What Really Goes Into Dog Food? Always Check The Label

By December 14, 2015 blog, dogs, Health, nutrition No Comments

To be healthy and happy your dog needs a nutrient rich diet designed to suit their age and breed, but unfortunately, many dog foods are not only lacking in nutrients, some will do your dog more harm than good. A vital part of providing quality pet care is ensuring that your beloved pooch has a diet they can thrive on; start by steering clear of foods that contain the following harmful ingredients – Let’s take a look at what really goes into dog food.

what really goes into dog food

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Nothing will have a greater impact on the health of your dog than the food you choose to feed them, so read the labels carefully before making your choice and prioritise natural ingredients.



While dogs may love the sweet taste of corn, unfortunately, it is high in carbohydrates which have virtually no nutritional value for your dog. Despite this fact, mass produced dog foods often have a carbohydrate content of 50% or more, usually in the form of low grade corn. Feeding a carbohydrate heavy diet to your dog can lead to chronic inflammation, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

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Another starchy product that should have no place in dog food is wheat; however, it is commonly used as a cheap source of low quality protein. Wheat and wheat gluten can cause a wide variety of health issues for your dog, ranging from allergies and intolerances to kidney failure – in severe cases it can even prove fatal.

Meat meal

It might not sound terribly sinister, but meat meal can consist of just about anything. It is made from a variety of animals and animal parts, ranging from road kill to meat that is considered unfit for human consumption, such as dead, diseased, dying and disabled animals. While the process of rendering meat for pet food involves cooking it to high temperatures it is unable to nullify all of the chemicals and medications these animals have been exposed to. The impact of meat meal on your pet can be horrific, ranging from kidney failure to tumours to cancer.

what to look for in dog food

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Steer clear of any dog foods that contain cellulose as it is 100% filler with no nutritional value whatsoever. Derived from the pulp or fibrous material of plants, cellulose is commonly added to dog food in the form of rice hulls or dried sugar beet pulp, both of which provide roughly the same nutritional benefit to your dog as they would get from eating sawdust.


A range of harmful preservatives are added to low quality dog food in order to extend its shelf life, many of which have been banned from human use because they are believed to cause cancer. Keep an eye out for the following preservatives as they are particularly harmful.

• BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
• BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
• Propyl Gallate
• Ethoxyquin
• Sodium Nitrate
• TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone)

Unfortunately, laws relating to pet food labelling are extremely weak and poorly enforced; therefore, the only sure way to avoid harsh preservatives is by feeding your pooch dog food with 100% all-natural ingredients.

Artificial colours

Your dog does not care what colour their food is yet many dog foods contain a variety of artificial colourings; their purpose being to appeal to you, the dog owner. These totally unnecessary chemicals are often synthetic dyes that have been linked with a variety of serious health issues, including cancer.

dog food advice

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Nothing will have a greater impact on the health of your dog than the food you choose to feed them, so read the labels carefully before making your choice and prioritise natural ingredients. If you are looking for a healthy way to treat your pet invest in a dog box subscription from Gus and Lou.

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