Dog Food and Ingredients to Avoid


Dog Food and Ingredients to Avoid

With so many horror stories linked to undesirable and unwholesome substances or ingredients present in dog food, it is high time for dog owners to take an active stance in ensuring that their pets receive the most nutritious and wholesome dog food that they can get their hands on. Studies have shown that many of the health problems suffered by dogs today are linked to an unhealthy diet. This does not refer to table scraps that some dogs may have access to but to the well-advertised premium and prescription dog foods which are available commercially.

Do you have a reason to be afraid?

Definitely. For many holistic veterinarians, the ingredients which are used in commercial dog foods today have contributed to an unprecedented rise in dog allergies, cancer, and even behavioral problems.

Your pet’s nutritional needs are one of the most important tasks you have to undertake as a responsible dog owner. Thus, when you are in the process of choosing which dog food brand you should buy, you should take time to get familiar with individual ingredients, how they are processed and packed. Once you will have a working knowledge of what matters and what does not, you can breathe a little easier.

Healthy Ingredients in Dog Food

Just like human food, ingredients in pet food which are considered the most desirable are those which are whole and unprocessed. Some of these include carrots, cracked barley, whole grain sorghum, venison meal, chicken broth, peas, beef meal, chicken meal, mackerel, herring oil, and a variety of other fresh ingredients.

When buying dog food, be sure to look past the hype and the rampant advertisements. Take time to look at the small print particularly the ingredients. In most cases, the first 3 ingredients are what matters most for they constitute the bulk of the dog food. These ingredients are usually composed of major protein and carbohydrate sources.

Ingredients to Watch Out For

Most ingredients that should be avoided if possible in dog food include additives, binders, specific carbohydrate sources, coloring agents, fiber sources, flavoring agents, specific fruits and vegetables, preservatives, specific protein sources, and some supplements, sweeteners and vitamins.



• Glyceryl Monostearate
• Phosphoric acid
• Prophylene Glycol


• Corn gluten
• Wheat gluten

Carbohydrate Sources

• Brewer’s Rice
• Cereal Food Fines
• Feeding Oat Meal
• Grain Fermentation Soluble
• Maltodextrins and Fermentation Solubles
• Potato Product
• Soy Flour

Coloring Agents

• Blue 2
• Red 40
• Titanium Dioxide
• Yellow 5
• Yellow 6

Fat Sources

• Animal Fat
• Beef Tallow
• Lard
• Poultry Fat
• Vegetable oil

Fiber Sources

• Cellulose
• Corn Bran
• Corn Cellulose
• Oat Hulls
• Peanut Hulls
• Rice Hulls
• Soybean Mill Run Wheat Mill Run

Flavoring Agents

• Animal Digest
• Flavoring
• Glandular Meal

Fruits and Vegetables

• Apple Pomace
• Citrus Pulp
• Grape Pomace


• Ethoxyquin
• Propyl Gallate

 Protein Sources

• Beef and Bone Meal
• Blood Meal
• Chicken by-product meal
• Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solublels ( DDGS)
• Corn Germ Meal
• Corn Gluten Meal
• Fish Meal
• Liver Meal
• Meat and Bone Meal
• Meat Meal
• Pork and Bone Meal
• Poultry by-product Meal
• Poultry Meal
• Soybean Meal


• Bone Phosphate
• Salt
• Mineral Oil
• Yeast Culture
• Yeast Fermentation Solubles


• Cane Molasses
• Corn Syrup
• Fructose
• Sorbitol
• Sugar
• DI-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate


• Vitamins
• Menadione Sodium Bisulfate


The need to find a wholesome and healthy food for pets has often lead dog owners to give homemade dog food. This is to ensure that they are giving only the best food to their dogs and protect them from risks associated with undesirable ingredients used in commercial dog food.