Ingredients

Three Qualities of an Ideal Dog Food

Three Qualities of an Ideal Dog Food

There are several thousand commercially available dog foods to choose from in the United States alone.  Almost every one of these contains long lists of ingredients and hard to understand “guaranteed analysis” and imprecise feeding recommendations.  Unfortunately, this plethora of information and fo... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Seven Functional Foods

Feeding a Senior Dog: Seven Functional Foods

Like humans, as a dog ages, their body will be less able to fight off disease and recover from daily physical and mental stress.  As a result, it is crucial that a senior dog is fed a healthy and functional diet, so that they will live a long and high quality life.   From a macro perspective, m... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 3

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 3

Evaluating the protein in a dog food requires a multi-faceted approach.   Besides looking for named meat and fish as the primary protein source, one must also watch for other added protein sources that, while helping increase the total protein content of the dog food, might not be really species app... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 2

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 2

I have previously discussed protein and how specific, named proteins (e.g. Chicken) should be fed to a dog instead of non-specific proteins (e.g. Poultry).  Yet, there are more ways to scrutinize protein sources in dog foods besides this rule of thumb.     Proteins in dog food, whether spe... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Vitamins & Minerals

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Vitamins & Minerals

Commercially available dog foods will typically contain long lists of ingredients.  In fact, the average dog food contains over 40 different ingredients in a single recipe.  One of the reasons that dog foods contain so many ingredients is due to the fact that they are generally formulated to be “com... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Coloring

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Coloring

One of the most senseless ingredient functions in dog food is coloring.  Dog food color can be enhanced in many ways, but when ingredients are added specifically to add color while adding no nutritional value, then those ingredients are at best, useless and at worst, harmful.   Why Colorings ar... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Sweeteners

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Sweeteners

Like in the case for humans, a dog’s taste buds allow them to taste sweetness.  And for many dogs, some sweetness is considered to be a good thing when it comes to their foods.  Pet food manufacturers are well aware of this fact, and in an attempt to improve palatability, will often include ingredie... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Preservatives

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Preservatives

Preservatives are, unfortunately, a critical component in most pet foods, especially the dry variety.  A bag of dog food might not actually be purchased and opened by the consumer for 6-9 months or longer due to the industry’s long (slow) supply chain.  As a result, dog foods must have relatively lo... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Although dogs will eat like omnivores, they are descendants of the carnivore wolf and thus will thrive on diets high in protein and fat.  By definition, this also means that dogs require little in the way of carbohydrates.   Canine Ancestral Diet = Low Carbohydrates A canine ancestral diet, the... »

Feed Your Dog This, Not That: Fat

Feed Your Dog This, Not That: Fat

Most healthy dogs are meant to thrive on a diet that is high in protein and fat.  Adequate amounts of fat will provide a variety of health benefits to a dog.   Benefits of Dietary Fat to a Dog: Fat is a dense source of energy (calories) that is necessary to keep a dog active. Fat provides essen... »

Feed This, Not That: Protein

Feed This, Not That: Protein

In theory, every single ingredient in a dog food formulation has a purpose, a specific reason or benefit that made the food company include it in the recipe.  It could be that the ingredient is to provide protein, or perhaps it acts as a preservative.  Whatever specific role needs to be filled, ther... »

Three Pet Food Additives to Avoid

Three Pet Food Additives to Avoid

When choosing a food for your dog, it is just as important to consider what should NOT be in the food as to consider what should be in the food.  Today, I am focusing on some ingredients that should not be in a dog’s food.  And when it comes to ingredients to avoid, there are several food additives ... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 3

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 3

This week is part 3 of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first two installments are available here and here.   Meat as the first ingredient is a good rule, but by itself is not a true indication of a foods overall quality or appropriateness.  Ingredient... »

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1

Over the past several years, there has been a sea change in the pet food industry.  Driven by the humanization of pets and the fact that more homes in the U.S. now have pets than have children, the premium pet food market has exploded and more and more pet owners are educating themselves on how to r... »

Wellness Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Wellness Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Several weeks ago, I introduced the idea of using a word cloud analysis to check if a given pet food Brand’s marketing messages are consistent with the actual ingredients in their product portfolio.  In today’s post, I will share the results of my analysis of the Wellness Pet Food Brand.   Abou... »

Herbs and Spices in Dog Food

Herbs and Spices in Dog Food

Herbs and spices can be an important but often overlooked ingredient category when it comes to pet food. Herbs and spices have been used for centuries by humans add flavor and coloring to food and in many cases, to treat illness. They are also commonly used in commercially available dog food recipes... »

Hydrolyzed Soy in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Soy in Dog Food

