Best Dog Food Ingredients | What SHOULD be on the Label
How to determine what is Best Dog Food Ingredients, what SHOULD be on the Label,
The best start is to check out the website of your preferred dog food first and foremost.
Most manufacturers making a high quality, premium dog food will have easily accessible ingredient lists on their websites.
I found some web sites almost impossible to find an ingredient or nutritional analysis on, and I would suggest this as a warning that they have something perhaps to hide.
Look for locally grown food in their manufacturing process. See this Orijen Review for example. They use Fresh and Regional Ingredients, Food used in this product is fit for human consumption, No Outsourcing (100% China free), They use free range poultry, wild caught fresh fish delivered daily, and free range red meats.
A list of what they don't use is an easy way to determine if the food is healthy. This is on the Acana website : Made With no grain, no corn or glutens, no inappropriate oils or vegetable protein sources. Acana formulas are also ethoxyquin-free, with no artificial flavors, no colors or no preservatives, and absolutely no genetically modified ingredients.
Here is another EXAMPLE of what is not used on another label: produced without the use of herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilizers, no irradiation used, does not contain chemical additives or preservatives, colors or dyes, hormone and antibiotic free)
This is an indication of a manufacturer that is responsible and really does put your pet’s health and nutrition first.
|SPECIFIED MEAT or FISH SOURCES:
Chicken meal as opposed to meat meal. Meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product which will be more concentrated with the good qualities of the meat. This applies to any protein source such as chicken meal, turkey meal, venison meal, buffalo meal, herring meal, salmon meal, etc.
Having two different meat sources is the best product to look for.
An example of an excellent protein based food is Wellness Core which lists deboned turkey, turkey meal and chicken meal as the first 3 ingredients : (SEE My Wellness Core Review Here.).
Look for statements such as: Food used in this product is fit for human consumption, No outsourcing, Local and Fresh human grade ingredients, organic ingredients, free range poultry/meat sources.
The meat will be human grade which means it is clean and free of bones, blood, feathers, heads, feet, hooves, entrails etc., and also fresh and edible as opposed to rotten or spoiled.
Whole grains as opposed to the highly over processed mill run and flours.
Avoid corn and wheat and any of their derivatives in any dog foods. They are not nutritious, cause allergies and illnesses and are usually used as cheap fillers.
Look for any of the fresh fruits and veggies that we eat such as carrots, peas, spinach, greens, apples, berries etc.
A kibble that will last indefinitely is over processed and way to synthetically preserved with harmful chemicals.
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