What Dog Food is *really* Safe?

January 22nd, 2021 at 12:22 pm EDT

Hello Friend,


A cheery Friday to you!

Ahhhh... The Dog Food Question...

Nutrition is KEY- to your health, and your dog's health.

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The Dog Food Question...Is WHAT you are feeding SAFE?

There has been many a Pet Food Recall, and serious concerns about the safety of 'Conventional' Kibble..

Here are a few

AFLATOXINS- a mold toxin that has just resulted in the death of 80 dogs from Dog Kibble

HEART DISEASE- In 2020 there was a suggested connection found by the FDA between Grain Free Dog Food, and a type of Heart Disease called DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy). Fortunately very few dogs were affected ( less than .1%), and the preliminary research has focused on an amino acid called Taurine, and it’s role in normal heart function. The most commonly affected breed is the Golden Retriever. My suggestion to avoid this problem is not NOT solely rely on Kibble for your dog’s diet, and at least feed some good quality High Protein Homemade food once-twice/week.

Some of the carcinogens in pet foods include: preservatives, such as BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin. Purchase pet food with natural preservatives, such as Vitamin E.

Limit mercury poisoning by avoiding things like ‘fish byproducts’- the higher quality pet foods are trying to avoid fish with high levels of mercury.

Teflon chemicals: For dogs likely sources of exposure include food contaminated with PFCs leaching from pet food bag coatings. Seek out Pet Food that does not use PFCs.

Bisphenol A- (BPA). This is a toxin that is found not only in plastic, but also the tins of dog and cat food.  Search out quality, holistic canned food companies if you are to feed canned food to your pet

Clean Label Project™ completed a study of 1,084 pet food products from 80 brands. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions in both humans and animals.

Here is what Susan Thixton said after meeting with the FDA ..

(Diseased, decaying, and sometimes euthanized animals are in some pet foods)....

SO What Do You DO?

Pet Food That You Make At Home

The best foods for your pet are those that you make at home, yourself. Why? Simply because you know the ingredients, and you know what you are feeding is fresh.

Yes there is the concern of the diet not being nutritionally ‘balanced’, yet most homemade diets are FAR BETTER than most kibble from a health point of view, even if they are not 100% balanced.

If you varying your dog or cat’s food, feeding some kibble as well, then you do not need to worry about making it 100% balanced. IF you are solely feeding a homemade diet, then it does need to be nutritionally balanced.

A good website to give you a 100% balanced pet food diet can be found at www.balanceIT.com

In general, for dogs stick to the macronutrients of 1/3 animal protein, 1/3 healthy carbohydrate ( ie sweet potato), 1/3 veggies, Fat in the form of Sunflower oil, Fiber in the form of Ground Flax, plus a calcium supplement ( ground eggshell).

KEY POINTS for Homemade Dog Food Diets


1. Focus on the Protein with balanced amino acid profiles (lean beef, chicken, turkey and egg)

2. The Carbohydrates are not necessary, but the ‘non’ grain carbs provide additional nutrients: Brown rice (fiber, protein, Calcium, Iron, Selenium and B vitamins), Sweet Potato ( Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A,C,E, Potassium and B vitamins), Potato (Potassium, Vitamin C, B vitamins)

3.  Additional ‘balanced’ fat is necessary, a good Omega 6:3 balanced, nutritious fat I prefer is sunflower oil, but can also use Coconut oil.

4.  Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplement should be added in the form of Krill, Fish or Flax oil. Krill is the most nutrient dense and beneficial of all the products., with a great EPA/DHA fatty acid profile, contains the antioxidant Astaxanthin, and being high in Vitamin D.

5.  Calcium is required as bones are not being consumed. I prefer Egg Shells : dried, roasted in the oven for 10 mins, then ground with a coffee grinder. You can also use OTC calcium carbonate.

6.  Vitamins: Vitamin D is needed, but is in the egg yolks and red meat as well as being in high levels in the Krill or Fish oil.  Vitamin E is in the Sunflower Oil and Coconut Oil

7.  Minerals: Iron is in the animal protein and spinach/kale,  Zinc is in the red meat and flax seeds, Copper is in the spinach, Iodine is on the Egg Yolks, Potassium is in the Sweet Potato and Regular Potato

8.  Fiber: the veggies, the brown rice and the best source in my opinion (also the healthiest) is the ground flax.

Know WHAT to Feed, What NOT to Feed, including NATURAL REMEDIES that you can use to QUICKLY STOP your Dog's Health Problems AT HOME..

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

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