A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients
For the first time since we began our series of posts on individual dog food ingredients, we have come up to a letter where there is no new ingredient to write about: the letter U. Last time through the alphabet, we took some liberty and used USDA as our U post. While there are several USDA ingredients in dog food (e.g. USDA Beef, USDA Chicken), there are no other ingredients that begin with the letter U. So today, we are going to write about Understanding, a word that begins with U and how it defines what this dog food ingredient series is all about.
Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Why We Do This
We started writing about dog food ingredients many months ago. This project started for a few reasons. First of all, as part of some research we were doing we had compiled a list of ingredients from our food data set. At the time, there were about 1,500 foods that we had collected data on. That list of ingredients was very large, and we realized that there could be some awesome information to share on each one of them. Using the alphabet as a framework was an easy way for us to plow through the list. The second reason we started the series was because we were asked about a specific ingredient (ascorbic acid) as part of our Dear Labby series. That was the kick start that we needed to dive into this long series of posts.
Our Mission: Improve Pet Owner’s Understanding of Dog Food
For every ingredient we write about, we do our research and try to review several key studies that provide some scientific support of benefits or risks. We then try to present some of the key facts about the ingredient, along with some statistics on how commonly it is used in dog food. Our intention is not to judge a food that might include or not include any specific ingredient. Rather, we are trying to explain why each ingredient is included in dog food, and the benefits and risks to your dog eating it. Each of our readers can and should form their own opinions on an ingredient and its appropriateness for their pet.
Our Goal: Covering Most if not All Dog Food Ingredients
Our longer term goal is to write about every single ingredient in dog food so that we can build a single library of information on the ingredients. Our long form posts are hopefully more informative than some of the existing 1 or 2 sentence (and incomplete) ingredient glossaries that are currently available on the web. When we are done, we hope to have the best free resources on dog food ingredients out there.
Dog Food Ingredients We Have Covered Thus Far
Thus far, we are almost done with our second pass through the alphabet. The table below shows the ingredients that we have written about to date. We ended up with 2 “Ms’ during the first pass due to a specific reader request. In total, we have covered a total of 41 ingredients, and there are a lot more to cover for the future. We will be busy for sure.
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