Foods That Can Make Dogs and Cats Sick - Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog or Cat
Foods That Can Make Dogs and Cats Sick

Foods to Avoid

In 1997, oncologists from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine published diet recommendations to help combat the number-one killer of our pets - cancer. Their recommendations suggest excluding lactate and glucose-containing fluids, because cancer cells thrive on sugars and create lactate as a waste product. Lactate poisons the animal by depleting its energy, thus weakening its immune system. The study recommends limiting sugars and simple carbohydrates. The researchers concluded that a diet relatively high in fat and low in simple carbohydrates resulted in a longer survival time for cancer victims.

Of note is the fact that cancer cells cannot utilize fat, which is an excellent natural energy source for dogs and cats. They also found that omega-3 fatty acids reduce lactate levels and have the ability to reduce or eliminate metastatic disease. Since heat and hydrogenation destroy these essential fatty acids, raw or lightly cooked foods are a good source of these vital nutrients. Polyunsaturated fats are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, found mostly in cold-water fish, nuts, oils and seeds, and also in dark leafy greens, flaxseed oils and some vegetable oils can be converted by dogs but not cats. Cats should get their healthy fats from animal sources like fish oils. One kind of omega-3 fatty acid is an "essential fatty acid," which cannot be manufactured by the body, so eating these foods is the only way an animal can receive them. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to strengthen the heart, fight inflammation and protect the brain and nervous system. Foods highest in Total Omega-3 fatty acids are Flax seed oil and freshly ground flax seed (dogs only). For both dogs and cats, sardines in oil, canned mackerel/with bones and cod liver oil, salmon oil and fish broth.

Sugar comes disguised in many forms. Most processed and even "natural" foods contain sugar. Grains and dairy products are biologically inappropriate sources of senergy for dogs and cats. The study also recommends feeding protein that is highly biodegradable. The body cannot utilize nutrients if it can't easily break down the food and digest it.

A homemade species-appropriate diet can fulfill anticancer recommendations and may play a crucial role in prevention and treatment of this terrible disease. The study above only adds to the growing body of knowledge about many foods important to avoid feeding our pets, such as:
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Sugar. As just discussed, cancer cells thrive on sugars. Sugar comes in many forms, including beet, raw, brown, cane, fructose, corn sweetener, corn syrup, date, dextrin, dextrose, glucose, lactose, maltose, manitol, polydextrose, sorbital, sorghum, sucanat, sucrose, turbinado, barley malt, molasses, honey, and maple syrup. Sugar is addictive, damages the pancreas, and drains vitamins and minerals from the body. It is implicated in hypoglycemia, diabetes, obesity, behavior problems, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis, allergies, and cancer. Yeast also thrives on sugar. In a 1993 study, unhealthy candida yeast overgrowth was 200 times greater in animals receving dextrose than in control groups that did not receive the sugar.
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Dairy products. Homogenized and pasteurized dairy products include milk, cream, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt (use a probiotic supplement instead), whey, sour cream, kefir, and ice cream. Milk is a hormonal growth fluid produced by a mother animal to nourish the young of her own species. Only rarely would a wild carnivore catch and eat a lactating prey animal or just-fed newborn. And birds, a popular prey animal, don't nurse their young at all. Even so, this meal would contain little milk and in a form way different from what is available commercially in grocery stores. The more natural forms, such as raw, artificial hormone and antibiotic free, unpasteurized goat and cow's milk are pretty hard to come by at the market! Raw milk is even illegal in most states in the USA.

Humans are the only animals that choose to consume milk after weaning. Other animals, including wild cats and dogs, do not. Milk, and products made from milk, contain foreign hormones and lactose, a sugar. Dogs and cats are unable to produce the lactase enzyme needed to digest lactose. Milk is also mucus-forming. The naturally occurring casein found in dairy products actually blocks the uptake of calcium in the body. Calcium is easily obtained from much more assimilable sources such as raw bones and eggshells, leafy greens, peas and fish.
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Grain. Dogs and cats really have no nutritional need for grains. Carbohydrates or energy from grains is not required by dogs and cats. Fats are their best, species-appropriate source of energy, and they are also able to derive energy needs from protein. Energy is the 'fuel' that sustains life and all bodily functions.

Wild prey animals stomachs may contain grasses, bark, insects, roots, nuts, seeds, and other plant matter - but not modern grain, unless the animal was grazing previously in a field of domesticated grain. Even so, the majority of our dogs' and cats' evolutionary history, which formed their physiology, did not include prey animals that ate domesticated grain. Grains were domesticated and used as a staple in some human cultures only recenty in evolutionary history, so prey animals and predators did not have access to them until that time. Domesticated grains differ structurally from wild grains. Everything about our dogs and cats anatomy dictates that they are not natural grain eaters.

Grains break down into sugar within the body and can supply nourishment for yeast overgrowth and a cancer producing breeding ground. Grains can also be mucus-producing and may contribute to many health problems including allergies, ear infections, skin problems, bloating, joint disease, malabsorption, and many digestive and bowel disorders. Many holistic vets agree that feeding grains to carnivores weakens their immune system and pancreas and may also lead to dental calculus. For dogs and cats, a good source of energy within a truly natural diet can be secured with quality fat and protein, not unnatural grain carbohydrates. The high intake of carbohydrates, which tend to replace healthy saturated fats in animal diets, are a factor in rising obesity rates in dogs and cats and associated health problems.

If you do feed grains, feed them in small amounts. Always use non-GMO, certified organically grown, soaked or sprouted, well cooked grains. See our
cooking instructions for healthier grains.

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Yeast. A great remedy to rid your property of pesky ants is to mix yeast with sugar. The ants eagerly eat the mixture, which then expands, causing them to bloat, or explode, and die. Commercial yeasts are not good sources of B vitamins for dogs and cats, and do not offer any nutrients that cannot be obtained from more species-appropriate foods. Yeast is a fungus, and most pets cannot tolerate it. Consuming yeast may also encourage yeast overgrowth within the body, which can lead to many health problems, including those of the digestive and urinary system. Feeding yeast can unbalance your pet's calcium/phosphorus ratio due to yeast's high phosphorus content. Different forms of yeast include brewer's, nutritional, baker's, torula, and primary.

Excellent whole food sources of B vitamins for dogs and cats are: liver, beef, fish, eggs and chicken.

For keeping pets healthy the natural way, we recommend using Pet Remedy Charts, a Step-by-Step Holistic Home Healthcare System that will enable you to naturally treat your pet at home (without drugs) using safe, side effect free healing methods for
dogs, cats, horses, or birds.
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