OK – one more thing to worry about. Lots of people are still feeding rice as part of their dog’s diet, even though their digestives system is not geared for it (except it is great for diarrhea). Many commercial dog foods have rice as a major ingredient, thought thanks to consumer pressure there are more grain free dog foods.
Consumer Reports recently reported (in two issues – second was January 2015 pgs 41+) that rice absorbs arsenic from the air and the soil. The second article details which rice is the safest to eat/feed. In summary, Basmati rice grown in California, India and Pakistan have 1/2 the arsenic content. Brown rice (arsenic is stored in the husk) is 1/3 less arsenic than other rices. Quinoa, Buskwheat and Millet are low.
Well, what about ORGANIC?? Organic rice is just as full of arsenic as other rices.
Let’s start a chat about this. I am contacting several experts and will add to the post as I get more information. For now – decrease rice if you are feeding it.