Friday, August 16, 2013

Top 12 Worst Dog Food Brands

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Many pet food companies use the cheapest ingredients they can find. Whether it comes from dead diseased animals, road kill, or euthanized pets from shelters. These ingredients are not suitable for human consumption. Do you really want to feed your dog this? Learn to read ingredients. Or go with a canned dog food with less fillers and more nutrition. Feeding these foods will shorten the life of your dog, cause many horrible diseases, seizures, joint issues, and will be sick more often.

Below is a listing of some of the popular or inexpensive brands that contain harmful, unnecessary and outright dangerous ingredients which are highlighted in red. Not all bad ingredients are in red. (Read at bottom of this page for more)  This is not a complete list; unfortunately there are many more brands on the market. Each manufacturer’s website offers a complete ingredient listing and nutritional value analysis of their products.  If a specific brand of food is not listed here it does not mean it is bad or good, just check the brand’s website and read the ingredients.

Feeding your pet the same food everyday of its life, will cause many issues. (Liver and kidney failure, diabetes, arthritis and many other illnesses.) These pet foods are lacking certain nutrients. Also many of the ingredients are sourced from China. DO NOT FEED YOUR PET PRODUCTS FROM CHINA! (Includes treats, chew bones, etc.) Buy grain-free to help eliminate allergic reactions. Remember, the top 5 ingredients are the very most important. If they are not good, then you shouldn't feed your pet that.

Dry Foods offer no nutritional value. Canned is better due to more moisture content as it still holds some nutrients.
The best diet you can feed your dog is a Raw diet. Veterinarians were not taught about good nutrition in college. So do your homework. Find a good holistic vet or animal nutritionist that is educated in nutrition. Whatever you do, remember, this is your furry family member. It is your responsibility as a pet parent to give the best foods you can provide to extend his/her quality of life. Which means less visits to the vet.

DOGS ARE CARNIVORES: following the long ancestral history as canids.  Pet Food Companies have people believing otherwise since humans eat veggies and fruits so beware.

These foods below have corn as the main ingredient.  Use these examples as a comparative guide to what you should not be feeding your dog.

Most of the foods listed below have killed dogs and still are to date!


BENEFUL BY PURINA (This food is killing dogs.)

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INGREDIENTS:

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, propylene glycol, meat and bone meal, tricalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, salt, water, animal digest, sorbic acid (a preservative), potassium chloride, dried carrots, dried peas, calcium propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, *menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.


ALPO BY PURINA

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INGREDIENTS:

ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of vitamin E), corn gluten meal, animal digest, salt, L-lysine monohydrochloride, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2 and Yellow 6), choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin and sodium selenite.


OL ROY From WALMART (Killing dogs)

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INGREDIENTS:

Ground yellow corn, soybean meal, ground whole wheat, corn syrup, poultry fat, Meat and bone meal, Animal Fat Preserved with BHA and Citric Acid, Chicken by-product meal, Rice, Animal Digest, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin D and E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulafate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate,*menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

READ THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT OL ROY HERE


PURINA KIBBLE N BITS

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INGREDIENTS:

Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour, animal fat – bha used as preservative, corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), calcium sulfate, titanium dioxide, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), dl methionine.



PURINA DOG CHOW

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Ingredients:

Whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat, animal digest, calcium carbonate, salt, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6), DL-Methionine, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.


PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food (killing dogs)

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Ingredients:

Ground Whole Corn, Meat and Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), Wheat Mill Run, Ground Wheat, Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Vegetable Oil (Source of Linoleic Acid), Rice, Wheat Gluten, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Added FD&C and Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5).


HILL'S SCIENCE DIET Small & Toy Breed Adult Dog Food

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INGREDIENTS:

Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Wheat, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Soybean Meal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Grape Pomace, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Citrus Pulp, Iodized Salt, Oat Fiber, Choline Chloride, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols added to retain freshness, Citric Acid added to retain freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.



KAL KAN Complete Adult Dog Food

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Ingredients:

Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, ground wheat, chicken by-product meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid, source of Omega-6 Fatty Acids), wheat middlings, corn gluten meal, natural flavor, salt, dl-methionine, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, niacin, manganous oxide, Vitamin A supplement, biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin D3 supplement.


