Is Homemade Dog Food Dangerous ?
The recent recall of commercial dog food
manufactured by Menu Foods and other dog food companies continues to escalate as worried dog parents scurry for
alternative, safe dog food choices.
To date more than 100 brands of commercial
dog food have been recalled after discovery of toxic contaminants that have produced kidney failure and death in
Intent on protecting the health and safety
of their dogs, many dog parents have opted to prepare dog food themselves at home. The question on many a dog
nutritionist’s mind these days is whether homemade dog food is dangerous or a safe and nutritious
alternative to commercial dog food.
The American Veterinary Association
indicates that the preparation of homemade dog food is not as easy as it seems at first blush. Dogs have
specific needs for nutrients that are further impacted by the size, age and breed of dog.
It is a long established fact that if
commercial or homemade dog food is introduced or changed suddenly, your dog may experience gastrointestinal
distress, manifesting symptoms such as diarrhea.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association,
CVMA, concurs and states that dog owners should become familiar with the risks associated with preparing and
serving homemade dog food.
A major cause of concern is the risk
associated with salmonella poisoning in homemade dog food diets that contain raw meat such as
Raw dog food advocates of diets such as the
Bones and Raw Food diet ( BARF), point out the natural and nutritious qualities of a diet that most closely
resembles food that your dog would find in the wild.
But opponents suggest that meat which has
been sold through markets are not quite as fresh, and may expose your domesticated dog to unnecessary health
For those who make the decision to prepare
homemade dog food for their best friend, the following list of foods deemed dangerous by the American
Veterinary Medical Association, should be excluded from any dog food served.
Chocolate in any form
Moldy or spoiled foods
Onions and onion powder
Garlic and garlic powder
Raisins and grapes
Raw or undercooked meat
Products containing the artificial sweetener xylitol
Obviously, a few items such as bones and raw
meat are included intentionally in the BARF diet and this debate between the AVMA and some dog nutritionists
continues unabated. If you have any question about a specific food product please consult with your veterinarian
prior to feeding that food to your dog.
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Some veterinarians challenge the assertion
that homemade dog food, even table scraps, are dangerous and unhealthy food for your dog. For example,
Dr. Strombeck, professor emeritus of veterinary nutrition at U.C. Davis feels that the commercial pet food
industry simply opposes any competition for their marketplace.
This is a revealing insight as the dog food
industry was founded during the postwar years in the United States as a means for profiting from industrial and slaughterhouse refuse and
waste. Many people believe that their dogs needs commercial dog food. This is utter nonsense. Your dog needs a
healthy and nutritious diet, whatever the source.
So, is homemade dog food safe for your
The definitive answer is maybe and
maybe not. This is not a cop out on our part but a recognition that dog owners like dog food manufacturers are
all different. In both cases the freshness and purity of the ingredients used, the methods of preparation,
storage, transport and shelf life all play a factor.
Many options abound including high grade
holistic kibble found in specialty dog food retailers and preparing your own dog food at home.
If you think that commercially prepared dog
food is the best option for your dog, make sure you know exactly what is in your dogs’ food by visiting http://www.dogs-4life.com/dog-food-that-kills.html
If you decide to make your own homemade dog
food, check with your veterinarian to make sure that the ingredients and recipe include only healthy and safe
foods for your dog.
My small 8 year old dog suddenly became ill
and no vet could determine the cause. She died after enduring 2 weeks of pain and misery on Mother’s Day
morning. Her life expectancy was 25 years.
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