Now learn about dog food ingredients. In your search for the best dog food for your furry friend, this is the extra info you need when you’re in the shop deciphering dog food labels.
Main Functions Of Food Ingredients
Food, whether it’s dog food or your food, should provide the following:
Ingredient Choices In Dog Food
As the dog food companies exist to make a profit they will try to cut down costs and to increase revenues. This can’t be a big surprise to you as this is true for most, if not all, commercial companies.
Dog food comes in different price ranges and hence in different qualities. Consumer behavior, so YOUR behavior dictates to a large extent what is being produced. As we see that pet owners care deeply for their furry friends we see an increase in the premium and super-premium dog food range. As a consequence, more niche products are developed that compete on quality statements and not price reductions.
In an environment like this, YOU must learn to identify the best dog food and buy that for your pet, so the industry will recognize that you care for quality.
The AAFCO defines certain, but not all, dog food ingredients. This is because they say some ingredients are so commonly used in feed that they do not require any definition. Examples of these are salt, sugar, water, corn, and oats.
So only uncommon or not well-understood ingredients are explicitly defined by the AAFCO.
As there are so many substances that can and are put in dog food it would become quite a long list to display on one page. So I chose to group the ingredients into logical categories.
I’m starting with meat, though as you’ve probably noticed when you’ve already examined a few dog food labels: this often is NOT the first ingredient on the list unless you’re buying a high-quality dog food.
- Meat & poultry: The real stuff, meal, and by-products.
- Grains or no grain alternatives.
- Fruits and vegetables: Some are safe, some can be toxic.
- Functional ingredients in dog food and nutraceutical supplements.
Rumors About Some Dubious-To-Illegal Choices
Is this really in our pet food?
- Cats and dogs in dog food.
- 4 D animals (Dead, Dying, Diseased, Disabled).
Rumors say these “protein sources” are also used in dog food in some parts of the world, though conclusive evidence is lacking. But, I bet you want to know how the rumor got started!
Read about pentobarbital in dog food to find out and/or watch the video by Andrew Lewis below.
Dog Food Recipes
Below the video you'll also find a dog food recipe (the bigger version of the one to the left and it looks delicious). So don't wait and click here to go to the Dog Food Secrets page.
What else is on the menu?
Handpicked related content:
- Read about dog food regulations and the watchdogs in the industry.
- Dog food analysis, the Weender analysis method and it’s pitfalls.
- About meat, meat by-products and meat meal in dog food.
- Read about different grains in dog food.
- About fruits and vegetables in dog food.
- Pentobarbital in dog food? Is this a dog-eat-dog world we live in?
- New discoveries and novel functional dog food ingredients.