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    Hi everyone, this article came up,on my Facebook page, and I wanted to share it with everyone. We have a great forum on Dog Food Ratings, listing the best and nutritious dog food brands, and listing the ingredients of these foods. This article names all the worst dog food brands, and lists the ingredients of these foods as well.






    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. If you won't eat it, why should your dog! Many pet foods contain 4-D ingredients. 4-D chicken is meat and by-products that have been derived from chickens that were rejected by food inspectors who classified the chickens as not fit for human consumption because they were “Dead, Dying, Disabled or Diseased” at the time of inspection. Any chemicals that existed within that animal, would still be in it when dead. Meat by-products are nothing more than slaughterhouse waste; waste that’s been banned for use in human food and then sold to the pet food industry. It’s what’s left over after the slaughter and classified as inedible waste, unfit for human consumption.



    4-D's: Road kill, slaughter house rejects, animals that die on their way to meat packing plants - all are acceptable ingredients for pet food under the "4D" rule. Steroids, growth hormones and chemicals used to treat cattle including insecticide patches end up mixed into the final product. Meat from grocery stores past its due date is also added to the mix, as are the Styrofoam trays and plastic wrap they were packed in.



    With dry foods, the ingredients are cooked twice. First during rendering and again in the extruder. Problems are much more common than with canned or homemade foods. Altered proteins may contribute to food intolerance's, food allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.




    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 and moisture content. Feeding these foods listed will shorten the life of your dog, cause many horrible diseases, seizures, joint issues, and will be sick much more often and you will be spending hard earned dollars on trying to save your pet.


    **In wet foods though, the water-soluble B-vitamin thiamine can be almost completely lost due to its reactivity with heat, moisture, sulfites, elevated pH and the thiaminase enzymes found in fish and organ meats.


    Below is a listing of some of the popular or inexpensive worst dog food brands that contain harmful, unnecessary and outright dangerous ingredients which are highlighted in red. Not all bad ingredients are highlighted 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 should offer 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 these ingredients are sourced from China. DO NOT FEED YOUR PET PRODUCTS FROM CHINA! (Includes most (99%) treats, chew bones, etc.) Buy grain-free to help eliminate allergic reactions. Remember, the top 5 ingredients are the most important. If they are not good, then you shouldn't feed your pet that food. Also you should change your pets food every 3 months to avoid any allergies or food intolerance



    Dry Foods offer no nutritional value. Canned is better due to more moisture content as it still holds some nutrients.
    Although 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. Canines do not have grinding molars therefore cannot grind grains. They are made for ripping and tearing of flesh.



    These worst dog food brands below have corn as the main ingredient. Use these examples as a comparative guide to what you should not be feeding your dog.
    I hope you have gained some knowledge into the pet food industry here on this site and will look further into changing your pets diet ASAP! When changing from a commercial pet food to a raw or homemade diet, you first need to detox your pet and then add in quality supplements and herbs to build the immune system. It is imperative that you do this or you may continue to deal with allergies and other illnesses from the built up toxins in your pet. Please do your research or speak with a holistic vet before changing anything especially with a pet with a chronic disease.






    Vitamin A supplement (preserved with BHT, includes processing aids of gelatin, sucrose, modified starch, and uses sodium aluminum as in anti-caking agent).
    Vitamin C should not be mixed with iron or copper supplements. Most added Vit C comes from China.
    Vitamin E Supplements are preserved with BHT.
    Niacin (B3-Made in China)
    Vitamin B12 Supplement (Made in China)
    Vitamin D3 Supplement (preserved with BHT, includes processing aids of gelatin, sucrose, modified starch, and uses sodium aluminum as an anti-caking agent)
    Riboflavin Supplement (B2, Made in China)






    Carnivores and Protein


    More Video's on nutrition From Dr Karen Becker
    BENEFUL BY PURINA (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)


    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.


    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/beneful.html



    ALPO BY PURINA


    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.
    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/alpo.html



    OL ROY From WALMART (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)


    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


    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/ol_roy.html
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    KIBBLE N BITS


    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 (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)


    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.






    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/ralston.html




    PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)




    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).




