Feeding Your Dog For Best Health

On this page I wanted to introduce you to feeding your dog for the best health possible.

First we’ll look at foods you should never feed your dog, and why.  Then I’ll introduce you to giving your dog the best health by feeding a more natural diet if you’d like to.  So let’s begin.

Food which is harmful for your dog

These are a number of common foods which are not at all good for your dog.  This is a quick list. Do not feed your dog any of these things:

‘Human’ chocolate in any form.  That’s as chocolate bars, individual chocolates, chocolate cake, chocolate biscuits, drinking chocolate.  It’s highly toxic to dogs, especially as dark chocolate.

Cocoa bark mulch for gardens.  Dog like to chew it and it is still toxic so use something else!

Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants.  There is a condition called grape toxicity which can make your dog sick or kill it.  It’s not really known how it works, but it can strike without warning and causes kidney failure.

Nuts, especially macadamia nuts – they can lead to bladder stones and paralysis

Mushrooms – can be toxic and fatal

Tomatoes – can cause tremors and heart problems

Sugar in any form – causes hyperactivity, tooth decay, and obesity (with associated problems like humans have such as kidney failure, diabetes, heart attacks etc)

Salt – can cause kidney failure in long term doses.  Also can cause excessive drinking which sometimes leads to bloat (twisting of the guts), which is often fatal.

Anything containing caffeine.  It causes hyperactivity and can cause heart problems.

Onions in any form including in sauces – raw, cooked or even as onion powder. They can trigger a rare form of anaemia in dogs

Anything with artificial sweeteners including xylitol – can cause seizures

Raw potato – eg green potatoes, RAW potato and RAW potato skins or peelings.

Cooked bones, especially chicken or turkey bones.  All bones should be fed raw.

Alcohol – causes cardiac arrest and death

Avocado – Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety is most toxic – but all have toxic potential. They cause vomiting/diarrhea

Coffee (all forms) – Coffee contains dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation

Very high fat foods – fatty meats, sausages, butter, margarine and oils can cause stomach upset and pancreatitis

Mouldy foods – many contain aflatoxin. This causes vomiting, diahorrea, muscle tremors, poor coordination, high temperature and liver damage.

Seeds from apples – The seeds contain a cyanide type compound. The fruit itself is ok, just don’t feed the whole fruit including seeds.

Stones from Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums -These can cause bowel blockage and also contain the same toxic cyanide compound found in apple seeds.

Nutmeg – High levels of nutmeg can be toxic, even fatal. The toxic component is unknown. Signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities or death.

Do not over-treat

Personally, I never use dog treats of any kind.  But some people find them helpful, so here are my quick tips for using treats:

  • If you need to use ‘treats’ to train your dog, I recommend using a very high quality dry complete dog food, or home-dried chopped meat such as chicken or beef (without any added salt or flavourings).
  • Do not use highly coloured treats, sweet treats (eg doggy choc drops) or treats which are mostly wheat.  Always check the labels before you buy.
  • Go for natural treats such as beef bones, dried pigs ears and hide chews (un-coloured) which are much better for your dog.
  • Remember if you do use treats, reduce the amount you feed your dog at its normal meal times, so that it does not get fat.

Feeding your dog a natural diet

Dogs were designed to eat mainly meat and bones.  Most commercial dog food diets (and treats) are way removed from your dog’s natural diet.  To keep costs down, companies include fillers such as wheat, corn and soya.  These do provide protein and carbohydrates but often dogs can’t easily digest them, so they don’t get the benefit.  And they cause other long-term side effects.

So you might consider switching to a part natural or entirely natural diet.  Many people need the convenience of a commercial dog food, which is why I said ‘part natural’.  Sometimes it’s just not possible to do the whole switch.

Here are my top recommendations for natural dog-diet books and online resources:

Andrew Lewis’ Dog Food Secrets

Andrew first discovered some of the truth about what goes into commercial dog food when his own dog, Noble, became ill very early in life.  After that he dedicated a huge amount of time to researching what was known about commercial dog food diets.

He’s offering a free video report (just 8 minutes long) which has already been viewed by over 100,000 people.  This video report reveals some truths about the pet industry and 3 simple steps you can take to improve your dog’s health right away.  

If you haven’t seen this, you really should – Marianne Parget

To get this video report Click Here!

Dr Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide

Dr Pitcairn’s new complete guide to natural health for dogs and cats.  It contains 15 chapters on natural health, and a list of common pet ailments and treatments.  Here’s an extract of just one glowing customer review:

” I have never seen a more comprehensive book for pet health with so much effective, practical advice. In addition to recommendations for diet (including recipes), this book also contains a quick reference to different disorders, and the recommended treatments for each. Its main focus, however, is on prevention.”

You can buy this book by clicking this link Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

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