• READ ALL INGREDIENTS - meat source should be one of the first two ingredients.
  • Stay away from products with artificial colors or flavors, corn (cheap filler), wheat gluten, meal, byproducts and other cheap fillers. Corn and wheat can grow deadly molds and fungus.
  • Don't give treats or food with chemicals BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin & propylene glycol, corn syrups, sugar; or menadione (aka dimethylprimidinol sulfate).
  • Treats with added Honey and Molasses (black Strap is GOOD) in small amounts is ok from time to time.
  • NATURAL or ORGANIC doesn't mean HUMAN GRADE or HEALTHY (Some contain 'organic sugar / corn syrup' as an ingredient - NEVER use ANY product w/CORN SYRUP or SUGAR ingredients - even organic Corn syrup feeds cancerous cells (it is only in emergencies if hypoglycemic.)


Additives   Glyceryl Monostearate, Phosphoric Acid, Propylene Glycol  - Glyceryl Monostearate should be avoided due to  potential chemical additives, Propylene Glycol may be toxic in large amounts (banned in Europe), Phosphoric Acid is unnecessary
Binders   Corn Gluten and Wheat Gluten  - Inexpensive by-products with no real nutritional value
Carbohydrate Sources   Brewers Rice, Cereal Food Fines, Feeding Oat Meal, Grain Fermentation Solubles, Maltodextrins & Fermentation Solubles, Potato Product, Soy Flour  - Inexpensive by-products with no real nutritional value
Coloring Agents   Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 (artificial colors), Titanium Dioxide - Linked to many serious health issues
Fat Sources   Animal Fat, Beef Tallow, Lard, Poultry Fat, Vegetable Oil - No control over quality or contamination
Fiber Sources   Cellulose, Corn Bran, Corn Cellulose, Oat Hulls, Peanut Hulls, Rice Hulls, Soybean Mill Run, Wheat Mill Run   - Cheap fillers with no real nutritional value and can contain ingredients such as wood.
Flavoring Agents   Animal Digest, Digest, Flavor, Glandular Meal - No control over quality or contamination
Fruits and Vegetables   Apple Pomace, Citrus Pulp, Grape Pomace  - Inexpensive by-products with no real nutritional value and possibly contaminated material.
Preservatives   BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, Propyl Gallate  - BHA & BHT banned in some countries for human consumption - serious health issues, other products used in non food sources including pesticides.
Protein Sources   Beef & Bone Meal, Blood Meal, Chicken Byproduct Meal, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Corn Germ Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Fish Meal, Liver Meal, Meat & Bone Meal, Meat Meal, Pork & Bone Meal, Poultry Byproduct Meal, Poultry Meal, Soybean Meal  - All are parts of animals not suitable for human consumption
Supplements   Bone Phosphate, Salt, Mineral Oil, Yeast Culture, Yeast Fermentation Solubles  - Additional salt is not necessary, mineral oil is a laxative, yeast is potential allergen
Sweeteners   Cane Molasses, Corn Syrup, Fructose, Sorbitol, Sugar, DI-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate  - Unnecessary ingredients
Vitamins   Menadione Sodium Bisulfate (Vitamin K3, Synthetic Vitamin K) - Linked to many serious health issues

For the more comprehensive list go to www.DogFoodProject.com:
INGREDIENT   What the manufacturer claims - and also what the manufacturer doesn't tell you.
Can you guess which is which?
Amaranth   Superior source of carbohydraes, minerals and rich flavor
Barley   At least 80% good quality barley; no more than 3% heat damaged kernels, 6 percent foreign material, 20% other grains or 10% wild oats.
Brewer's Rice   Small fragments of rice kernels separated from larger kernels of milled rice.
Brown Rice   Unpolished rice left over after the kernels have been removed.
Cereal Food Fines   Food particles or by-product of breakfast cereal production.
Corn Gluten Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Barley Flour, Ground Corn, Corn Meal, Corn Chop, Soybean Meal, Ground Grain Sorghum, Linseed Meal   By-products  (meals)  of ground or mashed original product.
Flaxseed   Also known as Linseed. Very high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Store in cool, humidity-free area out of direct sunlight.  An opened container of flaxseed spoils rapidly (especially the oil) and is best kept under refrigeration.
Grain Sorghum   Sorghum is a member of the Grass family. There are many different varieties clasified into 4 groups:  Grain, Grass, Sweet, and Broomcorn.
  • Broomcorn is grown for the brush or branches of the seed cluster. The fibers are used in the manufacturer of brooms.

  • Sweet Sorghums of sorgos, have a sweet juicy stem. These are used to produce sorghum syrup. Animal Feeds and silage can also be made for the sweet sorghums.

  • Grass Sorghums are grown for green feed and hay but can be found in Kansas fields of weeds. Two types are Sudan and Johnson grass.

  • Grain Sorghums are grown especially for the rounded, starchy seeds. The grain Serves as A substitue for corn in feeding animals. Some grain sorghums grow as much as 15 feet high. The entire plant can be used to make silage. World wide, common grain sorghums include milo, durra and kafir.