    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/pedigree.html
    Muenster Natural Adult Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Chicken meal, ground corn, ground wheat, ground grain sorghum, wheat bran, ground brown rice, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and citric acid), corn gluten meal, flax seed, dried beet pulp, diatomaceous earth (an inert carrier and anti-caking agent), ground barley, rice bran, natural chicken flavor, fish oil, yeast culture, dried kelp meal, potassium sulfate, salt, dried eggs, yucca shidigera extract, sage, zinc amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement (natural-source vitamin E), mixed tocopherols, citric acid, rosemary extract, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B-12 supplement, folic acid, ethylene diamine dihydriodide, and cobalt carbonate.



    HILL'S SCIENCE DIET Small & Toy Breed Adult Dog Food (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)


    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.


    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/hills.html
    *new* Hill's Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat - Glucose Management- Gastrointestinal Dry Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Meal, Caramel (color), Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Flaxseed, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, 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), Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Iodized Salt, L-Tryptophan, L-Carnitine, L-Threonine, Mixed Tocopherols added to retain freshness, Citric Acid added to retain freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.





    KAL KAN Complete Adult Dog Food


    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 (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)




    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.


    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/ralston.html
    Purina Pro Plan Savor Dry Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Chicken, brewers rice, whole grain wheat, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), whole grain corn, soy flakes, soybean meal, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal digest, glycerin, dried egg product, wheat bran, salt, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, sulfur, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), niacin, copper proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, 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.
    Purina Pro Plan® Adult Beef and Rice Formula (Reports of dogs dying from eating this food)


    Ingredients:


    Beef, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), chicken meal, whole grain corn, dried beet pulp***, fish meal, dried egg product, animal digest, calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulphate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), ferrous sulphate, manganese sulphate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulphate, 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.
    Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Dental Dry Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, corn, brown rice, chicken fat, natural flavors, wheat gluten, dried beet pulp, rice hulls, brewers dried yeast, dried egg product, fish oil, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, vegetable oil, sodium silico aluminate, L-tyrosine, fructooligosaccharides, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, L-lysine, choline chloride, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], green tea extract, trace minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.


    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/royal_canin.html





    *New* ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet® canine URINARY SO® MODERATE CALORIE


    Ingredients:


    Brewers rice, corn, brown rice, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, powdered cellulose, natural flavors, chicory, dried egg product, salt, wheat gluten, potassium chloride, vegetable oil, fish oil, calcium sulfate, DL-methionine, monosodium phosphate, fructooligosaccharides, taurine, L-lysine, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals [zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite] , L-carnitine, rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.



    PMI Nutrition® Gravy Crunches Formula


    Ingredients:


    Ground Yellow Corn, Meat and Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat
    (Preserved with BHA and Citric Acid), Animal Digest, Salt, Corn Starch, Cellulose
    Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Guar Gum, Caramel Color, Lecithin, Mixed
    Tocopherols (a Natural Preservative), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Dried
    Beef Stock (Source of Beef Flavor), Artificial Color (Red #40, Yellow #5,
    Yellow #6, Blue #2), Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1) Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate.



    PMI Nutrition® Bites n' Bones Formula


    Ingredients:


    Ground yellow corn, ground wheat, chicken by-product meal, meat and bone meal, wheat mill run, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, natural poultry flavor, salt, sunflower oil, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, calcium carbonate, artificial color (yellow #5, red #40, blue #2), ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, L-lysine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, biotin, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid.



    *New* Evolution Vegan Dog Kibble (NO MEAT INCLUDED)





    Ingredients:


    Non GMO Whole grain oat, non gmo oat, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Molasses, Dicalcuim Phosphate, Carrots, Dried Tomato Pomace, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Dried Potato, Choline Chloride, Yeast Extract, Taurine, L-Lysine, Garlic, Yeast Culture, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Magnesium Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Mineral Oil, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate), Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Pyrrolidone Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate [Vitamin K], Biotin, Vitamin B12), Kelp Meal, Inositol, L-Carnitine, Vitamin C, L-Tryptophan, Rosemary Extract, Yucca Schindigera Extract.



