Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are natural or human-made chemicals that may mimic, block, or interfere with the body’s hormones, which are part of the endocrine system. These chemicals are associated with a wide array of health issues.
Similar to humans, endocrine disruptors can also have adverse effects on pets. While research on the specific effects of endocrine disruptors in pets is more limited compared to humans, certain conditions and health issues have been observed. Here are some examples:
Reproductive problems: Endocrine disruptors can interfere with the reproductive system of pets, leading to fertility issues, hormonal imbalances, and abnormalities in the reproductive organs. This can result in difficulties with breeding, reduced litter sizes, or even infertility.
Hormonal imbalances: Exposure to endocrine disruptors can disrupt the hormonal balance in pets, affecting various physiological processes. This can lead to metabolic imbalances, changes in appetite and weight, and disturbances in growth and development.
Skin and coat issues: Endocrine disruptors may contribute to skin problems and allergies in pets. They can disrupt the normal functioning of the skin, leading to irritations, rashes, excessive shedding, and changes in coat quality.
Endocrine-related diseases: Some endocrine disruptors have been associated with an increased risk of endocrine-related diseases in pets. For example, exposure to certain chemicals has been linked to an elevated risk of thyroid disorders, diabetes, and adrenal gland dysfunction in animals.
Cancer: Similar to humans, endocrine disruptors may increase the risk of certain types of cancer in pets. Pets exposed to these substances may have a higher likelihood of developing cancers, such as mammary tumors, testicular tumors, or lymphoma.
Behavioral changes: Some endocrine disruptors can affect the nervous system of pets and potentially lead to behavioral changes. Pets may exhibit altered activity levels, mood swings, anxiety, or changes in social behavior.
Additionally, pets may be exposed to endocrine disruptors through various sources, such as household products, food, and environmental contaminants. Endocrine Disruptors are in the air, in the water, in food and they can be absorbed through the skin. Since we can't avoid them all, it is important to try to protect ourselves the best we can.
How do we protect ourselves and our pets?
Use shampoos & cosmetics with real ingredients
Get rid of synthetic scented candles, sprays, perfumes and air fresheners.
Use vinegar etc. as household cleaners
Clean and dust often
Filtered Water. Reverse Osmosis dumps contaminants back into water cycle.
Avoid touching printer receipts - very high in BPA
Eat real food
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It's important to note that the effects of endocrine disruptors on pets can vary depending on the species, breed, and individual susceptibility. If you are dealing with a pet with chronic medical issues or you feel that you need help getting your pet on the path to wellness, feel free to reach out so we can schedule a consultation and get your pet living their best life!