Ingredients to avoid

This list has items that are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) in the amounts commonly used. Why feed any of these ingredients when there are alternatives? The same with human foods. You can have simple ingredients or you can buy products with added sugar and hydrogenated oils.

JUST PEANUTS AND SALT

SUGAR, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL

SUGAR, MOLASSES, HYDROGENATED OILS

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Some of their flavors acquire their sweetness from Xylitol which is toxic to dogs.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. “These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease.” DCM is a disease of the heart muscle and results in an enlarged heart that often results in congestive heart failure. For more information on Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT

Deal Breaker Pet Food Ingredients (Truth about pet foods.com)


Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Should You Boycott These Pet Brands That Think You're Dimwitted? -Perhaps Big Pet Food Is Deceptive for a Reason

Mycotoxins in petfoods with plant-derived proteins

Pet owners can minimize the risk of mycotoxins by avoiding cheaper petfoods that are more likely to contain vegetable cereals and corn or wheat fillers. https://www.petfoodindustry.com

https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/3863-mycotoxins-in-petfoods-with-plant-derived-proteins

Occurrence of mycotoxins in extruded commercial dog food

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272524027/download

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giampiero_Pagliuca/publication/272524027_Occurrence_of_mycotoxins_in_extruded_commercial_dog_food/links/5a79c844a6fdcc4ffe927446/Occurrence-of-mycotoxins-in-extruded-commercial-dog-food.pdf?origin=publication_detail

Mycotoxins and the pet food industry: toxicological evidence and risk assessment.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17889389

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/ae9f/d799c718f9eeab49abb3ebb2ea9f47ad0a9b.pdf?_ga=2.214555476.2139747082.1537291061-2098117661.1536535884

 

Dogs keep dying: Too many owners remain unaware of toxic dog food

Cornell University - Cornell Chronicle

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2006/01/dogs-keep-dying-many-owners-remain-unaware-toxic-dog-food

Aflatoxin basics

Penicillin's deadly cousin - past and present

https://www.petfoodindustry.com

https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/518-aflatoxin-basics

Fungal Toxicosis Related To Aspergillus flavus, A. parasiticus, and Penicillium puberulum Fungi In Dogs

Mycotoxicosis-Aflatoxin Toxicity in Dogs

https://www.petmd.com/print/10055

Aflatoxins and Mycotoxins

Aflatoxins are heat stable and not destroyed by boiling, autoclaving or food manufacturing methods." Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition.

Corn and Dog Food: Aflatoxins and Mycotoxins

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/corn-and-your-dog-secrets-food-companies-dont-want-you-to-know-about/

 

Cancer-Causing Aflatoxins Found In Dog Foods

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/cancer-causing-aflatoxins-found-in-dog-foods/

 

A comparison of mycotoxin contamination of premium and grocery brands of pelleted cat food in South Africa

https://jsava.co.za/index.php/jsava/article/view/1480/2010

 

Toxicology Brief: The critical care of aflatoxin-induced liver failure in dogs

http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/print/319443?page=full