Understanding Dog Food

What You NEED to Know!

To Understand a Dog Food Label, Is to Realize What YOU Are Actually Feeding Your Dog.  

    Dissecting a Dog Food Label Can Be Difficult, in Regards to Ingredients and Analysis, However, the Most Important Part of the Label to Read Is the List of Ingredients, as They Dictate the Basic Nutritional Value of the Dog Food. The ‘Top Three Ingredients’ is the First Fact that You Need to READ - in Order to Determine the Nutritional Value of a Dog Food Brand, as They Are Listed as the Highest in Relevance (these ingredients have the highest percentage in the dog food).

   Many Brand Names of Dog Foods Are Widely Accepted by Consumers as Completely Nutritional and Well- Balanced. However, I Have Found That Most Consumers Believe in the Many Dog Food Manufacturers, Simply Based on Their Marketing Schemes of a Particular Dog Food.  

  There Are Numerous Marketing Schemes Aimed to Fool the Public into Believing That (Their) Dog Food Is Better than the Next. Be Aware If These Schemes When Choosing Your Dogs Main Diet. Please Do Not Be Fooled, instead Be Well INFORMED.

Dissecting Dog Food Labels

Pedigree Dog Food

Pedigree Dry Dog Food Ingredients:

GROUND WHOLE CORN, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, BREWER'S RICE, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), meat and bone meal, ground whole wheat, natural flavor, potassium chloride, salt, vegetable oil (source of linoleic acid), DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2 polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, monocalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, potassium iodide and added FD&C colors (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2)

Ground Whole Corn is basically a Flour-Type substance.
Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain and has very little nutritional value.
It is NOT a preferred component in any Dog Food.
Chicken-By-Product Meal is ground parts of poultry carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste” and is “Unfit for Human Consumption”.
Brewer’s Rice is a Cereal Grain-by-Product which is left-over fragments after milling whole rice.

Canned Food Ingredients:

SUFFICIENT WATER FOR PROCESSING, MEAT BY-PRODUCTS, POULTRY BY-PRODUCTS, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Dried Egg Product, Dried Tomato Pomace, Vegetable Oil (source of Linoleic Acid), Dried Chicory Pulp (source of Soluble Fiber), Caramel Coloring, Trace Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Dried Yam, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Taurine, Guar Gum, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (source of Vitamin E), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A & D Supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Biotin], Marigold Meal (source of Lutein), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention).

Water adds nothing but moisture to the food.
Chicken is the FOURTH ingredient!
Meat-By-Product Meal is ground parts of cow carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste”.
Anonymous Meat Sources can come from DISEASED or DYING livestock.

Beneful Dog Food

Healthy Growth Puppy Food Ingredients:

Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), chicken, rice flour, soy flour, milk, water, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, animal digest, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, dried peas, dried carrots, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, DL-Methionine, Yellow 5, ferrous sulfate, Red 40, manganese sulfate, niacin, Blue 2, Vitamin A supplement, Yellow 6, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, 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.

Ground Whole Corn is basically a Flour-Type substance.
Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain and has very little nutritional value.
Corn Gluten Meal is the Rubbery Residue that remains after Corn had has it’s starchy carbohydrate washed out.
An Inferior and Inexpensive plant-based used to boost the labels protein content. No Nutritional Value.
Wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain.  
Very Little Nutritional Value.
Animal Fat is a generic-by-product of rendering.

Anonymous Meat Source Is from Spoiled Meat, and          Dead or Dying Cattle.
Chicken-By-Product Meal is ground parts of poultry carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste” and is “Unfit for Human Consumption”.

Are YOU Feeding your Dog the Correct Life Stage?


Life Stages of Dog Food

How does YOUR Dog Food Rate? (Click here)

Are YOU Feeding your Dog ENOUGH or TOO MUCH Food?

    Very Active Adults will need more Protein and MORE Carbohydrates, and MORE Calories. Adults in Multi-Dog Households usually require MORE Calories, as they tend to be MORE Active - Physically and Mentally.

Caloric Needs for YOUR Dog!

  Dog Food comes in several types: Puppy, Adult, Seniors, and Weight Management. Each Life stage requires it’s own Specific Nutrient Levels.

Puppies typically need MORE of every nutrient than an Adult. As a Rule, Most Small Breed Puppies will NOT Overeat, and they should be fed as Much as they will eat in one sitting. Each puppy is different, and their food rations and meal frequency need to be adjusted according to that puppy.

   Senior Dog Foods typically have more Protein and Higher Fiber contents, to prevent muscle wasting and constipation. The age at which a dog should be called a senior highly depends on the individual dog. Some dogs remain very active until their teens, while other slow down considerably before that.

   Weight Management Dog Food has less Calories, and are high in fiber. If your overweight dog is being fed weight management, you may have to switch to an adult food once they reach their target weight. You should not be continuing to feed a weight management dog food to a dog that is at its target weight. Once at their target weight, their nutrient requirements need to be adjusted accordingly.

Are YOU Feeding your Dog the Right TYPE of Food?


Types of Dog Food

Grain Free

All Natural

Raw Diet