PURINA ONE Lamb & Rice Dry Dog Food (Pro Plan is almost the same ingredients)

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Ingredients:

Lamb [Natural Source of Glucosamine], Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Poultry By-Product Meal [Natural Source of Glucosamine], Oat Meal, Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols [Form of Vitamin E], Lamb Meal, Animal Digest, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Caramel Color, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate,E Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Garlic Oil, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex [Source of Vitamin K Activity], Sodium Selenite.


Iams® Veterinary Formula™ Weight Loss/Mobility Plus Restricted-Calorie

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Ingredients;

Corn Grits, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Flax Meal, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.



GRAVY TRAIN Dog Food - Beef Flavor

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Ingredients:

Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, animal fat, animal digest, salt, cellulose gum, caramel color, potassium chloride, bone phosphate, choline chloride, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), dried beef stock, red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, blue 2, BHA (preservative), tocopherols (preservative), citric acid (preservative).


EUKANUBA Adult Maintenence

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Ingredients:

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.


While this is not considered a dry or wet food, I would still like to add this into one of the worst foods on the market. It needs attention brought to it.

Purina Moist & Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor Dog Food

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Beef, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Grits, Soybean Flour, Water, Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Brewers Condensed Solubles, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Sorbic Acid (added to prevent spoilage), Dried Cheese Powder (predominantly cheddar cheese), Calcium Propionate- (added to prevent spoilage), DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Added Color (Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5 and other color), Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin Supplements (E, B-12, A, D-3), Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite.


**You may see ads throughout this site suggesting a dog food that is on my top worst lists. These are ads and not in my control and I have nothing to do with them.


INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN COMMERCIAL PET FOODS

WHEAT FLOUR -Wheat is the leading cause of dog allergies. Absolutely useless with no nutritional value. This is the fine particles of wheat bran, wheat germ, and the offal from the “tail of the mill.” “Tail of the mill” means the floor sweepings of leftovers in the mill after everything has been processed from the wheat.

GROUND YELLOW CORN and CORN GLUTEN MEAL-Full of GMO's and a major reason for allergies in pets as well as causing serious health issues. This is used for a filler and is a useless ingredient in pet foods and is difficult for pets to digest.

FOOD FRAGMENTS – (filler/fiber source/carbohydrate source): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS
Low cost by-products and leftovers from another food manufacturing process. Examples include WHEAT MIDDLINGS AND SHORTS, (floor sweepings), WHEAT GERM MEAL, WHEAT BRAN and BREWER’S RICE (a waste product of the alcohol industry).
Also avoid fragments which are labeled POTATO PRODUCT, MIDDLINGS/MIDS or MILL RUN of any kind.

Unspecified grain sources like :CEREAL FOOD FINES, CORN BRAN, OAT HULLS, RICE HULLS, PEANUT HULLS, DISTILLERS GRAIN FERMENTATION SOLUBLES, and last but not least CELLULOSE (which is wood which is dried and ground up)
*NOTE: These ingredients listed above are all ALLOWED AS ACCEPTABLE INGREDIENTS IN THE AAFCO GUIDELINES!

SOYBEAN MEAL-Soybean meal also known as Soyabean Oil Cake is a solid residue bi-product, flour, created after grinding the soybean to extract soybean oil. It is widely used as a filler and source of protein in animal diets, including pig, chicken, cattle, horse, sheep, and fish feed. Fillers are only used for adding cheap priced ingredients into foods. Also soybean is full of GMO's. All soybean products should be avoided for pet foods.

SOY FLOUR – (filler/carbohydrate): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENT
A cheap allergy-causing ingredient used as filler. This is the leftover “dust” after the healthy cleaned and de-hulled soybeans are processed; sometimes even sweepings from the factory floor.


BEEF AND BONE MEAL – (protein source): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS
A byproduct made from beef parts which are not suitable for human consumption. It can incorporate the entire cow, including the bones, but the quality cuts of meat are always removed. This is an inexpensive, low quality ingredient used to boost the protein percentage.

