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Bow Wow Chow: The Essential Dog Food Guide


What should you avoid?


Because some dogs have allergic reactions to certain food ingredients, just as we do, it would be impractical to try to list all the things that you must avoid. There is, however, a basic list of the foods that should not be given to dogs.


  • Raisins, onions, and garlic have been found to be toxic to some dogs.
  • Yeast dough can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach.
  • Sugary foods can lead to obesity, dental problems and possibly diabetes.
  • Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages or foods contain caffeine, theobromine or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.


And remember the old adage: a dog is what it eats. So feed it a well-balanced diet and keep your buddy hearty and healthy.


Image: Jordan Batch / via Flickr



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  • Carbohydrates
    03/26/2014 12:36am

    While I agree that fiber is important in the diet, particularly as probiotic, I find it curious that carbohydrates would be an essential nutrient. According to the AAFCO, dogs have no requirement for carbohydrates. So does AAFCO have it wrong then?

    Interestingly, the article doesn't mention vitamins and minerals, which are, IMHO much more important than carbohydrates.

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