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Dog Food Ingredients

(December 06, 2010)

High-quality ingredients are essential for a healthy food. Some economy brands of dog food are made from inexpensive ingredients that are not easily digested, and therefore, do not provide the best nutrition. While they may technically meet the legal specifications for percentages of protein, fat, carbohydrates, etc., these foods have lower energy values and lower-grade proteins. Because of this, many health-building nutrients may pass right through your dog's system without being absorbed. It also means that you have to feed larger amounts of that lower quality food to provide your pet with the same nutrition as a smaller amount of premium food. When you compare the cost of these foods on a per-serving basis, and realize how quickly you go through a bag, economy foods may actually cost more in the long run.

When you are looking for a healthy food for your dog, reviewing the list of ingredients on the back of the bag is a good place to start. By law, pet food labels must list their ingredients by weight. Look for meat, fish, egg, or some type of meat meal or fish meal as the first or second ingredient. Meat, fish, and eggs all have a high biological value, which means they have a high percentage of protein in the form of digestible, usable amino acids

No artificial colors, no sugars and sweeteners (such as corn syrup, sucrose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin), no propylene glycol (added to some chewy foods to keep them moist, toxic in large amounts).


Below is a list of Common ingredients found in dog food and their description:


Cereal by-products(ie: cereals not stated as wholegrain), a cheap source of carbohydrate and vegetable protein by their name and definition are 'by-products' of the human food industry, not usable for human food and could come via bakery/breakfast cereal or similar production. They will possibly be mixed sources of cereal, and may be lower grade than the straight cereals used in premium brands. I'm guessing that waste product from the baking industry would fall into this category.


Meat and animal derivatives: low quality meat product from a non specified source usually heart, lungs and connective tissue.


Chicken meal: human grade hormone free chicken meat


Fresh Salmon: exactly what it says, lol…………….


Poultry meal: human grade chicken and poultry mixed meat.


Meat meal: human grade mixed meat, including beef, lamb, chicken, fish.


Wholegrain cereals: Mixed wholegrain cereals


Things to NEVER give your dog:


Onions, Chocolate, Avocados, Grapes/Dates


Also avoid, Soya Products (look out for these in your dog food)

                    Wheat Products (look out for these in your Dog food)

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