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    Default Foods that are toxic to dogs

    Hi all, been a while

    After reading a thread on Black Hawk food I decided to do some research on different brands of food and quality because I just can't afford Black Hawk or any of the others that seemed to be of a similar quality. What I've found has horrified me.

    For starters, I came across an American vet site that listed 5 foods as toxic to dogs - grapes, raisins, chocolate (more specifically the caffeine in cocoa), onions, and GARLIC. I was aware of the others, but I had not heard that garlic was on that list, although being in the onion family it shouldn't be surprising. In fact, I've heard garlic recommended for various canine complaints over the years.

    So now back to my commercial dogfood research - do you know how many (and plenty of 'good' brands too) list garlic as an ingredient? What the hell??? Both in dry and canned food. My dogs aren't on canned food, but they do get kibble, and I just can't find one that I'm happy with that I can afford. They're on supercoat atm which I'm not particularly happy with but seems to be one of the better ones in it's price range (and yes, it has garlic powder in the ingredients list). Ha, I even thought about making my own, but I would have to chain myself to the oven all day to make enough for one days feed

    I would love to hear some opinions, and any knowledge people may have about toxic foods - I just read in another thread that avocados 'can' be toxic to dogs. Anyone know how or why? This is a minefield - all I want to do is feed my dogs decent quality food, you wouldn't think it would be that hard....

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    I noticed that about garlic too. I feed raw so didn't become an issue. There must be some canine nutrition guru who could clarify, it may not even be true. They all copy and paste lists. When you start searching often the same list appears over and over again with no source listed.

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    Thing that gets me is they say peanuts are bad for dogs but peanut butter is OK.

    Maybe once its processed like the garlic....it becomes OK?? I wouldnt have a clue.


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    A question about feeding raw - and I apologise that I haven't done my reading on that yet - do you supplement with vitamins, minerals etc?

    sean - peanuts are bad for dogs? didnt know that either

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    Dogs and food allergies and toxicity.

    I heard peanut is ok, but walnuts are bad. I use peanut in small amounts to dose the dog with her worming tablets. Lots of peanut paste (the whole jar at once) is bad.

    In chocolate - it's partly the caffine, but more the theobromine stuff. Not good for cats either but they don't like it so much.
    Why is chocolate toxic to dogs and other pets? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    garlic - I think it's a matter of dose. Ie in very small amounts that most people (except me) use the stuff, it's not toxic - only in large doses. I did hear of one dog suffering (death?) after eating three whole brown onions and it was a big dog (lab sized). But some dogs eat rocks or river pebbles and that ends up in an expensive vet bill because it blocks the gut. But the pebbles aren't of themselves toxic.

    similar with aloe vera, and eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil and etc - very small amount - ok, eating a whole plant or bottle - bad.

    And that can be the trouble with dogs, they don't like to eat just one peanut...

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    I use Nutro Natural Choice because it is Australian made and the first ingredient is meat.Not sure if it has garlic in it, will have to check, I am searching for a grain free brand ( Aussie made) so if anyone knows of a good kibble let me know. I find if I use Supercoat or any of those with cereal as the first ingredient Brian eats his poop. Blahhhh!

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    When I first got Maggie I bought some Barf tried them all, one smelled really garlic and I didn't like it and was a bit confused by it ( thought like you it wasn't good for them). So do it msyself. She just had her one year check and was highly praised by the vet as super fit and glossy with great abs lol
    She gets a small amount of Black Hawk ( mmainly for training) and the rest all raw lamb and chicken. She has raw egg,yoghurt, sardines every now and again. I just bought the oil supplementto give her, used for grey hounds forgotten the name, comes in a tin.

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    Nutro natural choice make one that is wheat/gluten free - I think it's got rice in it tho. "Lamb and rice" maybe? I thought they used to do a turkey based one but that might be made in USA and imported.

    Nutro natural choice brand is owned by MARS (the people who bring you mars bars and m&ms), and made under licence in Australia. Probably because it's cheaper (at least for ingredients) than importing it.

    Don't know any dried kibble completely grain free that is Australian made.

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    Emma - I'm not keen on the amount of grain used in kibble either - and the 'by-products' used leave me cold too - doesn't sound like food to me.

    Farrview - I went and did some reading about feeding raw and only managed to confuse myself further with all the different info i found, Are you saying that you don't supplement (until you recently bought the oil)? how often do you give the egg, yoghurt and sardines? I would love to get the dogs off commercial food, but don't know enough to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need. (although I'm no longer convinced the commercial producers do either).

    Some really helpful comments here, thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhru View Post
    A question about feeding raw - and I apologise that I haven't done my reading on that yet - do you supplement with vitamins, minerals etc?
    I dont add supplements to raw.
    I do add treats like sardines, yabbies, left over food from my kitchen or the hospital kitchen i work at daily. Generally veg, occasionally meat cooked.

    As one of my dogs has arthritis, i mix glucosamine (? spelling) to his food. But that's meds put in dogs dinner basically. Not a nutritional supplement.

    I use garlic for the entire family. As a dewormer and additional flea control on dogs. Always done this. Never had a dog pass worms, and dont have fleas in summer. In a long grass flea haven here. But daily swimming kills most fleas anyhow. Im not keen on giving chemicals to my dog every day. I use capstar if fleas become problematic, say in height of summer flea frenzy weather.
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