MEAT BY-PRODUCT – (protein source): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS.
Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts either not desired, or condemned, for human consumption. This can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feet, and feathers. – This can also include the dreaded 4 D’s – (Dead, dying, diseased or dying prior to slaughter).  The animal parts used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. road kill, animals euthanized at shelters and more. It can also include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue.

BREWER’S RICE – (carbohydrate source): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENT
A cheap substitute for whole grain rice.

BEEF AND BONE MEAL – (protein source): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS
A byproduct made from beef parts which are not suitable for human consumption. It can incorporate the entire cow, including the bones, but the quality cuts of meat are always removed. This is an inexpensive, low quality ingredient used to boost the protein percentage.

BEEF TALLOW – (fat source): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS.
Beef tallow is added to make lower quality dog foods palatable, instead of using quality fat sources such as nutritionally-rich chicken fat, or human grade vegetable oil.

ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS -Dead, diseased, Euthanized from shelters or road kill animals. You can never know the source of the meat used to make generic by-product meals. This ingredient should be avoided.

ANIMAL DIGEST – (flavoring agent): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS
Unspecified parts of unspecified animals which are cooked to a goopy broth (rendered) and used as a spray-on or added directly to the food.  The grease that rises to the top is used as a source of fat and the rest of the mash is dried and used as “meat meal”.  No quality control is used and this can include “4-D animals” (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. road-kill, animals euthanized at shelters, restaurant and supermarket refuse, etc.

ABOUT THE RENDERING PROCESS: All these undesirable ingredients & by products are “denatured” before rendering. Denaturing is spraying crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant or citronella on these dregs. ( *NOTE: THESE DENATURING PRODUCTS ARE TOXIC.)

PROPYLENE GLYCOL -(additive)
Used in antifreeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent. May be toxic if consumed in large amounts, and should definitely not be an ingredient in a food an animal will eat daily for weeks, months or even years of its life. This is not allowed for use in Europe as the findings have shown it to be dangerous.

BHA (Butylated Hydroxysanisole), BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), and ETHOXYQUIN (Preservatives)
Banned from human use in many countries but still permitted in the US. Possible human carcinogen, apparently carcinogenic in animal experiments.
Ethoxyquin has also been used as a pesticide for fruit. It has never been proven to be safe for the lifespan of a companion animal.
It has been linked to thyroid, kidney, reproductive and immune related illnesses as well as cancer.

HYDROCHLORIC ACID
Used in Kibbles n Bits dog food – I really can’t find out why they use it but it is a caustic chemical agent used in the production of chlorides, fertilizers, and dyes. Hydrochloric acid can cause immediate pain and burns of the mouth, throat, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract. Simple common sense would indicate not to use this as a pet food ingredient!

*NOTE: MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE: BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENT
This synthetic version of vitamin K has not been specifically approved for long term use, such as in pet food. It has been linked to many serious health issues. Please note, it sounds like one of the healthy vitamins, but beware.

    The MSDS guide states :

    “Potential Chronic Health Effects:

    CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: 3 (Not classifiable for humans) by IARC.
    MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.
    The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, and mucous membranes.
    Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.”

Phosphoric Acid
A clear colorless liquid, H3PO4, used in fertilizers, detergents, food flavoring, and pharmaceuticals.
A harmless but unnecessary ingredient, used in inexpensive, poor quality dog food as flavoring, emulsifier and discoloration inhibitor. Used for example as a flavoring for Coca Cola.

Beet Pulp -Pure sugar filler -- leads to weight gain, hyperactivity and feeds arthritis.

Beets -Implies whole beet is more nutritious than beet pulp alone but still contains sugar which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, hyperactivity.

Sodium Carbonate - Neutralizer for rancid fats, similar to lye.

Dried Cellulose- Very harsh on digestive tract, suspected to include cardboard or peanut hulls.

Sodium Nitrite (for color retention) -Potentially highly carcinogenic.

Sodium Phosphate -Non-digestible source of phosphorous (vital to maintaining acid/alkalinity pH).

Sodium Tripolyphosphate -Used as rancid meat preservative.

Salt/Sodium Chloride
An Ingredient that does not belong in pet foods. Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension -- used to encourage pets to drink.

Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate-Is a rust stain remover used in cleaning products (TSP)!!!! Why is it in food? Emulsification of rendered animal fats! Very toxic, causes nausea and diarrhea.

