As consumers we may be impressed with attractive packaging on ‘trusted’ brands. But without carefully reading and understanding ingredient labels, we may not know if that food may be putting our dog’s health at risk. Some ingredients can lead to digestive problems, obesity, illness, cancer or other irreversible health conditions. Here is a list of common pet food ingredients we recommend you avoid!
Protein Ingredients range in quality and some should be completely avoided. Why? Because they come from questionable sources and do not provide REAL nutrition for dogs. These include:
Filler Ingredients add bulk to the food. With little or no nutritive value, they can be difficult to digest and may result in a range of health problems. These include:
Below are the ingredients of three popular dog food brands available in the UAE. Try to find any of the ingredients mentioned above.
Ingredients: Lamb, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy flakes, pearled barley, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), soybean meal, dried egg product, dried beet pulp, animal digest, glycerin, wheat bran, salt, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, sulfur, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), niacin, copper proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
Ingredients: Whole Grain Corn, Meat And Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols, Soybean Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Egg And Chicken Flavor, Whole Grain Wheat, Animal Digest, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Mono And Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Yellow 6, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Yellow 5, Red 40, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Blue 2, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Garlic Oil, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite
Ingredients: Maize, dehydrated poultry meat, maize flour, animal fats, maize gluten, hydrolysed animal proteins, beet pulp, minerals, fish oil, soya oil, yeast, egg powder, hydrolysed crustaceans (rich in glucosamine), taurine, hydrolysed cartilage (source of chondroitin).
Try doing the same with your current pet food!
Feeling overwhelmed yet? We sympathise. If you keep it simple and apply some common sense, it’s not that difficult. The best foods for your dog do not contain ingredients mentioned above. Find a brand of dog food that is minimally processed and made with whole food and natural ingredients as well as real meat.
Furchild is the new, fresh pet food company in the UAE which offers a variety of complete and balanced, premium pet meals for dogs and cats. Furchild does not contain any cheap or questionable ingredients. All Furchild ingredients are human-grade, whole fresh foods that are species appropriate and optimal for your dog and cat’s health. The labels are very transparent and mention the specifics of each high-quality ingredient. Here's our ingredients used in our recipe for dogs, Chicken with Organic Vegetables. Notice the difference?
If your pet has been eating a processed diet for a long time, we recommned swapping over to Furchild's fresh pet nutrition and possibly adding Complete Probitic Powder and Healthy Digestive Enzymes to their meals.
To learn more about the questionalbe quality and sourcing of processed pet foods, read our page Comparing Types of Pet Food.