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There is so much information on the web about pet food.  Although all dog food is supposed to be nutritionally complete, how can you tell?  Because the bags say the food is complete?  When you look at the food ingredients and analysis, you see the amount of protein, fat, etc... that the food has, but that doesn't mean it is all useable by your dog.  You should not only look at the ingredients, but at the quality of ingredients.

For instance, your dog food could contain rice, eggs, and poultry fat, and would have a decent analysis, but how much of that is useable?  You want the label to be as specific as possible, so instead of saying "poultry fat", you would rather see "chicken fat" or "turkey fat." 

The ingredients that I personally would avoid are: (this is not a complete list)

  • BHA
  • BHT
  • ethoxyquin
  • beet pulp
  • egg product
  • spray dried anything
  • whatever - by - products
  • whatever - by - product meal
  • animal fat
  • animal meat
  • many different forms of the same ingredient (corn gluten meal, corn, etc.)
  • milk product
  • xxx-ose (various forms of sugar)
  • a lot of additives that you can't pronounce

I would rather most of the nutritional sources be whole foods.  To get more information about pet food ingredients, visit the 5 following links.

Pet Food Ingredient Information


Dog Food Comparison Chart Dissecting the label, Part II AAFCO Definitions of Dog Food Ingredients
Lists the ingredients found on the label of pet foods.  Listed by manufacturer and brand name. Gives the definition of dog food ingredients. Who decides what to call a certain ingredient?  Here is AFFCO's definitions of pet food ingredients.
Who regulates the dog food industry? 4-D Meat:  A Deadly Meal  
Who regulates the dog food industry, and does the regulator report to any government agency? Beyond the fancy named ingredients, what's really in dry dog food?  


Here are some links to the homepages of some foods.


Pet Foods
Diamond Pet Foods Old Mother Hubbard Nature's Recipe
Nutro Pet Food Precise Pet Food IAMS/Eukanuba
Natural Pet Foods - good ingredients with no chemical preservatives
Flint River Ranch Flint River Ranch for sensitive dogs Natura Pet Products
Halo Pets (Spot's stew) Robusto Products Martin's K-9 Formula
PSC B-Naturals HomePage (FRR and supplements)    
Fresh/Frozen/Freeze Dried/Grain Mixes/Other
BalanceDiet - Supreme Canine Nutrition AFS Sojourner Farms
Carnique:  Ultra Premium Pet Food Home Made 4 Life  

I also have pages about the BARF diet, and some BARF diet links.

Created: 21 Nov 2000 | Edited:

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