Is Your Dog’s Food Toxic?



This article is posted as part of PGAA’s curation efforts. This was originally posted at Essentially Dogs


There is content in the following article that comes from Essentially Dogs which is a blog published by Janie Lerner. It is focused on holistic care for dogs and reveals the secrets that the pet industry and many traditional vets keep from pet owners. There are also articles about pet tech, health insurance, and provide important information and resources for dog owners.


How can you know if there are dangerous ingredients in your dog’s food? Recently Dogs Naturally created a Dog Food Ingredient Analyzer Tool. It enables you to look up ingredients and view information about what those ingredients are and whether or not they are dangerous.

Here is the PDF link for the Dog Naturally Pet Food Ingredient Analyzer:


I always tell people to keep in mind that although there is legislation with regard to food labeling, labels are useless because there is rarely (if at all) any enforcement when it comes to safety and ingredients. Read The FDA Refuses to Enforce Pet Food Ingredient Laws.

This is a random dog food label to show an example of ingredients

This is a random dog food label to show an example of ingredients

Blue Buffalo was sued after they lied about their ingredients having no by-products. You may read about Merrick’s lawsuit and Blue Buffalo’s lawsuit. These corporations used deceptive practices and deliberately created products in a manner they wished in order to increase profits at the expense of the health and well-being of our dogs.

This is why I ONLY recommend food that is raw. All those vitamins and minerals you see on the labels of most dog food are there because those products are not nutritious. If the food were healthy, there would be no need for those long lists of synthetic vitamins and additives? I’ve written all about this subject. I do not recommend synthetic-based diets, only diets that are appropriate biologically for the species.

Check out My Dogs & Their Raw Diet to see what food I recommend.

Essentially Dogs is an educational resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) veterinary treatment. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements. Please do plenty of research so that you may equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to be an effective advocate for your dog’s well-being.