Homemade dog food – what NOT to feed your dog

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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.

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Have a good evening,


Apr 21, 2009 | 1 | Homemade Dog Food