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Dog food and feeding => General discussion => Topic started by: bazman on Sep 25, 2018, 22:04

Title: cassia gum in dog foods
Post by: bazman on Sep 25, 2018, 22:04
hi ive just been looking at butchers dog food new range and the ingredients look ok but it contains cassia gum as an additive. does anyone know if this is ok in dog foods? 

 Composition: With Salmon and Wholegrain Rice: British and Irish Farmed (Chicken 35%, Beef 8%, Salmon 4%, Liver 3%), Cooked Wholegrain Rice 4%, Prebiotic (Mannan-oligosaccharide 0.3%), Chicory (0.1%), Parsley, Rosehip, Mint, Minerals

technological Additives: Natural Cassia Gum 4.; Sensory Additives: None Stated; Nutritional Additives: Vitamins: Vitamin A 1250 I.U., Vitamin D3 250 I.U. Trace Elements (mg/kg): Zinc Sulphate monohydrate 57, Manganese Sulphate monohydrate 8, Calcium Iodate anhydrous 0.8..
Title: Re: cassia gum in dog foods
Post by: Dottie on Sep 26, 2018, 13:40
Hello and welcome to the forum. I understand that it is a gelling agent used in wet pet food but don't know anything else about it, other than what one reads on the Internet. There is a scientific article on the use of cassia gum here. (https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2017.4710)  You are right to question the substance so I can only suggest that you contact the company's helpline about this.  When selecting a suitable pet food it is important to know and understand what it contains.
Title: Re: cassia gum in dog foods
Post by: bazman on Oct 01, 2018, 16:29
hi thanks for the reply yes its a gelling agent and from what iv'e read i think it comes from the seeds of a type of plant (Senna obtusifolia). obviously it must be safe in dog foods but i was just wondering why i haven't seen it in many other dogs. as for contacting butchers dog food i have emailed them last week but they haven't replied so maybe i will give them a call at some