Friday, March 20, 2009

10 INGREDIENTS I WOULD NEVER FEED MY DOG

  1. "meal"
  2. "byproduct"
  3. wheat
  4. corn
  5. fructose
  6. chicken fat (the inorganic kind in most commercial food)
  7. organ meat that is not human grade or organic
  8. gluten
  9. soy
  10. cheese
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised. My dog loves cheese. Is there a reason you don't give your dog cheese?

Nadine M. Rosin "The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood" said...

Yes! Cheese is mucous-forming, terribly hard to digest and consequently, extremely burdening to the immune system. Not so great for humans either! I love it too, but do my best never to eat it. Life would be so much easier if I could only eat what someone put in MY bowl! :)

Elizabeth said...

My ENT Doc just took me off cheese because of the mucous it forms. Was having progressively worsening voice problems always having to clear my throat and it was because of the mucous. We started eliminating things one by one and lo and behold after a month of no cheese the problem improved significantly.

Nadine M. Rosin "The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood" said...

Makes sense to me! Eliminating cheese can also help improve hearing and sight!! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

Ginger Kenney said...

I've given up most dairy. My dogs do get organic yogurt or kefir in very small amounts...would love cheese too but its not on their diet.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with lamb meal? I thought that was just the dehydrated meat.

Nadine M. Rosin "The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood" said...

Anonymous- the source of this great info. is: Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1 "Meat meals, poultry meals, by-product meals, and meat-and-bone meal are common ingredients in dry pet foods. The term “meal” means that these materials are not used fresh, but have been rendered. While there are chicken, turkey, and poultry by-product meals there is no equivalent term for mammal “meat by-product meal” — it is called “meat-and-bone-meal.” It may also be referred to by species, such as “beef-and-bone-meal” or “pork-and-bone-meal.”"

FashionTouch said...

Why corn? Even corn on the cobb?

Jodi U. said...

I just want to say that Nadine has inspired me to look into what's really in commercial dog food, and what I've learned is appalling and un-freakin-believable! We haven't gotten to the point of making her meals yet, but we're definitely looking into that as we would like to start (holistic dog cookbook is en route via UPS). But for now, she's at least not eating traditional commercial dog food and is eating a holistic dry dog food that is still better for her. What makes me the most sick is what is in the by-product meals... really disgusting! All it takes is to Google something like "ingredients in commercial dog food," and you'll see. Our little darling is just 1 y/o, and we want to make her as healthy as possible to make her live a longer-than-average life!

Marie said...

Nadine, can you recommend a dog food that we can purchase retail that would be free of these ingredients, or close to it?

Nadine M. Rosin/ author, speaker, holistic pet care advocate said...

While I don't endorse a particular brand of dog food, I believe the fewer ingredients, the better. As described in detail in the book, I home-cooked for Buttons and still believe that's one of the safest ways to go. For those who insist on serving kibble, here on my blog (left hand column) I give contact info for K9 Cuisine- a fine company in my opinion. These days, I'm also a big fan of a raw diet for dogs, and with a little research, you can find a few online companies that make a frozen raw food with only 2-3 ingredients.

Merle said...

What's wrong with Wheat? I sometimes feed brown rice and wheat pasta. Bad? I thought whole grains were healthy.

Nadine M. Rosin said...

The gluten in wheat can be mucous- forming and therefore, is a burden to the immune system, making it a big no-no in my opinion and experience. Wheat pasta (or any pasta) is a totally processed food and NOT a whole grain/food. The home-cooking regimen I employed following Buttons' healing is described in detail in the book :)