Smoke flavor-Indicates flavor which can potentially become carcinogenic, retards bacteria on rancid meat.

Manganous Oxide Calcium Iodate -Often used in bleaching tallow.

Iron Oxide -Can be cultivated from rust!

L-alanine-Non-essential amino acid used as supplement in heavy grain-based foods but causes cancer in lab mice.

Liver -Non-descriptive source can include any mammal tissue, too much liver can become toxic to the body when used in dry foods, used as flavor, minimal source of iron.

L-lysine monohydrochloride -Poor source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), cheaper to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods.

Lysine -Indicates heavy soy-based food which dogs can die from unless they have lysine to help digest it, best to avoid this diet unless soy is missing.

Modified Starch -Cheap source of carbohydrates, filler, causes digestive upset.

Modified Food Starch -Non-descript source can be from any grain, causes allergies, weight gain and poor digestion, filler.

Sorbic Acid (a preservative) -A mold and yeast inhibitor.

Powdered Cellulose -Cheap filler/source of fiber, suspected to include cardboard, causes irritable bowel problems.

Propionic Acid (a preservative) -Potentially harmful mold inhibitor.

Glycerin or Glycerine -Sweetens food, used as humectant (keeps food moist), interferes with nutrient assimilation.

Glycine -Non-essential amino acid used as antacid, indicates very poor quality food.

Phosphoric Acid -A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats -- implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous.

Calcium Chloride-Used as a source of calcium but can cause digestive upset, heart issues.

Calcium Propionate (a preservative) -Chemical. Potentially carcinogenic, antifungal.

Calcium Sulfate -Plaster of Paris! Firming agent.

Vegetable Oil-Non-descriptive source of fat, contains unsaturated fat which is hard on the body, causes premature aging.

Brewers Dried Yeast -Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver and causes allergies and arthritis.

Yeast Culture -Flavoring, source of protein, potentially toxic to the liver.

Magnesium Oxide -Has caused tumors in lab rats, antacid.

Egg Product -Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell.

Synthetic vitamin E, also listed as Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate
Only about half as effective as natural vitamin E and not as readily available to the body.

Dicalcium Phosphate-Can become toxic to body -- texturizer in can food.

Dried Whey-Can encourage allergies, cheap protein source from cow's milk.

Dicalcium Phosphate-Can become toxic to body -- texturizer in can food.

Garlic/Garlic Oil-Deadly to pets if given on a daily basis. Can cause organ failure.

Salmon/Salmon Oil/Herring -A source of protein and fatty acids which can add mercury to the diet.
)Do not need to give on a daily basis due to toxicity of mercury in fish)

COLORING (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Titanium Dioxide): BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENT
Any coloring is completely unnecessary and should be avoided. Your dog doesn’t care about the pretty colored shapes, and artificial dyes and coloring agents are known cancer-causing agents, and also cause allergies.  Used in “junk dog food”.

Titanium Dioxide -Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment and dough conditioner.

Blue 2 (artificial color)
The color additive FD&C Blue No. 2 is principally the disodium salt of 2-(1,3-dihydro-3-oxo-5-sulfo-2H-indol-2-ylidene)- 2,3-dihydro-3-oxo-1H-indole-5-sulfonic acid with smaller amounts of the disodium salt of 2-(1,3-dihydro-3-oxo-7-sulfo-2H-indol-2-ylidene)-2,3-dihydro-3-oxo-1H-indole-5-sulfonic acid and the sodium salt of 2-(1,3-dihydro-3-oxo-2H-indol-2-ylidene)-2,3-dihydro-3-oxo-1H-indole-5-sulfonic acid. Additionally, FD&C Blue No. 2 is obtained by heating indigo (or indigo paste) in the presence of sulfuric acid. The color additive is isolated and subjected to purification procedures. The indigo (or indigo paste) used above is manufactured by the fusion of N-phenylglycine (prepared from aniline and formaldehyde) in a molten mixture of sodamide and sodium and potassium hydroxides under ammonia pressure. The indigo is isolated and subjected to purification procedures prior to sulfonation.
The largest study suggested, but did not prove, that this dye caused brain tumors in male mice. The FDA concluded that there is "reasonable certainty of no harm", but personally I'd rather avoid this ingredient and err on the side of caution.

