Homemade dog food – what NOT to feed your dog

Hi Everyone,

Roxie and Gypsy did their part today to help Rick in the back yard. He is building a patio cover and our doggies did a good job staying out of the way! They are not real keen on hammering and sawing.

If you are making homemade dog food, just as important as knowing what to feed your dogs is knowing what NOT to feed your dogs. I got this list of foods to be avoided from the book Scared Poopless: onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, caffeine, sprouted or green potatoes, moldy food, macadamia nuts, Xylitol (an artificial sweetener used in gum and toothpaste), other artificial sweeteners, and msg. You can find more do-nots at The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Just like humans, there are also foods you will find that are inherently okay, but your dog will not tolerate for whatever reason. For example, it is okay to give dogs green beans, but Gypsy gets diarrhea from them, so green beans are off the homemade dog food menu in our house. Something I’ve found that helps my dogs if they get a little stomach upset is canned pumpkin.

If you have questions about anything I’ve posted, I would love to hear from you. Just post a comment, or see the “Contact Jean” page.

Have a good evening,


Apr 21, 2009 | 1 | Homemade Dog Food

One Response to “Homemade dog food – what NOT to feed your dog”

  1. Jane Says:

    Hi Jean;
    found you doing a search on twitter. I have 3 Australian Shepherds as my best friends. About a month ago I got tired of buying dog food. My female would barely eat and her coat was not as nice as it used to be. So I started making homemade food. I still haven’t figured out how much I need to make to last a week or found a container large enough to cook it all. But I am working on it.
    What I did notice, is that my females coat is amazing, my big male has lost weight and seems calmer. My little double Merle pup also seems happier and does not have bad gas anymore.
    What a difference.
    thanks for all your info, I will use it in my on going dog food making.

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