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Food Nutrition
Posted February 23, 2018

 Look at the label on any packaged food in your pantry. How many of the ingredients do you recognize? We don't always know what goes into the food we eat. If that's true for us, you can imagine it's much worse when it comes to our pets. Do you know what all the ingredients in your dog's food are? Do you know what to stay away from?

Let's start with what to stay away from. Some dog foods do not use the freshest or best ingredients. If a dog food lists meat byproducts as on of the first ingredients, stay far away from that food! The name "meat byproducts" is very misleading, as it actually contains very little meat. These are discarded leftovers that no one else uses as ingredients (like feet, lungs, brains, intestines...). In fact, most meat byproducts are unfit for human consumption. So why would you feed your dog something you wouldn't eat?

What about the other ingredients that you might not know? Some of those are beneficial for your dog. For instance, look at Nutro dog foods. Nutro prides itself on using the best and freshest ingredients in its dog foods. They actually select their ingredients from farmers and ranchers that they know and trust.

Although all the ingredients are fresh and natural, there are still some mysterious ingredients you may see. Let's make them a little less mysterious! Nutro foods actually have an entire list of what their ingredients are, and how they benefit your dog. Here are some common ingredients and what they do:

Ascorbic Acid: This ingredient is often found in human food too. It's a source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and generally good for you (and your dog).

Corn Gluten Meal:  This is an excellent source of protein that is highly digestible. Corn gluten meal is also a source of sulfur amino acids, which are important for skin & coat health. It is also a good source of antioxidants.

Folic Acid:  This is another ingredient that is great for humans as well. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is often recommended for pregnant women because it helps in the development of healthy new cells. In dogs, it is involved in the development of tissues of the nervous system.

So, check the ingredients of your dog's food. Is he getting the best nutrition?