Found this great info on what NOT to feed our dogs (and why): http://www.norcalsc.com/paleo-pets
(by the way, in case you're wondering its credentials, NorCal is the gym founded/owned by Robb Wolf)
List copied here:
Avocados contain persin, a substance that can be toxic to dogs and cats. Found in skin, leaves, bark, pit and fruit.
Grapes and Raisins for an unknown reason, these can cause kidney failure in dogs (even in small amounts).
Lemons/Limes/Grapefruit/Persimmons - can cause upset stomach
Garlic and Onions in every form (cooked, raw, dehydrated, powdered) can destroy a dogs red blood cells, leading to anemia.
Cooked Bones especially chicken bones, can splinter and cause lacerations and obstruction to your pets digestive tract
Raw Meat this is debatable, but you run the risk of food poisoning/parasites just as humans do with eating raw meat. Plus your animal can absorb more nutrients when eating cooked meat.
Fruit Pits/Seeds like cooked bones, can cause lacerations and obstruction of the digestive tract. Peach and Plum pits contain cyanide which is poisonous to both humans and animals, the difference is we know NOT to eat them
Corn - is the most common allergy seen among pets.
Macadamia Nuts even just in small amounts can be seriously dangerous and possibly fatal.
Chocolate all kinds of chocolate have theobromine, especially dark chocolate,which can cause numerous health issues and even death
Xylitol an artificial sweetener found in gum, toothpaste, candy, etc. can cause liver failure due to increased insulin levels.
Caffeine can be fatal to your pet without an antidote. (found in tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, soda, energy drinks)
Alcohol - same effect on animals as it does in people, but takes WAY less to negatively effect you animal than it does you.
Dairy Products like humans, it can cause stomach irritation and food allergies
Sugar - same effect on animals as humans, too much sugar increases the risk of obesity, dental problems, diabetes
Salt - too much salt/salt foods can result in excessive thirst and urination, possibly leading to sodium ion poisoning
Grains/Baked Goods as it does in humans, your pets stomach cant properly digest grains and can lead to obesity, inflammation, allergies
Common Pantry Items such as baking soda and powder, nutmeg and other spices can be toxic to dogs. Keep your pantry closed.
For quick reference but everyone is encourage to look at the actual studies (and draw their own conclusions)
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that site should be deleted....anybody who chooese food based off that should be fed cat food.....stupid site that is irrelevant
Dr. Tim is dead on. Undercooking is one of the greatest problems in dry dog food, and unfortunately, with most foods there is no way of knowing what happened to the ingredients between being received from the supplier and reaching the bag. Several years ago we made the switch to Loyall Professional Brand dog food from Nutrena. One of the deciding factors in our switch was the Opti-cook process that Nutrena employs, ensuring that every bag of Loyall is 100% cooked. Not only did this eliminate obnoxious gas in our dogs, but it also gave us incredible consistency from bag to bag.
I tried the Loyall a few years ago, for about three months. The gas was "peel the paint off the walls" bad. It didn't work for my dogs.
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