Dog Food Ingredients A to Z

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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:

Ascorbic acid Alfalfa
Biotin Blueberries
Calcium Carbonate Carrageenan
Coconut Oil
Dandelion Greens DI-methionine
Enterococcus Faecium Ethoxyquin
Fennel Fenugreek
Glycerin Green Tea
Herring Hydrolyzed Protein
Inulin Inositol
Jicama Juniper Berries
Kelp Kale
L-Carnitine Lecithin
Meat Marigold
Montomorillonite Natural Flavor
Niacin Olive Oil
Oat Fiber Papaya
Pantotheonic Acid Quinoa
Quail Rosemary
Red #3 Soy
Selenium Turmeric
Thyme Vegetable Oil
USDA Wheat
Venison Yellow Food Coloring
Watercress Zucchini
Xanthan Gum
Yucca Schidigera
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