food but thinking that canola oil is toxic is an internet myth.

    Don’t take my word for it (I am not a scientist) but check the following urls for the low down. I have been eating it for years with no ill effects.

    I won’t list the Canola Council of Canada as they, of course, have a different kind of an interest.

    At the bottom of the Snopes page are many references to written articles.

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