Ingredient Cautions

YES! Your pet should not have the following ingredients:

Chocolate (real cocoa) can cause seizures, coma or death (especially bakers chocolate).  Even a less concentrated chocolate (cocoa) chocolate mild is dangerous). Ever have a pet eat some chocolate and then not get sick, most likely it is because the chocolate is artificially flavored and not made of real cocoa.  

Coffee, coffee grounds, tea and tea bags have caffeine and can cause the same symptoms as chocolate.

Onions destroy red blood cells and cause anemia in very large quantities.  Dogs don’t prefer onions.  Dogs have been observed eating an onion to kill intestinal parasites, then vomiting up the parasite.

Macadamia nuts and walnuts cause weakness, muscle tremors, and even paralysis. Limit all nuts in general.  Nuts contain phosphorus and this can lead to bladder stones. Although there are exceptions to the rule…peanut butter!!!  Dogs love it.  Use the salt and sugar free and even organic whenever possible.  

Excessive animal fats and fried foods can cause pancreatitis.  

Cooked bones:  They can splinter and damage internal organs or cause death.  Raw bones should always be supervised.  

Tomatoes (in large portions) can cause tremors and heart arrhythmia’s.  The plant themselves are the most toxic, but the fruit is toxic as well (in large portions).  In small portions tomatoes are actually good for your pet.  

Avocado fruit (in large portions), pit, and plant are all toxic.  They cause difficulty in breathing, and fluid accumulation in the abdomen, chest and heart.  In small portions avocado’s are actually good for your pet.

Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and death.

Apples, cherries, and peaches are great for your dog.  But, the pits are not because the seeds contain cyanide!  Poisonous to both pets and humans!  

Excessive salt can cause kidney problems.  Minimal salt is good.  

Some mushrooms can be deadly.  Button, shitaki, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are safe! 

Sugars and corn syrups.  Even organic sugar is bad.  The exception to this rule is: You may give honey and molasses in small amounts.  Never give sugars to pets who have cancer who have had cancer. 

No white colored foods such as white breads!

Dairy products should be kept at a minimum, or used as a treat.  Dogs don’t gorge on them naturally except as pups.  Yogurts, cottage cheese, and shredded white cheeses (yellow cheese has been know to be difficult to digest) should be kept at a minimum. They can be higher in fats and can cause gas, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis.  Kefir is wonderful for your dog, especially after receiving antibiotics.

Garlic (in high doses) can be toxic (it is related to the onion family) but it works in the pets digestive system the same way it does in humans, beneficially.  But, garlic in high doses can be harmful, so keep it to a minimum.  The most ancient writing about garlic comes from Egypt as a sacred plant.  An anti-oxidant supporting the immune and cardiovascular systems.  An anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.  

Should I be concerned about salmonella (a bacteria)?

Yes.  People can get salmonella.  Contracting salmonella is a very harmful bacteria to people.  According to the FDA, “salmonella is not harmful to dogs”.  A dogs stomach is acidic.  Their system handles bacteria well because of the high acid in their gut, PH1.  Dogs also have a short digestive system.  The acid neutralizes toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes.  That’s why you see animals eating rotten prey/roadkill without getting sick like humans do with spoiled food.  The acid enhances the permeability for digestion, helps circulatory, and benefits cell membranes, it also has the ability to dramatically reduce toxins in the environment such as herbicides and pesticides.  At ARF, we test or products for salmonella and E-coli strains to ensure that our humans are also in good hands.  Remember, just because your pet may not get salmonella, doesn’t mean you can’t!  Wash hands and utensils after every use!  You can contract salmonella from handling contaminated raw meats or consuming contaminated unwashed vegetables.  Salmonella is shed in their feces.  If a pet has eaten something that was contaminated with salmonella and it has passed through the pet, the feces will be contaminated.

Salmonella is a bacteria that is harmful to humans.  Take proper precautions in the kitchen just like you do when you handle your own raw meats before cooking for the dinner table. Use good hygiene practices, wash your hands, keep surfaces clean, and wash all food preparing tools.  Please note, you can also contract salmonella even if a food is not raw.  

Does freezing kill salmonella?

No, freezing does not kill salmonella.

Can my pet get salmonella?

Yes, but it’s highly unlikely.  Pets that have a highly compromised immune system, that do not have the natural self defense to guard against it, can get salmonella.  Consult with your vet if your pet currently has cancer, or if your pet recently had cancer.  Since their immune system has been compromised by disease and their immune system has been stripped of healthy disease fighting antigens from the cancer treatment and chemicals, feeding raw and risking salmonella is not a good idea to feed an immune-compromised pet.

Should I be concerned about e-coli (a bacteria)?

Yes.  E-coli is a bacteria commonly found in the lower intestines, or gut flora, and can actually benefit the host of warm blooded organisms, and can actually survive outside of the gut.  Some strains of e-coli are harmless.  Some strains are harmful to humans such as the O157:H7 strain and can cause severe food poisoning and is very dangerous, and can even cause death.  (ARF tests for the O157:H7 strain on all food batches).  ARF also uses High Pressure Processing.

Does freezing kill e-coli?

No, freezing does not kill e-coli.

Since pets are eating a lot of manufactured (artificially processed) foods, are they experiencing the same ailments as their human counterparts?

Absolutely.  Pets are suffering from gum disease and we now have to brush their teeth, hip and joint problems, obesity, and many, many more ailments.

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