Endotoxins in Pet Food with Amy Renz

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As responsible pet parents, we strive to provide our dogs with the best nutrition possible. However, many commercial dog foods, particularly kibble, can contain high levels of endotoxins. These toxic substances are produced by certain bacteria and can cause a range of health issues, including gastrointestinal distress, immune system dysfunction, and even systemic inflammation. In this episode of Your Natural Dog with Angela Ardolino, we’re joined by Amy Renz, advocate within the pet food industry and CEO of Goodness Gracious, who handcraft human grade pet food and treats in small batches. Amy joins us to discuss the presence of endotoxins in commercial pet food, the damage caused by these endotoxins, and how to protect your dog by asking questions and knowing exactly what is in their pet food. 

Episode Recap: 

  • What are endotoxins in pet food?
  • Damage caused by endotoxins in pet food
  • Endotoxins & copper – synergistic damage
  • Endotoxins in rendered ingredients
  • Euthanized and diseased animals in pet food
  • How to protect your pet from endotoxins in pet food
  • Human grade pet food and fresh whole foods

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About Angela Ardolino

angela ardolino your natural dog podcast cbd dog health mycodog pet health expert holistic Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert and educator who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, a rescue animal sanctuary farm, and two locations of her natural pet salon and shop Beautify the Beast. She’s also the founder and formulator of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural cannabis health and wellness products for pets; and MycoDog, which creates and produces high-quality medicinal mushroom and adaptogen tinctures specifically for pets.

Accordingly, she has used CBD Dog Health’s Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, and now MycoDog mushroom extracts, on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela has Odie, a 16-year-old mini-schnauzer, as well as Jolene, Maza, and Rhemi. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.

About Amy Renz

amy renz goodness gracious pet food endotoxins in dog food Amy Renz is a courageous leader and advocate within the pet food industry. In 2009 she envisioned a planet with thriving companion animals, homes for the homeless ones, and respect for all beings; then she built a company committed to that purpose. Today Renz steers Goodness Gracious on its mission to craft and deliver human grade, nutritionally superior, species appropriate, whole food diets and treats for pets in a way that improves our connection to the planet and each other.

How does Goodness Gracious do that? It uses mindfully sourced ingredients; green-energy on a path to net zero; less plastic, zero Styrofoam and more compostable materials; a vibrant culture of inclusion that celebrates 100% diversity; and a charitable give-back to community animal causes amounting to 51% of its profits. Amy also provides a voice for the silent. She writes and speaks about good nutrition, pet food industry shenanigans, holistic health, and the Goodness Gracious brand.

And for fun? Renz is Mama to a family of three Forever Dogs and occasionally a foster or two.  She is a seven-time Marathoner, yoga junkie, cross fit athlete, and slalom water skier, who considers her biggest strength her indomitable spirit.