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Human Grade: Which Human Foods Should My Dog Avoid?

Human Grade: Which Human Foods Should My Dog Avoid?

What Does Human Grade Mean?

The term “human grade” was traditionally applied to the meat ingredients in some dog foods that are considered to be suitable for humans. In recent times, the term has been applied to pet supplements ingredients to imply that humans can and do take. The inference is that since these ingredients are good for humans, they must be great for the pet.

Is Human Grade Better For My Pet?

Not necessarily. Though there is much that translates from pet physiology to humans, it can’t be taken for granted that a human grade supplement should be given to an animal as is. Unfortunately, this is what most pet supplement companies do—they take human formulas and label them as for pets. Sometimes that is ok, many times it isn’t.

Picking the Right Food for Your Dog or Cat

First of all, keep in mind that there is no one food that is best for every dog or cat. Just like people, dogs and cats are individuals, so take your time in selecting the right food for them. As a general rule, you'll want to avoid any food that is high in grain or corn content, and/or fat. As the chart to the right shows, human grade, or human food is not always ok for your pet.

Is the Right Food Enough?

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Even by selecting the very best food for your pet, your pet may not be getting the nutritional support he needs to maintain a long and healthy life. Vets are saying that the modern pet diet is the leading cause for premature illness and death for dogs and cats.

Even the most expensive or holistic commercial pet food, if cooked or processed, will likely be lacking many of the natural enzymes that come with a raw diet and naturally aid in digestion. Over time, the digestive stress on the body will lead to other issues such as excessive shedding, allergies, or other symptoms of digestive stress.

Improving Diet with Supplementation

For this reason, it is usually recommended that dogs and cats eat a a raw, grain-free diet, or at the very least, supply supplemental digestive enzymes and probiotics throughout the life of their pet to help support the digestive and immune systems.

Probiotics given to a puppy or kitten during the formative phase can help defend against allergies developing later in life by supporting the microbiome. Digestive enzymes take the digestive burden off the body and allow for more efficient body processes in dogs and cats. Probiotics and enzymes help bring a processed diet closer to nature and brings your pet the respective health benefits.

Compare the Guaranteed Analysis

Does the supplement or pet food have a guaranteed analysis? Does the suggested use of the product give you details based on the weight of your pet? Some pet products simply do not provide this detailed level of information needed for making a decision and giving to your pet.

About Nusentia® Pet Nutrition

At Nusentia® we formulate specifically for pet’s, including the dosage and the delivery form. These formulations are based on our considerable knowledge of the current science so that your pet gets the best possible nutritional support.

Additionally, we take care that the formulas are proven safe and convenient to use. After all, if your pet won’t take it, they can’t benefit from it.

The team at Nusentia® is dedicated to improving the lives of pets and their owners by providing nutritive formulas which go beyond human standards; to those that will be specifically targeted to your pet’s needs.

Common Human Foods You Should Avoid Giving to Your Dog

Avocado leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Bones From Fish, Poultry, or Other Meat Sources
Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system

Cat Food
Cat food is generally too high in protein and fats for a dog. A common mistake some dog owners make is feeding puppies cat food. The puppies developing gut and immune system can be negatively affected long term if given cat food. The best way to support a puppies developing gut and immune system is by giving probiotics.

Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine
Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.

Fat trimmings
Puts stress on digestive system and can lead to pancreatitis in the long term.

Raw Fish
Raw fish can be good for dogs, but if fed exclusively, or in high amounts, can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency include loss of appetite, seizures, cardiac enlargement, and in severe cases, death.

Grapes, Raisins, Currants
Can damage the kidneys due to an unkown toxin. Be especially aware of products with grape seed extract.

Human Vitamin Supplements Containing Iron
This type of iron for dogs can damage the lining of the digestive system and harm the liver and kidneys. Make sure any dog vitamins you give your dog do not contain iron.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the dog's digestive and nervous systems and muscle.

Milk and Dairy
Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.

Mushrooms can become very toxic to a dog and affect multiple systems in the body, causing shock, and in extreme cases result in death.

Raw Onions
Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions, and in smaller amounts, can work as a natural flea repellent for dogs. (see: Natural Flea Control)

If salt is eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances in dogs and cats.

Sugar, Sugary Foods
Sugary foods are not necessarily toxic to a dog or cat, but eating too many sugary foods can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus. It does not take much sugar to negatively affect a dog or a cat.

Table Scraps
Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. We consider these a big No No for dogs, both for health and good training. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed. Also, feeding your dog table scraps will lead to a "beggy" dog.

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Nusentia® is home of America's #1 probiotic for dogs, Probiotic Miracle®. From Raw & Grain-Free dog food to natural enzymes, at Nusentia®, we elevate pet nutrition beyond human standards. Our products are used and respected worldwide by top trainers, breeders, veterinarians, kennels, and caring pet owners who know the value of providing great nutrition to their pets.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

* Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the site owner, unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of our experts and community. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions for your pet based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified veterinarian or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from animal to animal. It is your responsibility to discuss this information with your vet and make sure it is appropriate for you pet's health. The information is not a substitute for an examination, checkup, or treatment when your pet has a health problem.