January 12, 2017

Ingredients to Look For (And Avoid!) in Dog Food & Treats

Hi, pals! Today I want to list some ingredients that your peeps should look for (and some you should avoid!) when they buy you food and treats. Just because us doggies will eat pretty much anything doesn't mean everything we eat is healthy for us.

Look for...


Meat should be the very first ingredient in your food and sometimes your treats, my canine friends. It gives us protein to keep us going throughout the day so we don't get tired on our walkies and our other adventures. Whether it's chicken, beef, turkey, or another safe meat for dogs, make sure it's the first ingredient in your food!

Meat meal!

Chicken meal, beef meal, or another meat meal is a great ingredient for your food! When the meat is cooked and your kibble is processed, a lot of the nutrients, proteins, and moisture in the meat used in your food are taken out, so meat meal can justify this. Without meat meal, you wouldn't be getting enough protein! Meat meal consists of healthy meat, bones, skin, and connective tissue that's quite good for you!

Some fruits, veggies, and grains, but not too much!

Pretty much any dog food you buy will have "tomato pomace" or maybe some sort of grain in them, and as long as there aren't too many components like that, you'll be fine. Also, make sure any such ingredients are low on the ingredient list! Carrots, peas, and some legumes are dog safe veggies that are common in dog food.

Food that won't expire for a while!

Make sure that the food your peeps get you is not expired or will expire within the next few months.

Look out for...


Although my mom doesn't want me eating any of the bad things that are in some dog foods, by-products are what really turns her off. By-products are the leftover parts of the animal whose meat is in your food. The parts of an animal by-products include are lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, blood, bone, fatty tissue and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. Yuck! That sounds disgusting! If a peep wouldn't eat it, neither should their beloved pup.

Artificial colors or flavors

These contain all sorts of chemicals dogs shouldn't have to consume.

Animal fat

This could mean fat from any organ of an animal's body. That sounds gross, huh?

"Meat" or "Meat Meal"

Maybe you're confused...I just said those things are good for your dog! Well, they are, if they say "chicken meal" or maybe "turkey". But if the actual word "meat" is used, or the phrase "meat meal" is used, steer clear of it! That could mean the meat used isn't good quality.

Whether you're looking for new food and treats for your peeps to get you, or if you're concerned whether or not the food and treats you're eating right now are good for you, I hope this post has helped! One type of kibble I'd recommend is Zuke's Ascent Grain-Free foods and the treats I'd recommend are Zuke's mini links and training treats. They're both nutritious and delicious.

What do your peeps feed you in terms of food and treats?


  1. Good info Christmas. We read our packages
    Lily & Edward

  2. Chris your shiny coat and bright eyes tell us you are eating the best!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  3. EXCELLENT tutorial, Christmas. We ARE what we EAT. WE have MOM read Labels and stuffs... to make sure that we are getting good Eats that are GOOD fur US..

  4. Great advice Chris!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  5. Great post with good info!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. We eat grain-free foods, with meat as the first ingredient.

  7. you are a food-eggs-pert christmas, thanks for your tips. the mama has always a list in her bag to avoid things in food what are not good.... to pick a bag with food needs 30 minutes now LOL


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