Originally Posted by Dancer in the kitchen
And as with any list of ingredients, it lists by amount in product. I'm trying to stay with the ones that feature chicken, meat or fish as one of the first 3 & staying away from by products & grains (esp. corn gluten).
So thanks for all the info everyone!
Can I break this down?
On your first statement; Iams and Eukanuba are good at trickery and a lot of their formulas will list chicken as the first ingredient, BUT
you want it to say chicken "meal". When a dog food says meal it is talking about the processed chicken, (lamb, fish, etc.), that can actually be considered protein and also its basic form right before being added to the rest of the ingredients. When it simply lists "chicken", that is the wet weight of watever chicken parts they are using in its raw form, so by the time it is turned into a useable protein and added to the rest of the ingredients, it drops it down the list to about 4-5. Seeing "meal" behind an ingredient that you want
is a good thing.
On your second statement; Staying away from corn is a good thing, as is wheat, and I know we talked about some of the holistic/natural foods that import their ingredients being made with contaminated rice protein, but any kibbled dog food needs some kind of grain in it as a binding agent. You can't get away from it, so don't beat yourself up trying to find a dog food that doesn't have any grains in it at all.
Hope this helps