    Kasco Chunks Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Poultry by-product meal, ground yellow corn, ground wheat, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), beet pulp, corn cellulose, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, extract of rosemary, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, biotin, sodium selenite, folic acid.



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


    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.
    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/iams.html



    GRAVY TRAIN Dog Food - Beef Flavor


    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


    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.



    Country Vet Premium Maintenance


    Ingredients:


    Poultry By-Product Meal, Barley, Brown Rice, Poultry Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Beet Pulp, Flax Seeds, Poultry Liver Flavors, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Bentonite, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacinamide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione, Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Ethylenediaminne Dihydroiodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Mineral Oil, Calcium Proprionate, Lecithin.



    Purina Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Canine Formula Dry


    Ingredients:


    Ground yellow corn, brewers rice, egg product, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), sugar, dried whey, sodium caseinate, calcium carbonate, vegetable oil, animal digest, potassium citrate, potassium chloride, fish oil, choline chloride, salt, ferrous sulfate, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), zinc oxide, riboflavin supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.



    *new* Purina Canine DCO


    Ingredients:


    Whole grain corn, dried beet pulp,* poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, barley, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols [Vitamin E], pea fiber, dicalcium phosphate, dried whey, potassium chloride, fish oil, animal digest, salt, calcium carbonate, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.



    *New* Abady Basic Maintenance Formula Dry Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Chicken By-Product Meal, White Rice, Menhaden Fish Meal (Select Grade), Lard (Source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids ), Sunflower Oil
    ( Non- Genetically Engineered Variety), Beef Fat , beef Meat & Bone meal, Chicken Meal (Highest Quality), Whole Dried Eggs, Beef Fat, Beef Liver (Human Grade), Flaxseed Oil (Organic) plus Minerals and Vitamins.



    Ranchers Choice Wholesome Blend





    Ingredients:


    Ground yellow corn, distillers dried grain with solubles, porcine meal, wheat middlings, poultry fat (preserved with BHA), poultry liver flavors, salt, potassium chloride, brewers yeast, vitamins and minerals.



    Diamond® Premium Adult Formula for Dogs


    Ingredients:


    Chicken by-product meal, whole grain ground corn, wheat flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), brewers rice, dried plain beet pulp, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/..._dog_food.html



    Hi Point Mini Chunk by SHAWNEE MILLING COMPANY


    INGREDIENTS:


    Wheat Middlings, Corn Gluten Feed, Corn Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles, Ground Yellow Corn, Hominy, Wheat Flour, Pork Meat and Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin), Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Propionic Acid, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Panothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Biotin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, and Folic Acid.



    Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Adult Dry Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Chicken By-Products (organs only, source of arginine), Corn Meal, Chicken, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flaxseed, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Sodium Propionate and Mixed Tocopherols (preservatives), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Inositol, BHA (a preservative), Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract.



    *New* Iams Canine Intestinal Plus


    Ingredients:


    Corn Grits, Brewers Rice, Chicken By-Product Meal, Chicken, Fish Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Monosodium Phosphate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, 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), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Choline Chloride, Flax Meal, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Rosemary Extract.



    Hungry Hound by SHAWNEE MILLING COMPANY


    Ingredients:


    Wheat Middlings, Corn Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles, Hominy Feed, Ground Yellow Corn, Calcium Carbonate, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin), Animal digest, Salt, Propionic Acid, Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Panothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, and Vitamin B12 Supplement.



    WHERE IS THE MEAT IN THIS FOOD?


    Retriever® Ultimate Balance Dog Food


    Ingredients:


    Ground yellow corn (whole grain source), chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, beef and bone meal, poultry fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), beef, ground wheat, wheat middlings, soybean meal, sugar, natural chicken flavor, calcium carbonate, hydrogenated corn syrup, glycerin, potassium chloride, carrots, salt, peas, sorbic acid (a preservative), water, phosphoric acid, brewers rice, calcium propionate (a preservative), color added (yellow #6, red #40, yellow #5, blue #1), L-lysine, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate.
    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




    Ingredients:


    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.


    **This list is subject to change at any time!
    Ingredients 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(Maize) 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 not easily digestible.



