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What's in YOUR Food?

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It’s easy to know what you feel like eating most of the time, but it’s a lot harder to know what your pet should be eating. We always want the best for our furry friends, often wanting better for them than we do for ourselves, but how do we accomplish that? Here are some ingredients found in many pet foods for which you should be looking out. If your darling’s current food includes any of these, you might want to think about switching:

Corn or Soy

Corn and soy are huge ingredients in many pet foods because they’re cheaper than the actual meat your dog needs. Since they still have many calories, they’re often used as fillers in the food, so the company doesn’t have to use as much real meat, cutting costs. However, dogs and cats are carnivorous and thus need far more protein than these fillers can provide. Carnivorous animals aren’t used to processing such foods either, so eating them too often can lead to health problems.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is a chemical that both dog food and antifreeze can have in common. The amount of propylene glycol found in many dog foods is much smaller than its concentration in anti-freeze, and in such small amounts it is not toxic to dogs, but if they consume a lot of it over a long period of time, it can still cause problems. This is a chemical that’s not even allowed in cat food, so it’s best to steer clear of it altogether.

Artificial Preservatives, Colors, and Flavors

Even humans can be concerned about artificial additives in their own foods, so why would you feed them to your cat or dog? Pet food companies often add these to make cheap ingredients look, taste, and smell better, but get pet food with the best ingredients in the first place, and you won’t have to worry about that. Preservatives like BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin can be particularly harmful, so look for foods with natural preservatives like rosemary or vitamin E instead.


Once again, some companies won’t fork over the cash needed for real, pure meat to be their main ingredient, so they’ll rely on by-products, which are basically animal parts that are everything but meat. These include livers, blood, bone, kidneys, spleens, etc. Carnivores can still consume these just fine, but it’s not the best your pet can get. Plus, some cheap pet foods get them from already diseased or dying animals to save more money, which can be harmful for your pet, and it’s hard to know which by-products are which.

Rendered Fat and Meat Meals: 

To render fat, one must convert animal tissue waste like expired meat from grocery stores, fatty tissues, restaurant grease, and more, into useable materials. This is done by grinding them up and cooking them for a long time until the fat and solids separate. The solids are used by some pet foods as cheap protein sources, but are only 50% protein; the other half is just fat, moisture and ash. Then the separated fat is added to make the cheap food smell better to your pet. Feeding this to your pet is feeding them everything that everyone else has rejected, and that’s not what you want for them.

Rachel at Pets Plus says, "We have so many options at our store, no one food is right for every pet. If you are looking for a great kibble, think of trying one of these great brands: 

  • Canidae Pure (two guys with a dream of making dogs and cats healthier)
  • Fromm (fifth generation family owned)
  • Lucy's Pet Foods (products with a purpose, helping to spay and neuter dogs and cats to help prevent over population)
  • Nutrisource (family owned and making kibble for 50 years)
  • Zignature (11 grain free varieties for rotation feeding). 

Want to branch out and try something different? With Sojos freeze dried foods, you add water to re-hydrate and serve. It looks like a stew! One step further? Frozen raw complete nutrition Tuckers (patties and bones) and Answers (nibblets, fermented fish stock and goat milk) are great solution based foods." Ask our staff today about what food would be best for your furry family member(s)!