27 Top Toxic
Dog Food Ingredients to Avoid

Amazingly there are thousands of name brands with dog food ingredients to avoid. These unseen toxins for dogs deteriorate canine health. Shockingly, you may be feeding these harmless sounding  foodstuffs.

Are you unknowingly feeding toxins for dogs in their food bowl?

Every person who takes this information to heart helps me sleep better at night.

First I have the list of words so you can copy and paste it before shopping.

After that I have the list again but added what they are, their dangers and why they are dog food ingredients to avoid.

I find it so sad when canine illnesses including diabetes and kidney disease in dogs show up and by then it's too late.

These insidious "foods" and additives have taken their toll.

The List

Ready?  Here’s the list of exact words you should run from if you see them on a label:

animal digest
meat by products
poultry by products
byproduct meal
meat meal
bone meal
animal fat
poultry fat
vegetable oil
fish oil
mineral oil
corn (any form as a first ingredient)
wheat middlings
cereal food fines
corn bran
peanut hulls
rice hulls
soybean hulls
oat hulls
BHA (Butylated Hydroxysanisole)
Sodium Metabisulphite
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
menadione sodium
calcium carbonate
Food Dyes

How Can These Ingredients
Cause Illness and Disease?

Without nutrition, the body has no way to replenish healthy cells.

These ingredients are not really food; therefore the body spends a huge amount of energy trying to digest or expel them. This overburdens the organs and wears them down.

The high amount of carbohydrates in these foods (by the way dogs don’t need carbohydrates like we do) overwork the pancreas creating a good environment for canine diabetes .

Kidneys are part of the body’s filtration system. Whatever the body cannot use as food it passes into the blood. The kidneys then filter the blood and pass waste products to the bladder for exit.

Overburdening the kidneys leads to canine renal failure. Without proper kidney function, wastes build up literally poisons the entire body. Thus, renal failure in a dog leads to death.

The liver is the last stop for detoxification and elimination.

If the liver is overburdened, it can't perform its other vital functions properly and toxic build-up occurs. If the overburdening continues, the liver will be destroyed. For a better understanding, see dog liver health . Now here is the list again, but with the reasons included so you can see why these are dog food ingredients to avoid:

Meat and Protein Sources

  • Animal digest - can be any processed dead animal, including diseased, road kill, or euthanized pets (the chemical used to euthanize does not cook out.)
  • Meat byproducts or poultry byproducts - are unspecified so the real source is unknown
  • Byproduct meals - even if a species is identified the ingredients are highly questionable
  • Meat meal and bone meal - are dried leftovers from questionable sources 

Fat Sources

  •  Animal fat - again since its not specified, it can be from anything including cancerous fat
  • Poultry fat, vegetable oil, fish oil, mineral oil - same as above

Grain Sources

  • Corn (ground or otherwise) - as a first ingredient - especially if corn gluten meal is also a main ingredient.
  • Wheat middlings - are wheat parts leftover from human food processing, commonly referred to as floor sweepings
  • Cereal food fines - are more non nutritive leftovers 
  • Corn bran, peanut hulls, rice hulls, soybean hulls, oat hulls - Are complete fillers empty of any food value but help poop to be big and smelly


  • Ethoxyquin* - HIGHLY TOXIC!! Is banned in many countries but not in the United States.
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxysanisole) - toxic!
  • Sodium Metabisulphite - toxic!
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) - toxic!

Vitamins and Other Additives

  • Menadione sodium bisulfite - is a harmful synthetic form of Vitamin K
  • Calcium carbonate - Is commonly used medicinally as an antacid, but excessive consumption can be hazardous
  • Sugars - Such as corn syrup in any form, cane molasses, sugar, sorbitol, sucrose, fructose, glucose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin, propylene glycol
  • Food Dyes - Such as Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6 cause allergies, food sensitivities and even behavioral problems in some cases.

Big Giant Hairy Note on Ethoxyquin*

If you find this on any dog food label, walk away. This heads the list of dog food ingredients to avoid. Dr. Jean Dodds, DMV among others has been working to get this ingredient outlawed in the United States for twenty years.

This preservative is believed to be the root cause of several life threatening diseases in dogs and humans yet dogs get up to 300 times more in their food. And its not always listed in the ingredients!

Why? If a dog food manufacturer buys meat that already has Ethoxyquin in it, it does not have to be listed as an ingredient.

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Remember this every time you see a dog food commercial:

Dog food companies all claim that they use only the best quality ingredients, but there is no legal requirement that their statements must be truthful so read what’s in the bag!

How could dog food manufacturers really put all that nutrition in a bag of brown pellets; spend millions on advertising and shelf space at the store; design lovely packages that make us want the product and make money??? We’ve been hiding our heads in the sand.

Therefore, it is up to you to educate yourself about dog food ingredients to avoid. If the thought of reading labels on dozens of dog food bags seems like a total pain in the butt, make your own raw dog food like I do.

You won't believe the difference and you'll know everything that's in it1

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