    FOOD FRAGMENTS – (filler/fiber source/carbohydrate source): 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: 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 asolid 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): 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): 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. The unspecified meat might be chicken, or it might be road kill. Could be rendered horse meat. All this garbage can be added to pet food as 'crude protein.'



    MEAT BY-PRODUCT – (protein source): 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, road kill or any misc dead animal. It can also include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue.




    BREWER’S RICE-(carbohydrate source): A cheap substitute for whole grain rice.



    BEEF TALLOW – (fat source): 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): 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, road kill or any misc dead animal.



    ANIMAL FAT: There's no animal specified so it's anyone's guess where the fat came from. Can cause pancreatitis.



    ANIMAL PLASMA-(animal blood, blood meal, dried blood): This is slaughtered animal waste. Rarely labeled (chicken blood, cow blood, etc.) This mixture is used in fertilizer and the FDA approves it in animal feeds including dog and cat foods. Dried blood may be high in protein but many people consider it a cheap waste product and controversial at best.



    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.)



    BREWERS YEAST EXTRACT: Liquid left over from brewery process, condensed. Can become toxic to the liver.



    BREWERS YEAST: Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver and can cause allergies and arthritis.




    YEAST CULTURE: Flavoring, source of protein, potentially toxic to the liver.



    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.



    TBHQ (TERT-BUTYLHYDROQUINONE): This preservative prevents rancidity. It is sometimes used along with similar preservatives, including BHA, BHT, and propyl gallate, with which it has a synergistic effect. (TBHQ is chemically related to BHA and forms when BHA is metabolized by the body.) One benefit of TBHQ over those other preservatives is that it does not cause discoloration in the presence of iron. In a government study which used a better design than other similar studies, TBHQ increased the incidence of tumors in rats.




    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 – Its use is a caustic chemical agent that is 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:


    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. (Preserved with BHT, includes processing aids of gelatin, sucrose, modified starch, and uses sodium aluminum as an anti-caking agent)
    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.”








    a-Tocopherol Acetate- One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses.


    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.



    Benzoic Acid: Benzoic acid is used as a food preservative. It prevents the growth of mold, yeast, and some bacteria..
    Benzoic acid is also used in the manufacture of plasticisers, resin coatings and caprolactam. It is an antiseptic, antifungal, antipyretic agent, and can be used as an alkalimetric standard. Added to alcoholic beverages, baked goods, cheeses, gum, condiments, frozen dairy, relishes, soft sweets, cordials and sugar substitutes. Used in cosmetics, as an antiseptic in many cough medications and an antifungal in ointments; can cause asthma, especially in those dependant on steroid asthma medications. Is also reputed to cause neurological disorders and to react with sulphur bisulphite, shown to provoke hyperactivity in children and can cause asthma in those dependant on steroid asthma medications. Benzoic acid is an acid from benzoin and other resins and from coal tar, used as an antifungal agent in pharmaceutical preparations and as a germicide. The sodium salt of benzoic acid, sodium benzoate, is used as an antifungal agent in pharmaceutical preparations, and may be used as a test for liver function. It was at one time used as a food preservative although now replaced in cat foods because of its toxicity in cats. Other names: benzene carboxylic acid.



    Bone Phosphate: According to PetfoodIndustry.com, much of the bone meal sold to U.S. pet food manufacturers is imported, typically from China, Pakistan or Thailand. It may or may not exceed safe maximum limits for lead or other heavy metals. This is a question you'll want to ask the pet food company whose products you purchase.



    Broth: Has been identified as sources of hidden MSG known as excitotoxins.




    Calcium Carbonate: It is commonly used medicinally as a calcium supplement or as an antacid, but excessive (daily) consumption can be hazardous. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)



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



    Calcium Hydroxide: aka "slaked lime," which is considered toxic, according to the National Institutes of Health. Food additive.



    Calcium Iodate: (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants; due to strong oxidizing capacity, is incompatible with copper or phosphorus)




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




    Calcium Sulfate: Plaster of Paris! Firming agent. (Not to be given to animals with kidney and liver issues.)



