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Dog Food with Toxic Ingredients?

Dog_food_ingredientsDo we feed dog food with toxic ingredients? Can it be that a dog food we all know very well from TV ads, that the manufacturer claims it is healthy, all natural and whole grains,  is in fact toxic?

You’ll have to decide. I don’t have the tools and the knowledge to determine if it is true or false.
On the consumer affair website you’ll find 1714 letters from dog owners claiming Beneful® Nestle Purina’s caused side affects and even killed their dog.  Some examples:

“started throwing up and had terrible diarrhea ”

“Exactly 7 days from start of mixing this food my poor German shepherd who was perfectly healthy died in my arms. ”

“I switched to Beneful dry dog food last spring thinking the commercials were right. I was under the assumption the food was good for dogs. My dog ended up with severe skin allergies and open sores due to the food. I had to take her to the vet’s office 3 different times and spent a bucket load of money on prescriptions. As soon as I took her off any Purina foods, she cleared up.”

You can read all complaints on the consumer affairs site

The issue i do have with the consumer affairs is that while i was on the site reading the Nestle Purina’s Beneful® consumer letters, a pop-up advertising other company’s dog food. In my book that is the last place i expect to see ads, and i ask myself (and you), is it ethical?

The FDA did investigate the food and the three factories where the food manufactured in the USA.  No action taken.

You can read FDA final report from 2013

What you can take from all of the above? 
WE should not be influenced by ads only. 
We need to check and investigate our-self. Read labels and understand the ingredients and the order they are mentioned. As they say, if any ingredient name is too long that you cannot pronounce it, it shouldn't be there. Move on to the the next food. If meat or fish is not at the top of the list, move on to the next food, and so on. 
After all, all we want is a happy and healthy 4-legged baby at home.

**The facts in this article wasn’t checked by me. I am only reporting from the consumer affairs site and the FDA site

Toxic Food for Pets

Toxic Dog FoodsYou are seated at the table for dinner and your furry baby looks at you with the eyes of someone who has eaten nothing for the last month. This situation is tempting, but it is a bad habit to give your pet food while you eat. If you keep doing it, your pet will continue to bother you and any future dinner guests you may have in the future.

Dangerous Human Food

More importantly than just encouraging bad behavior, some human food can actually be toxic to dogs. These foods can cause cardiovascular issues, kidney/organ failure, neurological problems, gastrointestinal issues and more. While cats are less commonly poisoned by food because they are more choosy than dogs, they can still be harmed if they eat the wrong thing. The following list of toxic food for pets was collected from the ASPCA and the Humane Society.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets, as well as any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Coffee (grounds, beans and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Grapes
  • Gum (can cause blockages, and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushroom plants
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Peach pits
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Salt (a small amount is ok)
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine)
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Walnuts
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
  • Yeast dough

As an alternative to giving your dogs potentially dangerous table foods, consider getting them some gourmet dog treats that they’ll love just as much.

Should Pets Eat Garlic?

Some say Garlic is toxic to dogs, while others say that a small amount will do good. According to the ASPCA, “gastrointestinal problems and red blood cell damage can occur as a result of feeding garlic to pets. An occasional small amount, such as that in most commercial pet foods and treats, may not cause a problem, but because of the risk, we generally recommend that you avoid feeding your pets products that contain more concentrated amounts of garlic.” Cats, however, are especially sensitive to garlic. Do not feed them any garlic.

What About Aspirin?

In addition to food, Aspirin is toxic for pets. If your pet needs pain relief, you should always talk to your vet. If you are not sure about a specific food, you should also consult your vet.

If you discover that your cat or dog may have consumed one of the toxic food for pets, it is important not to waste time. Keep handy the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number (888-426-4435 – you may have to pay fees), or contact your vet or animal hospital.

Remember – the best cure is preventing. Store food and pesticide out of reach in closed packages.

Figuring Out Dog Serving Sizes

dog serving sizesIt can be difficult to know exactly how much food to give to our dogs. Despite consumers’ concerns, pet food manufacturers actually like to suggest an overly broad range of dog serving sizes on their food packages. Blindly follow these directions, and you could be significantly overfeeding or underfeeding your dog.

What’s In the Food?

The choice of food that you give to your dog is the first of many important considerations when it comes to dog serving sizes.

Canned Foods – These usually have higher-quality protein, as well as fewer preservatives and fillers. They often have fewer calories and carbohydrates also.

Dry Foods – These are often nutritionally balanced. They have more meat byproducts, but the dogs’ chewing helps knock tartar off their teeth. Dry food also tends to be cheaper and easier to store.

Home Prepared Foods – It is important that your dog receives all its nutritional needs. Since meeting all these needs at every feeding is almost impossible, you could feed your dog home-prepared foods that vary over time.

So What are the Serving Sizes?

Each dog has its own energy needs that vary with size, age, and activity level; therefore, it is impossible to predict the exact serving size for your dog. Trial and error will help you narrow it down.

Start with the dog serving sizes listed on the food package and weigh your dog every few weeks.  Then, adjust the serving size up or down as needed to maintain your dog’s ideal weight. If your dog is energetic and keeps his figure trim, then he is probably eating the right amount.

How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?

Adult dogs should receive two servings – one in the morning and one in the evening. This will help you monitor your dog’s intake and health while regulating his routines. Just make sure to keep weighing your dog and cut back on the food if it’s getting too large.

Special Designer Dog Bowls

There are many special types of dog bowls and pet feeders that can help your unique dog’s eating habits.

Fast Eaters –  If your dog eats too fast, you can slow down his eating habits by using a dog bowl for fast eaters. Fast eating may cause dogs to choke and gag on food when their intake isn’t controlled. This is bowl designed with obstacles in the middle of the bowl, so it doesn’t allow for a direct route to the food.

Messy Dogs – Some dogs are particularly messy when it comes to eating and drinking. For the sake of cleanliness, you could try a no-splash pet bowl.

Tall Dogs – For healthier posture, tall dogs and older pets should eat from taller bowls. It is especially beneficial if the dog has joint or hip issues.

Feel free to browse our entire collection of designer dog bowls and treat jars.