The Dark Side to 2 Common Pet Food Ingredients

The Dark Side to 2 Common Pet Food Ingredients

What would you say if I told you that some pet food ingredients commonly eaten by dogs- if eaten to excess, could do some serious harm?


Monkey See, Monkey Do

  • It is easy to see a pet food product on the shelf, and believe that all the ingredients in it are 100% safe for you to give to your pet whole.
  • Do your own research on homemade and people foods before giving them to your pets.

Human Foods

As the colder months set in, I become a glutton for warm apple cider with a cinnamon mixing stick. Cinnamon sticks commonly found in stores are made of cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon contains measurable levels of courmarin that can be damaging to the health of your pooch.

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Apple stems, seeds, and leaves, etc contain cyanide, which is also toxic to dogs. Check it out.

Learning the Facts


  • Rarely, skin irritation can occur inside the mouth of a cinnamon sensitive pet.
  • A large quantity of cinnamon powder (greater than 1 tsp.), or a small amount of essential oil is dangerous for your pet.
  • Find out more about toxic side effects of cinnamon at Pet Poison Helpline.



  • Apple seeds, stems and leaves contain cyanide, and large amounts ingested can also harm your pet.
  • For more information about poisoning from apples, visit ASPCA.

My dog just had a seed, I’m scared!

Remember that a large quantity of seeds is necessary to really harm your pet. Many of the true dangers of apples and cinnamon come from an excessive amount of accidental consumption.

Contact Your Veterinarian ASAP

If you believe your pet has accidentally ingested a poisonous substance please do not hesitate to get help quick. Contact your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding apples and cinnamon.

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DIY Pet Food and Treats

Are you interested in making homemade treats and food for your pets?

  • Board certified veterinary nutritionists have the low down on the best of the best home-prepared dog foods.
  • To avoid pitfalls, do research and follow directions from reputable sources.

Taking Precautions

Knowledge is power and love, especially when it comes to your pet.

The best thing is, you don’t have to be a veterinary toxicologist to know how to avoid toxins.

For a great resource on poisonous pet substances, try downloading the APCC app from ASPCA. Alternatively, the results of particular poisonous pet substances are just one Google search away.

Challenge to the Readers

Before giving your pet a fruit, research it and see what parts, if any, may be toxic to your pet. Toxicities of food and the environment commonly occur in many species, including dogs, cats, horses, cattle and birds.


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