    Canola Oil: Canola oil is not allowed in infant formula in the United States or Canada. Some studies in humans have associated intake of canola oil with cardiac fatty infiltration. ” In a Japanese study of rats fed a diet containing Canola Oil…“These results indicate that promotion of hypertension-related deterioration in organs is likely to have relevance to the short life span in the canola oil group.”




    Carrageenan: A hidden MSG and also known as an excitotoxin. In animal studies, carrageenan has been shown to cause ulcers, colon inflammation, and digestive cancers. While these results seem limited to degraded carrageenan – a class that has been treated with heat and chemicals – a University of Iowa study concluded that even undegraded carrageenan could become degraded in the human digestive system.




    Celery: Celery can bring on oedema (fluid build up in body), respiratory problems, and systemic anaphylaxis with vascular collapse in humans.




    Chlorine Dioxide: Which turns out it's an EPA registered Pesticide, a Bacteriostat, Fungistat, Germistat and All-purpose Deodorizer.



    Choline Chloride: Can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and vomiting.
    (Uses corn as a carrier)




    Citric Acid: Chemical preservative, can cause digestive upset, stomach irritation. Damages tooth enamel. Most citric acid is produced from corn, manufacturers do not always take out the protein which can be hydrolyzed and create MSG causing reactions in MSG-sensitive people.




    Cobalt Carbonate: Has carcinogen, mutagen and reproduction toxicant (CMR) properties.




    Copper Amino Acid Complex (source of chelated copper): Better source of copper improves use, needed for iron absorption, bone formation, protein metabolism, blood clotting.




    Copper Sulphate: Used in foods and fertilizers. Signs reported in cats and dogs after ingestion of copper pennies include diminished appetite, depression, vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain. Some breeds of dogs are particularly sensitive to copper poisoning due to a genetic defect. These include dalmatians, bedlington, west highland white, and skye terriers, in which ingestion of copper results in weakness, anorexia and vomiting. Older dogs may develop liver damage and excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity.



    Disodium Inosinate: Disodium inosinate is a food additive. Like MSG (monosodium glutamate), which it often contains, disodium inosinate is often used as a flavor enhancer in packaged food products and in fast food such as hamburgers and tacos. It has several potential side effects.



    D-Activated Animal Sterol: Animal sterol is a substance found in fat and skin, and D-activated means the animal sterol was treated with UV radiation to form vitamin D. So basically scientists created a substance in the laboratory that duplicates the end product of what happens when people or animals go outside on a sunny day and their skin synthesizes vitamin D from exposure to sunlight; it's basically a lab made vitamin supplement.



    D-Calcium Panothenate/ D-pantothenic acid: Also known as vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 is commercially available as D-pantothenic acid, as well as dexpanthenol and calcium pantothenate, which are chemicals made in the lab from D-pantothenic acid. This is a Synthetic vitamin. (Made in China)





    delta-Tocopherol (synthetic): This delta-tocopherol is chemically synthesized and is used as an antioxidant and source of vitamin E in food. Typical products include synthetically vitamin enriched foods, processed meat products.



    Dicalcium Phosphate: This is a texturizer in food. It can be toxic to the body, and in some cases life-threatening when taken in excess. It is best to avoid this ingredient. (Uses corn as a carrier)



    Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate: 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.



    DL-Methionine: For use as an aid in acidifying the urine of dogs and cats. DL-Methionine is also an aid in controlling the odor from feline and canine urine residues. (Synthetic protein made in China)



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


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


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



    Erythorbic acid: Erythorbic acid, formerly known as isoascorbic acid and D-araboascorbic acid, is a stereoisomer of ascorbic acid. It is a vegetable-derived food additive produced from sucrose. It has no nutritional value. It is used most commonly in processed meats, where it retards nitrosamine formation and color fading. Most likely sourced from China.



    Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide: A form of salt/sodium.


    Ferrous Sulfate: Ingestion of iron containing products may result in serious toxicity. While lethal doses are not readily available in domestic species, as little as 400 mg (of elemental iron) is potentially fatal in a child. Initial symptoms of acute iron poisoning usually present as an acute onset of gastrointestinal irritation and distress (vomiting—possibly hemorrhagic, abdominal pain, diarrhea).