Red 40 (artificial color)
The color additive FD&C Red No. 40 is principally the disodium salt of 6-hydroxy-5-[(2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid.
The most widely used food dye. While this is one of the most-tested food dyes, the key mouse tests were flawed and inconclusive. An FDA review committee acknowledged problems, but said evidence of harm was not "consistent" or "substantial." Like other dyes, Red 40 is used mainly in junk foods. Personally I'd rather avoid this ingredient and err on the side of caution.

Yellow 5 (artificial color)
The color additive FD&C Yellow No. 5 is principally the trisodium salt of 4,5-dihydro-5-oxo-1-(4-sulfophenyl)-4- [4-sulfophenyl-azo]-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxylic acid (CAS Reg. No. 1934-21- 0). To manufacture the additive, 4-amino-benzenesulfonic acid is diazotized using hydrochloric acid and sodium nitrite. The diazo compound is coupled with 4,5-dihydro-5-oxo-1-(4-sulfophenyl)-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxylic acid or with the methyl ester, the ethyl ester, or a salt of this carboxylic acid. The resulting dye is purified and isolated as the sodium salt.
The second most widely used coloring can cause mild allergic reactions, primarily in aspirin-sensitive persons.

Yellow 6 (artificial color)
The color additive FD&C Yellow No. 6 is principally the disodium salt of 6-hydroxy-5-[(4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid (CAS Reg. No. 2783-94-0). The trisodium salt of 3-hydroxy-4-[(4- sulfophenyl)azo]-2,7-naphthalenedisulfonic acid may be added in small amounts. The color additive is manufactured by diazotizing 4-aminobenzenesulfonic acid using hydrochloric acid and sodium nitrite or sulfuric acid and sodium nitrite. The diazo compound is coupled with 6-hydroxy-2-naphthalene-sulfonic acid. The dye is isolated as the sodium salt and dried. The trisodium salt of 3-hydroxy-4-[(4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2,7-naphthalenedisulfonic acid which may be blended with the principal color is prepared in the same manner except the diazo benzenesulfonic acid is coupled with 3-hydroxy-2,7-naphthalenedisulfonic acid.

Industry-sponsored animal tests indicated that this dye, the third most widely used, causes tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney. In addition, small amounts of several carcinogens contaminate Yellow 6. However, the FDA reviewed those data and found reasons to conclude that Yellow 6 does not pose a significant cancer risk to humans. Yellow 6 may also cause occasional allergic reactions. Another ingredient I would rather avoid and err on the side of caution rather than risking my pet's health.




Sweeteners - BAD OR HARMFUL INGREDIENTS

Cane Molasses
AAFCO: A by-product of the manufacture of sucrose from sugar cane. It must contain not less than 43% total sugars expressed as invert.
Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough piece of work to make them eat something healthier.

Corn Syrup
A syrup prepared from cornstarch, used in industry and in numerous food products as a sweetener.
Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough piece of work to make them eat something healthier.

Fructose/ High Fructose Corn Syrup
A very sweet sugar, C6H12O6, occurring in many fruits and honey and used as a preservative for food and as an intravenous nutrient.
A monosaccharide found naturally in fresh fruit and honey. It is obtained by the inversion of sucrose by means of the enzyme invertase. Used in small quantities it serves as a nutrient for probiotics, specifically bifidobacteria, which ferment it and produce beneficial enzymes.

Sorbitol
A white, sweetish, crystalline alcohol, C6H8(OH)6, found in various berries and fruits or prepared synthetically and used as a flavoring agent, a sugar substitute for people with diabetes, and a moisturizer in cosmetics and other products.
Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough piece of work to make them eat something healthier.

Sugar
Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough piece of work to make them eat something healthier. Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate.
Sugar, cane molasses, caramel, corn syrup in any form, sorbitol, sucrose, fructose, glucose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin. Useless, unnecessary and adds empty calories. Bad ingredients used by companies to make food more palatable to the animal. Used to cover up rotten and rancid foods, and is known to cause hyperglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies.



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