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Is Your Dog Eating Crummy Food?

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Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to dump cheap leftovers in. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot. Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption. Examples of
low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy. Examples of high quality foods to look for: Blue Buffalo, Innova, California Natural, Wellness, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Nature's Variety Prairie, Artemis Fresh Mix, Eagle Pack.  READ MORE

 

Below are listed some of the major kibbles.  Those highlighted in green are the highest quality, human grade food with no inferior sources of nutrition.  The remaining foods are not human grade and they contain inferior sources of nutrition among their top 5 ingredients as denoted in red.  

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!  In addition, high quality food translates to better dog health and fewer vet bills!  Now who can argue with that?!

 

Name of FOOD

Human Grade?

TOP 5 INGREDIENTS

Blue Buffalo

YES

Deboned chicken

Chicken Meal

Brown Rice

Barley

Oatmeal

Best In Show

YES

Chicken

Chicken Meal

Barley

Brown Rice

Millet

Blue Buffalo

YES

Deboned chicken

Chicken Meal

Brown Rice

Barley

Oatmeal

Blue Buffalo

YES

Deboned chicken

Chicken Meal

Brown Rice

Barley

Oatmeal

     California Natural

YES

Lamb Meal
Ground Brown Rice
Ground Rice
Sunflower Oil

Diamond Premium

NO

Lamb Meal

Brewers Rice*

Brown Rice

Rice Flour*

Turkey By-Product Meal*

Eagle Natural Pack

NO

Lamb Meal
Ground Brown Rice
Ground Yellow Corn*
Ground Whole Wheat
Chicken Meal

Eukanuba Adult

NO

Chicken
Chicken by-product meal*
Rice flour*
Ground corn*
Ground grain sorghum*

Flint River Ranch

YES

Chicken Meal
Wheat Flour
Ground Rice
Lamb Meal
Poultry Fat

IAMS Chunks

NO

Chicken By-Product Meal*
Ground Corn*
Rice Flour*

Ground grain sorghum

Animal Fat*

Innova

YES

Turkey
Chicken
Chicken Meal
Ground Brown Rice
Whole Steamed Potatoes

Natural Life Lamb & Rice

NO

Lamb Meal
Whole Brown Rice
Ground Grain Sorghum*
Oatmeal
Poultry Fat

Nature's Recipe Lamb & Rice

NO

Ground Whole Wheat

Lamb Meal

Ground Rice

Wheat Bran

Animal Fat*

Nutra Nuggets Lamb and Rice

NO

Lamb Meal

Brewers Rice*    

Brown Rice

Rice Flour*

Turkey By-Product Meal*

Nutro's Lamb Meal & Rice

NO

Lamb Meal
Ground rice
Rice Bran*
Rice Flour*
Sunflower Oil

Purina Dog Chow

NO

Ground yellow corn* 

Chicken by-product meal*

Corn gluten meal*

Soybean meal 

Beef tallow*

Science Diet Canine Maintenance

NO

Corn*
Poultry By-Product Meal*
Soybean Meal*
Animal Fat*

Natural Flavors
BHA, PPG, Citric Acid

ProPlan Natural

NO

Turkey
Barley
Corn*
Corn Gluten Meal*
Animal Fat*

Purina Dog Chow

 

NO

Ground yellow corn*                     

Chicken by-product meal*

Corn gluten meal*

Soybean mea

Beef tallow*

 

Science Diet Canine Maintenance

 

NO

Corn*
Poultry By-Product Meal*
Soybean Meal*
Animal Fat*

Natural Flavors
BHA, PPG, Citric Acid

Solid Gold

YES

USDA Lamb Meal
Whole Ground Millet
Ground Brown Rice
Whole Ground Barley
Amaranth

Wysong

YES

Chicken
Ground Whole Corn Grain*
Ground Whole Wheat Grain
Ground Whole Brown Rice
Ground Extruded Whole Soybeans*

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