    Ferrous Sulfate Monohydrate: Known to cause cancer and cause toxicity in higher doses. Can cause GI upset.



    Fish Meal: A source of protein and fatty acids which can add mercury to the diet. The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. (Do not need to give on a daily basis due to toxicity of mercury in fish)



    Folic Acid: (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants and sourced from China)


    Garlic/Garlic Oil: Deadly to pets if given on a daily basis or in high doses. Can cause organ failure.


    Glucono-Delta-Lactone: A food additive made from glucose and loaded with GMO's.


    Glucose oxidase: Glucose oxidase is found in honey and acts as a natural preservative.


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


    Glyceryl Monostearate: An emulsifier (breaks down fats), lethal to lab rats, still under investigation by FDA.


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


    Guar Gum/Arabic Gum: cheap, non-nutritive filler in can foods.


    Hops - An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.


    Hydrochloric Acid: A highly corrosive ingredient used as to convert corn starch to syrup. It is the same ingredient used in leather processing, household cleaning, and building construction.


    Iodized Salt: Used to cover rancid meats and fats, get cats to drink more - causes kidney dysfunction, hypertension.
    (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)


    Iron Oxide: Can be cultivated from rust! Synthetic iron oxide may be safely used for the coloring of dog and cat foods in an amount not exceeding 0.25 percent by weight of the finished food. Color additive! Synthetic iron oxide for dog and cat food use shall conform to the following specifications:




    Arsenic (as As), not more than 5 parts per million.


    Lead (as Pb), not more than 20 parts per million.


    Mercury (as Hg), not more than 3 parts per million.


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


    L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C): Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-absorbing.



    Lecithin: Derived from soy beans and contains GMO's. Lecithin should not be administered in dogs that are on a certain diet (e.g. a low fat diet). Lecithin is known as a safe dietary supplement and no major side effects have been reported.
    However, there may be a few adverse reactions, especially if your dog receives lecithin in higher doses:
    Vomiting, Diarrhea, Bloating, Lack of appetite, Gas, Skin rashes, if the dog has intolerance to lecithin. Long-term consumption of soy lecithin produced rats that were inactive physically and mentally with poor reflexes. The study concluded that soy lecithin supplementation in early stages of life may lead to behavioral and cerebral abnormalities.



    Liver: Non-descriptive source can include any mammal tissue. Liver can become toxic to the body. This is one of the cheapest sources of flavoring; but does include some iron, however, it is hard to digest and can deplete your pet's Vitamin A levels, which will affect your pet's muscles and bones.


    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.


    Magnesium Stearate: Magnesium Stearate is not a supplemental source of magnesium but rather a form of stearic acid. Also can cause a biofilm to be created in your intestine, which will prevent the absorption of nutrients. Unfortunately, this chalk filler stimulates your gut to form a biofilm – a sort of sludge lining – that acts as an effective barrier to the absorption of not only that particular vitamin but all the nutrients you'd normally get from food sources as well.


    Magnesium Oxide: This is an antacid and has been known to cause tumors in lab rats.


    Malt Syrup: Most Malt Syrups added for sweetening flavor do elevate blood sugar/triglycerides response. Many rice syrups, rice honey, and other malt sugars have significant amounts of glucose, maltose, and corn syrup ADDED to heighten their sweetness index.




    Unfortunately, such formulation creates a blood serum response similar to sucrose and "robs" vital enzymes, minerals, and vitamins from the body for digestive assimilation. Only 100% Barley Malt Syrup has a minimal effect on internal healthy physiology, but its expense may be prohibitive for most.




    Maltodextrin: Sweet and tasteless powder it is used as binding agent for some pharmaceutical products, and many chewable supplements. Found In popular sodas and drinks, candy and most sport performance powders and beverages. May also contain MSG.
    Triggers health issues with people who suffer from Celiac diseases and allergies to corn, potatoes or wheat. Unexplained weight gain due to the large number of calorie content in maltodextrin causes unexpected weight gain. Causes reactions similar to wheat, corn or potato allergy like hives, itching, rashes, asthma or allergic rhinitis, bloating and flatulence.