Mesquite Bean Meal   Full of essential nutrients, helps regulate blood sugar, and excellent source of carbohydrates.
Oatmeal   Heart smart food, excellent fiber source and clinically proven to lower cholesterol.
Semolina   The endosperm of durum wheat - a high protein used in fine pasta.

Meats and Meat by-Products

Animal By-Product Meal   Consists of rendered animal tissue which does not fit in any of the other categories. It cannot contain hoof, hide trimmings, extra hair, horn, stomach or rumen contents, manure or any foreign matter.
Animal Digest   A powder or liquid made by taking clean under-composed animal tissue and breaking it down using chemical and or emblematic hydrolysis. It does not contain horn, teeth, hair, hooves, or feathers except in trace amounts which are unavoidable, Digest names must be descriptive of their contents....that is, chicken digest must be made from chicken and beef digest made from beef.
Beef Tallow   This is the Very Hard white fatty substance which is rock hard and looks like a bone. Most dogs have great difficulty in digesting this substance.
Chicken Liver   Organic meat , highly usable protein source containing vitamins A , K and Foliate. It also contains minerals Phosphorus and potassium. Many Amino Acids are also found in Chicken Liver.
Dehydrated Eggs   Whole poultry eggs which are dried.
Fish Meal   Clean, dried, and ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cuttings which may or may not have the oil removed. It is also considered an excelent source for Omega 3 fatty acids.
Meat or Meat Based   Meat is the clean flesh of slaughtered cattle, swine, sheep or goats. The flesh can include striated skeletal muscle, tongue, diaphragm, heskeletal muscle, tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus, overlying fat, and the portions of skin, sinew, nerves, and blood vessels normally found with that flesh. This is what some people would call on the hoof or "wet - state". This applies equal to all livestock whether it be Beef, Chicken, Lamb, etc.,,,. After processing these meats can loose up to 80% of their weight. Thus when looking at the ingredients list you might find it as number one but in truly reality after processing it will fall between 4, 5 or even 6 on a ture ingredients list.
Meat Meal   Rendered meal made from animal tissue. It cannot contain hair, hoof, blood, horn, hide trimmings, stomach or rumen (the first stomach) contents, or manure except for amounts that may not be avoided during processing. It cannot contain any added foreimay not be avoided during processing. It cannot contain any added foreign matter and may not contain more than 14% indigestible materials. Indigestible crude protein in the meal cannot be more than 11%. Meals are also use after processing and give a more ture actual weight on the list of ingredients for placement over whole meats or "wet - state" meats.
Meat By-Product   Clean parts of slaughtered animals, not including meat. These parts include lungs, kidneys, brain, spleen, liver, bone, blood, partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue, stomach, and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, teeth, hooves or horns. Only 14% may be indigestible residue and no more than 11% indigestible crude protein.
Meat and Bone Meal   Rendered from meat and bone, but it does not include hair, blood, horn, hoof, manure, hide trimmings, stomach, or rumen contents except that which is unavoidable during processing. It does not include any foreign matter. Like meat meal, only 14% may be indigestible residue and no more than 11% indigestible crude protein.
Poultry By-Product   Clean parts of slaughtered poultry, such as heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, feet, abdomen, intestines, and heads and must not contain feces or foreign matter except that which is unavoidable and then only in trace amounts.
Poultry By-Product Meal   Made up of ground, rendered, and clean parts of slaughtered poultry, such as undeveloped eggs, necks, feet, and intestines. It does not contain feathers except those which are unavoidable during processing.
Salmon   Excellent source of protein and fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Whole Fresh eggs   This is the Highest rated source of usable Protein, and rates above all meats and meat products. Shells are a great source of Calcium Carbonate good for strong healthy teeth.

Fruits and Veggies

Guava Leaves   The fresh or small new Guava leaves from the Guava tree help in negating the effects of diarrhea and very loose stool. If you have access to a Guava tree you can pick the fresh leaves and keep them in the regenerator for a short period of time. You grind them up with your fingers and add a couple to the food.
Oranges   Contain the pure Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) good for immune support, reduces cholesterol, powerful antioxidents.
Papaya   Has long been used to aid in the digestive process. Its enzymes help in digestion and consumption of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Peas and Carrots   Are used as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals they also provide a flavor that both dogs and cats love.
Peppermint Leaves   Peppermint leaves can be used to help with doggie breath. You can add one or two leaves to the food that you feed.
Pumpkin   Pumpkin is a member of the squash family and has several health related things that it can be used for. If your pet has diarrea you can give raw canned, uncooked, unsweetend pumpkin to help sooth the digestion track and help with minnor digestive track issues.
Tomatoes   Abundant in carotenoids, beta-carotene, and vitamins A & C. They are also an acidifier and a fiber source.
Turnip Greens   Contains some calcium, Omega-3 and vitamin A & C.

For the more comprehensive list go to www.doberdogs.com:


 Studies at The Ohio State University Veterinary School suggest that cats eating kibble diets are more likely to develop FLUTD than cats consuming canned (moist) diets - newmanveterinary.com and The Truth About Dry Cat Food

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