I was recently updating some pet food recipe information in our pet food database and happened to be updating a handful of prescription recipes when I noticed the ‘allergen free’ and ‘hypo allergenic’ (and similar) foods. Most of these types of foods use hydrolyzed proteins as a key ingredient that ... »

grains in dog food

Grains in Dog Food

The humanization and overall consumer preference for premium pet food has led to the growth in grain free pet foods, which are marketed as being better and healthier than foods containing grains. Although dogs do not need grains for their bodies to function properly, grains are not necessarily bad i... »

fruits and vegetables in dog food

Common Fruits and Vegetables in Dog Food

Fruits and vegetables are becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in commercial dog food recipes. Most dog foods contain one or more of these, with some of the higher quality foods containing a half-dozen or more. Which raises a question: which vegetables are the most commonly found in commercia... »

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

You can’t get away from all the cooking shows and competitions on TV anymore – it seems they are on 24/7. I like watching them and learning about different spices and herbs to use in cooking. It got me thinking about spices and herbs that are good for our dogs too, so I raided our Dog Fo... »

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

We frequently get asked whether the latest “super food” is also good for our dogs. Our A to Z Ingredients series pulls in the most visitors on our site and we’ve tried to cover the major “super foods” in the course of the series.     We thought we’d revi... »

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

We have had many readers ask us about the benefits of coconut oil and whether it is good for their dogs. Even though we aren’t doing another ingredients series for awhile, we wanted to respond to our readers questions with our thoughts on coconut oil.   Fats are an important part of a dog... »

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

We have reached the end of the alphabet for the second time and today’s post, on the letter Z, is all about zucchini.   What is Zucchini? Zucchini is a summer squash that belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep... »

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Since we don’t have another ingredient beginning with the letter “X”, we will skip ahead to the letter “Y” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the yellow colorings in dog food, specifically, yellow #5 and yellow #6.   What is Yellow Coloring? Yellow food coloring is an... »

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “W” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about wheat.   What is Wheat? Wheat is a cereal grain that is the third most produced grain behind maize (corn) and rice in the world.   Common names for Wheat Besides the generic “wheat”, other names inclu... »

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “V” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about vegetable oil.   What is Vegetable Oil? According to Wikipedia, A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. The AAFCO definition of vegetable oil is: the product of vegetable origin obtained ... »

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

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 ingredie... »

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “T” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the spice Turmeric.   What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to southeast India. Derivatives of the plant are boiled and dried in hot ovens before being gro... »

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “S” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the somewhat controversial Soy, an alternative protein source in some dog foods.   What is Soy? Soy and its derivatives come from the soybean, a legume that is native to East Asia.   Common names ... »

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “R” in our dog food ingredient series. As we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, today’s ingredient is rosemary, a common component of many stuffing recipes.   What is Rosemary? Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock ne... »

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “Q” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of quinoa in dog food.   What is Quinoa? Although quinoa is consumed like a cereal grain (e.g. oats and wheat), it actually belongs to the same food family that contains spinach, beets, and Swi... »

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “P” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of papaya in dog food.   What is Papaya? Papaya is the fruit of the tropical tree-like plant. The papaya plant grows large with a single stem growing from 16 to 33 ft. tall (5 to 10 m tall). &n... »

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “O” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the use of olive oil in dog food.   What is Olive Oil? Olive oil is the oil (fat) obtained by pressing whole olives.   Common names for Olive Oil In dog food, we have not seen any other names besides ... »

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

As we are up to the letter “N” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the ubiquitous and ambiguous “Natural Flavor”.   What is Natural Flavor? Natural flavor is a flavoring additive that is present in many pet foods and treats. Even though natural flavors sound perfectly ... »

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Continuing our analysis of dog food ingredients, we are now up to the letter M. Today’s dog food ingredient is Marigold.   What is Marigold? Marigold, in the plant genus Calundula, is a short-lived aromatic and herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 inches) tall. The marigold blooms in vivi... »

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

We are now up to the letter L in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Lecithin.   What is Lecithin? Lecithin is a fatty substance found in plants and animals. It is produced naturally in the body.   Common names for Lecithin The most... »

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Most normally healthy dogs require a diet that is high in protein. Thus, the amount of protein in a dog food, as calculated on a dry matter basis, is important when evaluating a dog food. But it is only part of the protein story. The source of protein in dog food, the specific ingredients that are u... »

Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?

