Dog Food and Understanding it’s Ingredients

Dog Food

Understanding the ingredients of your dog’s food items is a must for dog lovers or dog owners.

Whenever you feed your dog with a different kind or brand of food, you should always ensure that you read the label and understand what it says about the ingredients that are being used in that specific commercial preparation.

In fact, you should know what ingredients are included in your dog’s food before buying it for your dog and be aware of what should be avoided.

Food items for your dog include dry and fresh food.  The fresh dog food that is lovingly prepared at home by dog owners will generally consist of ingredients like freshly cut chicken pieces and cooked vegetables, etc and are exceptionally good for your dog at the right levels.

If you feed your dog prepackaged dog foods, you may come across any number of different preservatives within the ingredients list. Any of these additives could cause a dog to suddenly develop signs of a food allergy.

Similarly, knowing about the moisture levels of food is also important because if the food item contains too much moisture your dog may dislike it.

Beet pulp, pasta, Soy bean oil, wheat middlings, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, copper sulphate, iron sulphate, zinc oxide, choline chloride, etc. are ingredients that are often found on the packaging of vegetarian based dog foods, whereas, raw egg, chicken, beef, mutton, fish, quail etc. are often the preferred ingredients in dog foods that are prepared for dogs on a non-vegetarian items.

Taurine is one ingredient that is essential for a dog’s nutrition.  Likewise, where dogs are fed frozen fish items, the vitamin called thiamine needs to be added as an ingredient.


Many of the premium brands of dog food contain essential fatty acids, carbohydrates containing adequate levels of fiber, vitamins like A, D, E and B complex vitamins, making them a good choice for your dog’s nutrition.

Furthermore, minerals like zinc, which is an essential ingredient for good skin health, and calcium, which is an essential ingredient for bone growth, and well toned muscle, should be two ingredients that you should be wanting to be in your chosen dog food.

As always, providing your dog with the most nutritional and healthy dog food isn’t going to be the cheapest option…. but you cannot put a price on the health of your much loved canine!