How to get rid of your toxic dog food ingredients

There’s nothing more frustrating than eating dog food that you know is contaminated with toxic dog feed ingredients.

While you can always make a full-on detox by consuming dog foods that are naturally gluten-free, or by taking a “complete” dog food detox, you’re left to rely on dog food products that aren’t 100% dog-safe, and may contain dangerous ingredients. 

Here’s what you need to know to know if you’re going to be able to get your hands on dog-friendly dog food. 


Dog food ingredients are not safe for dogs. 

Some dog foods, like kibble, contain ingredients that are not considered dog-approved. 

For example, a recipe for Dog Chow Dog Chow was made with “sour cream,” which isn’t a dog-food ingredient, and a recipe that calls for “dog milk,” which is not approved for dog use. 

Dog food companies are required by law to test ingredients for allergens and trace elements to ensure that they are safe for human consumption. 

“The problem with the whole food world is that if you go to a restaurant that doesn’t have dog-free options, they’re not going to get the results you want,” says Stephanie Ewing, a veterinarian and author of the book The Complete Guide to Dog Food Safety. 

While it is true that some dog foods are safe to eat, most dog food is not.

“We’ve never seen anything that would say that all dog foods were safe for humans,” Ewing says. 


There’s nothing you can do to clean your dog’s food.

It won’t hurt your dog. 

Ewing recommends that you make a thorough, regular food cleaning routine for your dog to keep your dog healthy. 

If your dog is allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the ingredient list on a dog food, you can also use an ingredient-testing kit to check to make sure that the ingredients are safe. 


Dog foods can contain dangerous preservatives and preservative-free ingredients.