Is the Latest Superfood, Kale Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter K in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is the “superfood” Kale.     What is Kale? Kale, sometimes classified as a “superfood”, is a leafy green vegetable. It is found in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur vari... »

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter J in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Juniper Berries.   What are Juniper Berries? Juniper Berries, scientifically called Juniperus communis, come from the Juniper shrub and are widely found throughout the ... »

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter I in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Inositol.   What is Inositol? Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. Because dogs can produce this internally by breaking down su... »

SlimDoggy Dog Food Database

SlimDoggy Dog Food Database

Today is another “Blog the Change for Animals” day, a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about their favorite animal-related cause in an effort to raise awareness and understanding. In the past we’... »

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter H in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we will examine hydrolyzed proteins in dog food.   What is Hydrolyzed Protein? According to Wikipedia, hydrolyzed protein is protein that has been hydrolyzed or broken down into its component amino acids. As the name impl... »

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Moving on to the letter G in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Green Tea for dogs.   What is Green Tea? Green tea is made from the leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis. Unlike black tea, green tea leaves have undergone minimal oxidation during processing... »

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Moving on to the letter F in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Fenugreek for dogs.   What is Fenugreek? Fenugreek is an annual plant in the Fabaceae family with leaves consisting of three small obovate (i.e. with narrow ends) to oblong leaflets. It is culti... »

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Moving on to the letter E in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss why Ethoxyquin is in dog food.   What is Ethoxyquin? Ethoxyquin is a controversial and artificial ingredient that has been used in dog food for many years—it was approved as an additive to pet food in 1959. Eth... »

Dl-Methionine in Dog Food

Dl-Methionine in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter D in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Dl-Methionine is in Dog Food.   What is Dl-Methionine? Methionine is an essential amino acid that is important for many bodily functions. Dl-Methionine is a synthetic version of this amino acid. Methionine ... »

Carrageenan in Dog Food

Carrageenan in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter C in our 2nd A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Carrageenan is in Dog Food. What is Carrageenan? According to Wikipedia, Carrageenans are a family of carbohydrate structures that are extracted from red edible seaweeds.   Common names for Carrageenan ... »

Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

After a short break, it is time to resume our dog food ingredients series where we walk through the alphabet and pick a pet food ingredient to analyze. Today’s ingredient is Blueberry.   What are Blueberries? According to Wikipedia, blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Today we start a new challenge for the month of April. It’s the A to Z Challenge and we have to write a post a day using a theme for each letter of the alphabet. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke… Today, being April 1st, we start with the letter “A” and our post... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Zinc

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Zinc

Wow!  Today, at last, we have reached the end of the alphabet in our “Ingredients A to Z” series.   Today’s letter is Z and our ingredient is Zinc.  Including today, we have written 27 A to Z ingredient posts (we did two consecutive posts on the letter M due to a reader request).   This ha... »

Yucca plant

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Yucca Schidigera

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Y”. Today’s ingredient is Yucca Schidigera.     What is Yucca Schidigera? Yucca schidigera is a flowering plant that is native to the Mojave Desert, Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert of southeastern Ca... »

gum

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Xanthan Gum

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “X”. Today’s ingredient is Xanthan Gum.   What is Xanthan Gum? Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide (sugar like compound) produced by bacterial fermentation of a sugar-containing medium.  Nutritionally speaking, it ... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Watercress

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Watercress

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “W”. Today’s ingredient is Watercress. What is Watercress? According to Wikipedia, watercress is a fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia.  Related to mustard and radish, it... »

venison

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Venison

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “V”. Today’s ingredient is Venison.   What is Venison? Venison is the meat of the game animal deer.  Deer is a member of the Cervidae family.   Common names for Venison The most common name variation is de... »

USDA Label

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: USDA and other Label Nuances

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “U”. In reality, there are not a lot of ingredients that start with the letter U.  We decided on “USDA”, which in itself is not an ingredient, but is an adjective uses in some rare cases to describe a protein used in the ... »

thyme

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Thyme

Next up in our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “T”. Today’s ingredient is the well known herb, Thyme.   What is Thyme? Thyme is a perennial plant, belonging to the mint family.  The plants can be erect and bushy, reaching 18 inches in height or creeping and ... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Selenium

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Selenium

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “S”. Today’s ingredient is Selenium.   What is Selenium? Selenium is a trace mineral that our bodies use to produce glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that serves as a natural antioxidant.   Common names fo... »

cherryredcolor

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Red #3

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “R”. Today’s ingredient is Red #3.   What is Red #3? Red #3, and other red colorings like red #40, as well as all other artificial food colorings, are artificially made food coloring chemicals. Red #3 is a colo... »

Quail

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Quail

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Q”. Today’s ingredient is Quail. What is Quail? Quail is a collective name for several families of mid-sized birds generally considered in the order Galliformes.   A “game” bird, quail is an alternative sourc... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

