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.





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

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Serious Heart Problems

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)

I would avoid feeding any foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes that are listed in the first 5 ingredients. For more information on DCM.

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Toxic To Dogs

  • Xylitol (found in gum, sugar-free foods and other products) check the label

  • Chocolate

  • Grape & Raisins

  • Macadamia Nuts

  • Onion

  • Raw Yeast Dough

  • Alcohol

  • Coffee & Caffeine

  • Fruit Pits & Apple Seeds (apricot, avocado, cherry, nectarine, plum, peach)