What’s in Your Dog’s Food?

This is a comparison of raw diet and conventional “premium” dog foods. It totally bashes the dry food which is appropriate for most big box grocery and pet stores food selections.  There are brands of kibble that have much better ingredients.

If you just grab any old bag of dog food on sale, here’s what you’ll get! from Dr Becker’s blog:

Take a look at the ingredients in these two commercial dog foods. Which do you suppose contains more fillers?

Raw Dog Food, Sold Frozen 

Ingredients: Free-Range Meat = 69%chicken meat including bone, chicken gizzards, chicken hearts and chicken liversOrganic Vegetables = 29.3%carrots. squash, yams, zucchini, celery, romaine, parsley, apple cider vinegarSpecial Nutrient Mix = 1.7%kelp, sea salt, inulin, zinc, copper and iron amino acid chelates, vitamin E

Premium Dry Dog Food

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols form of Vitamin E, soy protein concentrate, soy flour, water, rice flour, pearled barley, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, propylene glycol, animal digest, dicalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, sorbic acid a preservative, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried spinach, dried apples, dried sweet potatoes, choline chloride, calcium propionate a preservative, added color Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, DL-Methionine, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex source of Vitamin K activity, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite Another reason for the laundry list of ingredients in the dry food above is that in order to meet AAFCO nutritional standards, pet food manufacturers must add back in the vitamins and minerals that either arent found in a limited ingredient list raw food, above, arent found in a long list of low quality ingredients dry food, above, or are destroyed during the extreme processing that these pet foods undergo dry food, above.

via Defining Fillers in Processed Pet Food.

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