More Food Information
Learn to know dog food ingredients, labels and red flags about a variety of foods that manufacturers, breeders and even many veterinarians recommend. It will pay off in the end.
Below: We have listed important key words to look for in searching for a quality dog food
All Natural, Human Grade, Hormone -Free, Antibiotic-Free, No By-Products, Non GMO Grains, No Fillers, No Harmful Chemicals, No Preservatives, No Additives, Natural Antioxidents, USDA Inspected, Specific Meats and Meals (As first ingredients)
Specific Named,( example, Flax seed oil ) Oils and Named (Example, Chicken Fat) Fats,
Natural Preservatives such as: Tocopherals,(Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
lactobacillus acidophilus, bacillus subtillis, ( Digestive Enzymes)
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, For bones and joint Health
Omega 3 and Omega 6
What are BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin?
BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin, are potentially toxic artificial preservatives that are included in many dog food brands.
These may cause our pet dry skin, allergic reactions, dental disease, and poor health, as well as cause adverse effects on liver and kidney functions.
BHA is Butylated Hydroxyanisole, and BHT, is Butylated Hydroxytoluene, these artificial preservatives are added to oils to slow down deterioration. BHA and BHT (as well as ethoxyquin) are found in numerous pet food brands, including Science Diet (even their prescription diet product line) and lower-grade brands like Alpo and Pedigree, in the place of vitamin E.
Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative (and possible carcinogenic) regulated by the FDA as a pesticide. Not allowed in human foods, it is used in many pet foods.
Red Flag words and ingredients to avoid in foods
Non specific named Meat or Meat Meal and Bone Meal
By Product ( Of ANY KIND ) Also Meat By-Products, Chicken By-Products, etc.
No Specific fats, Oils, Meats (examples) Vegetable Oil, Meat Fat, Poultry fat, etc.
Unspecified Grain Sources
Brewers Yeast, Brewers Rice
Corn, Corn Meals, Corn Gluten, Corn Oil, Corn Syrup,
Soy, Soybean, Soy oil, etc
Wheat, Wheat Gluten, etc
Any Hulls, Artificial Colors, Colorings and Dyes, Chemicals
Vague ingredient names
Onions, Grapes, A lot of Garlic, Apple Pomice, Grape pomice, Citrus Pulp
Some other items to stay clear of include:
Artificial Dog Food Preservatives and Chemical Additives:
Artificial Colors and Flavors
Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, and any other such dyes.
Any flavors that do not mention the specific source, e.g. “meat broth”
Sweeteners.... sugar, sorbitol, sucrose, fructose, glucose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin, propylene glycol. xylitol
Diamond Naturals has Chicken and Rice Adult. Our retired pack enjoys this food and they stay quite healthy on it at 8 to almost 13 years of age.It is also a great blender food for our pack with raw
I can not stress enough to Learn to read labels!
Any Foods fed Must have Good Probiotics.....
The following ingredients can greatly harm your dog or puppy.
Be wary of any foods having these ingredients:
By Products of any kind
Wheat in any form
Soy in any form
Vegetable oil (Non specific)
Corn in any form
Non specific animal fat
BHA or BHT
Peas and Pea protein if high on the list in foods also having rice or oats.
Beware of legumes in high numbers
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The foods listed below are totally acceptable for feeding under our purchase Contracts And we use some of them Ourselves !
They do not have any Wheat, Corn, Soy, by-products, or harmful chemicals.
They are also for all life stages being excellent for puppies through old age. There is no need to feed or not feed puppies puppy food after 4- 6 months of age if using foods for all life stages and/or growth Such as Taste of the Wild High Prairie puppy, Best breed puppy, Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and rice, etc.
We find that the Best breed is an excellent blender food to feed along with other foods.
How to know a Good, Acceptable food to feed
Foods fed must be free of Corn, Wheat, Soy, and Bi-products, minimal White Potato. (Any foods that fall under this category are acceptable under our purchase contract). Sweet Potato is fine! However, try to stay away from to many legumes in the ingredient list.
Above : Our grandbabies have helped since day one and these pictures will always be in our wonderful memories with them !
Foods Used and Affiliates Page
Nu Vet products are Highly Recommended
All natural and completely safe for your pet along with a fantastic guarantee from Nu Vet..
We regularly use Nu Vet Plus here at Alzimm and like the results so well that we incorporate the use of Nu Vet Plus into our puppy Purchase Contract.
Details/To Order: www.nuvet.com/58617
Or Call 800 474-7044 to order and use Code # 58617
Your pet will Thank You for it !
Nu Vet Joint is Fantastic and Also Highly recommended
Affco Dog Food Advisor: For nutrition information help
I agree with most of this site but some things are not looked at properly
such as the quality of the ingredients.