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Dog Foods and Treats

Which of the following do you think are harmful to dogs? I will give this poll 7 days and then give the answer.
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612551 tn?1450022175
Restricted to only one, I took the one I am sure of, some others look suspicious and I would have added if I could.

I have a food sensitive (allergy) Westie, which makes me very restrictive on what he eats.
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974371 tn?1424653129
I see at least 3 but can only pick one?  Wanted to add onions and grapes
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Yes, it's annoying and I've asked MedHelp about how to convert to multiple votes, but they've yet to get back. This poll should still be interesting though, if only to see what people think is perhaps the most poisonous or the most obvious.
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462827 tn?1333168952
Onion, Dry Food (In abundance), Grapes, Jerky Treats (Of course) are my choices.... Actually, your list looks like pretty much like a Death Sentence!  :)   Karla
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612551 tn?1450022175
When "talking" with staff, I believe I voted for Grapes, but I do not see any count for that.  I did complain that I saw more than one, but I did click on one, that is how I found I couldn't pick an additional one.  Maybe the whole process is just to complicated for me.

In the mean time add a peg count to "grapes".  Said in the full knowledge I had feed grapes to dogs before learning... not of those dogs had any problem that I detected.
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I'd go for Jerky treats made in   China.
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1436598 tn?1332896533
I'd go onions,grapes, chinese jerky treats and some of the lower quality dry foods
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Something that has just occurred to me, which seems appropriate to mention in this thread ... given the time of year ... pumpkin is being hailed as a great food for dogs, given in moderate amounts. It DOES have some excellent qualities and even the seeds are considered beneficial. However, pumpkin skin and flesh and seed turns rancid quickly, and thus becomes infested with millions of harmful bacteria. This means you should not let your dog eat any pumpkin that isn't fresh - I'm thinking of all those that might soon be hollowed out and left on porches for several days. Do make sure your dog can't get at these otherwise he/she will be badly affected by it.
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The only ne I can't see a problem with is apples.  
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Just a bump to see if we can get any more thoughts before I give the answers in a couple of days ... Tony
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Ok. I think we may have had the last entry in this poll (by the way, MedHelp confirm all polls can only have one vote - so I'll try to devise any new ones with that in mind in the future).

The answer to this poll is EVERYTHING listed on it is harmful to dogs, to one degree or another. The worst, of course, is the Chinese manufactured Jerky Treats - which has killed 600+ dogs and 3,500 more have become ill through them in the US, according to a recent FDA report.

If anyone has any thoughts about the poll or questions about why these things are dangerous, please ask and I will be happy to answer.

Tony
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I understand all of them except the apples.  Other than insecticide spray on them, why would they be bad?
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974371 tn?1424653129
Question the apples too.  I have fed apples, small pieces.  Had a friend that used Apples fir bait in the show ring.  Her Sheltie loved them.  You don't want to feed seeds or pits from fruits.
Garlic salt, I used to use a tad in a mixture I made up for my Yorkie years ago.  Vet told me to.  I do know people that have used baby, jarred rice cereal.  When I wean puppies. I have started with the dry baby cereal mixed with water and/or goat's milk for years, as many of us do.
Of course, I am not talking regular diets of these things.
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903476 tn?1242237037
Onion, garlic, grapes and apples are not good for dogs it's hard to just pick one.
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Apple and pear are good for dogs – but the pips of these fruit are not, as they contain cyanide. The quantities are very small, but cyanide is a poison that stays in the body and can build up over time – so any dog that is fed whole apples or pears or just the core (as scraps) on a regular basis is actually being slowly poisoned. This can lead to a huge number of acute and chronic ailments including permanent heart, nerve and brain damage.
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I've never heard that before, luckily I've only given small cut up pieces before to a dog that used to like them.  The dog I have now won't even consider eating an apple, or any fruit.
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Years ago I had a dog who loved apple and would actually steal them from the fruitbowl every now and then. Of course, this was long before I became a little more aware about things like this. I'm currently doing a day-by-day blog on FaceBook to spread the word about things not to feed our dogs. If anyone wants a copy of them just let me know and I'll find a way of posting them on here - or you could send a friend request on Fb - just search for Tony Booth, Blackpool, UK. Tony x
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Is the baby food a no no because of possible onions in it?
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1916673 tn?1420233270
You got that exactly right ... Baby food is often recommended for dogs that are having eating problems, as it is high in nutrients and can help our best friends recover from illness. It is also gentle on the stomach and gut, which is good for a variety of digestive tract problems. Unfortunately, human baby food bought off the shelves often contains onion as part of the ingredients. The sulphur contained in onions cause severe damage to a dog’s red blood cells and while giving baby food very infrequently and not more than for a couple of days is unlikely to cause any lasting harm, no dog should be fed baby food routinely unless the label confirms there is no onion included in the ingredients. Tony
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1916673 tn?1420233270
My own article about jerky pet foods from China can be read and downloaded here ...  http://hub.me/afXL3

Please take a couple of minutes to read and share on any social media site and amongst all of your friends and colleagues. I have researched and written this piece free of any royalties or charges, so it might be published widely. As a writer, it seemed the most appropriate thing I could do to help our best friends. Many thanks.

Tony
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1916673 tn?1420233270
While on the subject of poisonous foods and treats, I have put a whole collection of them into one piece here http://www.infobarrel.com/Everyday_Foods_That_Are_Poisonous_To_Dogs

Please read and distribute amongst your family, friends and colleagues that own a dog, as it does contain useful information. Many thanks. Tony
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