Comparing Dog Food Labels
To follow-up on dog food labeling here is a label from a leading seller that many think is a great pet food.
- 25.0% Crude Protein (min)
- 10.0% Crude Fat (min)
- 4.0% Crude Fiber (max)
- 14.0% Moisture (max)
- 1.5% Linoleic Acid (min)
- 1.0% Calcium (Ca) (min)
- 0.2 mg/kg Selenium (Se) (min)
- 10,000 IU/kg Vitamin A (min
And here is a label from another less known dog food:
- Crude Protein 24% MIN
- Crude Fat 15% MIN
- Crude Fiber 3.5% MAX
- Moisture 10% MAX
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% MIN
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.6% MIN
Based on this guaranteed analysis they don’t look all that different do they?
But let’s take a look at the ingredient panel now…..
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, chicken, soy flour, rice flour, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, animal digest, mono and dicalcium phosphate, dried carrots, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried tomatoes, avocado, calcium propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Yellow 5, manganese sulfate, niacin, Red 40, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, Yellow 6, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
Manufactured by: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164 USA
And the second one:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Sweet Potatoes,Brown Rice, White Rice, Dried Whole Egg, Menhaden Fish Meal, Millet,Chicken Fat, Dried Tomato Pomace,Safflower Oil, Herring Meal, Cheese,Flaxseed, Carrots, Broccoli,Cauliflower, Apples, Green Beans,Chicken Cartilage, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries,Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate,Chicory Root Extract, Alfalfa Sprouts,Calcium Sulfate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid,Taurine, Parsley, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Vitamins, Minerals,Probiotics.
Fromm Family Foods LLC
Which one would you think is better for your dog?
The next time you go to pick up that bag of Beneful or other “grocery store/big box” brand please take a look at the label and think about it!