The most recent issue of Modern Dog Magazine shared information with readers on Rachel Ray’s new dog food line, Nutrish Dog Food. The article featured an exclusive recipe from the cooking personality titled “Isaboo’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheddar”. ‘Isaboo’ is Ray’s former dog (recently passed away), who loved squash. The recipe didn’t clarify if it was a ‘people’ food or a ‘pet’ food recipe. And the problems began…
The cover story article featured in Modern Dog Magazine included a recipe that was named after Ray’s dog Isaboo. The recipe, Isaboo’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheddar, didn’t clearly specify if was intended for humans and/or pets. The problems for Ray began when pet owners noticed the recipe included onions, which are toxic to dogs and cats (potentially fatal). The Modern Dog website currently states under the article: “Rachael Ray’s recipe includes onions, which are NOT good for dogs, but the amount included in the recipe is small when considered over the whole of the recipe. Furthermore, the recipe was inspired by Rachael’s dog, Isaboo, but is intended for people to eat. Always check with your vet which foods are appropriate to share with your dog.” http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/features/rachael-ray
The Rachael Ray website, in the category of ‘Pet Friendly’ lists the recipe, including the onions, along with a photo of Ray, and Isaboo eating from a bowl which appears to be the Mac and Cheese recipe. There is no warning on the Rachael Ray website to pet owners regarding the dangers of feeding dogs onions (as of 12/29/08). http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/pet-food-recipes/pet-friendly—puppy-love/article.html
It is simply inexcusable for Ray; her name attached to a pet food line yet publishing recipes clearly intended for pets that include a toxic ingredient. Pet owners have to wonder what other mistakes are made with Rachael Ray products. One thing is for sure, don’t make your dog Isaboo’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheddar, it’s a ‘killer’ recipe.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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