  Given the season, we considered doing Peppermint Candy Canes for the “P” of our ingredient series, but you don’t find too much peppermint in dog food, and candy canes certainly aren’t good for them, so we went with Pantothenic Acid instead.   What is Pantothenic A... »

oathulls

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Oat Fiber

What is Oat Fiber? Oat fiber is derived from oats, a type of cereal grain that is commonly used in livestock feed.  Oat fiber is often extracted from the outer casing of the oat grain.   Common names for Oat Fiber The most common name variations include other oat derivative products including o... »

liver

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Niacin

What is Niacin? Niacin, one of the B-vitamins, is an essential vitamin for humans and dogs.  Niacin occurs naturally in many foods, including organ meat like liver, beef, fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes.   Common names for Niacin The most common name variations for Niacin include Vitamin B-3 a... »

montmorillonite

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Montomorillonite

Per special request of our friend Oz the Terrier, we are sticking with the letter  “m” for the second week in a row and are featuring “Montomorillonite” as our ingredient of the day.   What is Montomorillonite? According to Wikipedia, Montmorillonite is a very soft … group of minerals that typi... »

mixed meats

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Meat

    We now move to the letter “M” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring “Meat” as our ingredient of the day.   What is meat? Seems like a trick question, doesn’t it? According to dictionary.com, the definition of meat is: the flesh of animals as used for food.  Accor... »

l-carnitine structure

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: L-Carnitine

We now move to the letter “L” in our Ingredient A to Z series and are featuring L-Carnitine as our ingredient of the day.   What is L-Carnitine? L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body.  It is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol (the liquid ins... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Kelp

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Kelp

We now move to the letter “k” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring kelp as our ingredient of the day.   What is kelp? According to Wikipedia, kelp as a large seaweed belonging to the brown algae family.   Kelp grow in ocean “kelp forests”.   Common names for kelp T... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

Today we move to the letter “j” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring jicama as our ingredient of the day.   What is jicama? According to Wikipedia, jicama, which is scientifically known as Pachyrhizus erosus, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly ref... »

chicory root

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Inulin

Today we move to the letter “I” in our ingredient A to Z series and we are featuring inulin as our ingredient of the day.   What is inulin? According to Wikipedia, inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants. Inulins are dietary fibers that are cl... »

herring

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Herring

Today we move to the letter “h” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring herring as our ingredient of the day.   What is herring? According to Wikipedia, herring are a forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near ... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Glycerin

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Glycerin

What is glycerin? Glycerin , is a sweetener and binder (humectant) that is commonly produced as a byproduct of soap making.  It has traditionally been used in dog food as a texturing and sweetening agent.   Common names for glycerin The most common name variations include glycerol, vegetable gl... »

Fennel

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Fennel

Today we move to the letter F in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring fennel as our ingredient of the day.   What is fennel? Fennel is a perennial, aromatic herb with yellow flowers and a bulb like stem.  Although native to the Mediterranean, fennel is now found throughout the world. ... »

bacteria slide

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Enterococcus Faecium

Today we move to the letter E in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring Enterococcus Faecium as our ingredient of the day.  Admittedly, this is one tough ingredient to understand and there is some conflicting, and somewhat scary, information on it!   What is enterococcus faecium? Entero... »

dandelion greens

Ingredients A to Z: Dandelion Greens in Dog Food

Before we begin today’s “D” entry of our Ingredients A to Z series, we wanted to share a statistic on our previous “C” post on calcium carbonate.  We searched for “calcium carbonate” in our food database and found that it was an ingredient in 45% of all dog foods. A similar search on the term “calci... »

Vitamins and Jack

Ingredients A to Z: Calcium Carbonate in Dog Food

Before we begin today’s “C” entry in our Ingredients A to Z series, we wanted to share a statistic on out previous “B” post on biotin.  We ran the numbers searched for “biotin” in our food database and found that biotin was an ingredient in 79% of all dog foods!  That is one popular ingredient. &nbs... »

swiss chard

Ingredients A to Z: Biotin in Dog Food

What is biotin? Biotin is water soluble B vitamin that is essential for protein and fatty acid metabolism. Water soluble means that the body will not store excess amounts which are eliminated during urination. Common names for biotin Some common names for Biotin include vitamin B-7, vitamin H, and v... »

orange vitamin c

Dear Labby – Why is ascorbic acid in my dog food?

Dear Labby, My dog food label is so confusing and contains many ingredients that I don’t recognize.  Today, I noticed that there is something called Ascorbic Acid in my dog’s food.  Acid?  Should I be concerned?  I don’t want to be feeding my dog acid! Signed, I am not a chemist Dear Chemist,  ... »