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Dog Kibble
written by Elisa Law

Before considering feeding traditional processed dog food (I refer to as 'kibble'), people should know what is really in the food and how it is processed.  The truth is horrifying and disgusting.  There are many books and webs pages that are devoted to this subject.  Here's a link on our site to read more - Kibble Controversy.

If you do decide to feed kibble, learn more about what the ingredients listed on the bag really mean.  Understand the difference between - by product, meal, etc.  The more  specific meat sources listed in the top 5 ingredients the better. Specific meat sources are listed as: chicken, turkey by products, lamb meal - not generic: meat by products, meat and bone meal.  Learn about the different grains and terminology that are used in the different foods.  Some dogs are allergic to wheat, corn and beef, so it may be best to avoid foods that contain them.   Other important factors are the guaranteed analysis which lists the percentages of protein, fat, etc.  

Chemical preservatives are not only poisonous, can cause organ damage, but have also been found to cause cancer.  The most common chemical preservatives are BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin.  Propylene glycol (the poison in antifreeze) is used in minute amounts in some dog foods.  Sodium nitrate (found in some dog kibble) is a food colorant and preservative and is also believed to be carcinogenic.  Food coloring is a suspected of cause of cancer.  Avoid any dog food that has added colorant or artificial preservatives.  Only consider dog foods that have been naturally preserved, with Vitamin E (also called mixed tocopherals).

Cheaper dog foods have more grains, some foods have grains listed as the first ingredient.  Grains are not very digestible, they are basically filler.  Feeding a cheaper dog food is not really cheaper, since you have to feed higher quantities than you would with a better quality food.  The more grain in the dog food, the more you will need to feed your dog.  And the more that you will have to clean up in the yard. 

Dog food companies add vitamins and minerals to dog kibble.  Unless those vitamins and minerals are chelated, very little, if any is absorbed.  A dog kibble that has chelated vitamins and minerals is preferred.  Watch out for added salt and corn sweetener, used to help make the food taste better. 

Ideally, the best quality dog foods are holistic, organic, have fruits and vegetables in them.  Better quality kibble will have ingredients like sunflower oil, flaxseed oil,  and protibiotics.  The bottom line is to feed the best dog food that you can afford. 

Below are some links on dog food ingredients and comparisons.

Dog Food Comparison Charts - from Doberdog.com
Kibble Ingredients - by Mary Ellen R. Lunde
Pet Food Comparison and Companies that Do Not Test on Animals
What's the Best Dog Food For Your Money
- by Nan Weitzman and Ross Becker
What Really is "Natural" Dog Food - from ThePetCenter.com

Dog Food Comparison Charts - from Doberdog.com
Kibble Ingredients - by Mary Ellen R. Lunde
Pet Food Comparison and Companies that Do Not Test on Animals
What's the Best Dog Food For Your Money
- by Nan Weitzman and Ross Becker
What Really is "Natural" Dog Food - from ThePetCenter.com

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