    Manganese Amino Acid Chelate: People with chronic liver disease have trouble getting rid of manganese. Manganese can build up in these people and cause shaking, mental problems such as psychosis, and other side effects. If you have liver disease, be careful not to get too much manganese.



    Manganous Oxide Calcium Iodate: Often used in bleaching tallow.


    Manganese Proteinate: Contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system.


    Manganous Sulfate: Good source of manganese although exposure to it for a long time in high doses can lead to damage of the liver and nervous system.


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


    Modified Food Starch: A catch-all term describing starches (derived from corn, wheat, potato, or rice) that are modified to change their response to heat or cold, improve their texture, and create efficient emulsifiers, among other reasons. Found in most highly processed foods, low-calorie and diet foods, cookies, frozen meals.


    Monoglyceride: A monoglyceride is a type of glyceride molecule, also known as a lipid or fat. It can come from plant oils or animal fats, and it can also be manufactured synthetically.


    Natural Chicken Flavor: A dog food manufacturer can call its food “beef flavored” if the dog, when eating it, can detect that beef flavor. The thing is, this flavor can come from any number of sources: from beef itself, from beef meal or by-products, from other animal products such as chicken, or from “artificial flavors” produced in the laboratory. Whatever tastes like beef, even if it’s really not beef, falls under the Flavor Rule. Natural Flavor is also known as hidden MSG.


    Onion Extract or Onion Powder: Onions are toxic to dogs and can cause death.


    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. Phosphoric acid is banned in organic food and drinks.


    Potassium Bromate is a chemical added to flour to make bread rise better and give it a uniform consistency. Most of what is added to flour breaks down during the cooking process into bromide, which at this time, is shown little to no health risk, but what hasn’t been broken down remains in the baked good and is a known carcinogen. Numerous petitions have been made to the FDA to ban this ingredient and many flour mills have voluntarily stopped adding it to their products. It is banned in most countries except the U.S. and Japan. Potassium bromate causes thyroid and kidney tumors in rats, and it's banned from food use in many countries. In California, products containing potassium bromate are required to carry a cancer warning. Fortunately, negative publicity has made the additive relatively rare, but until the FDA banishes it, you should remain on the lookout.


    Potassium Sorbate: Additive consists of pure potassium sorbate and it is intended to be used as a preservative in semi-moist feed for dogs and cats. Higher than normal levels of potassium in the blood leads to hyperkalemia.


    Potassium Chloride: Is used to treat dogs and cats with low potassium levels. Side effects: muscular weakness, stomach disturbances, heart rhythm disturbances." The following drugs can potentially interact with potassium chloride: angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, spironolactone, digitalis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, anticholinergic agents, glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, and ACTH. Potassium blood levels should be measured regularly. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)



    Potassium iodide: Endocrinologic side effects have included both hyper- and hypothyroidism. By inhibiting the release of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland, iodide can cause goiter and hypothyroidism, Hypersensitivity,
    GI complaints include an unpleasant, "brassy" taste, throat or retrosternal burning, sore gums, and salivation. Renal side effects have included acute renal failure secondary to tubular necrosis following KI overdose.


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


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


    Propylparaben: Propylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.


    Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6): Although pyridoxine has generally been considered relatively nontoxic, long-term (eg, 2 mo or longer) admin of large (megadose) dosages (eg, usually 2 g or more daily) of pyridoxine can cause sensory neuropathy or neuronopathy syndromes. Seizures, ataxia, and peripheral neuropathy occur in animals given toxic doses (greater than 1 g/kg). (Made in China)


    Rosemary Extract: Can cause seizures and neurological problems.


    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)


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


    Sodium Bisulfate: It Might Burn Your Pet's Mouth, Throat, and Stomach - But it's being added to food anyway.
    Sodium bisulfate is not to be confused with menadione sodium bisulfate, which is synthetic vitamin K3. It should also not be confused with sodium bisulfite, which is a chemical preservative used in fruits and wines.
    According to MedlinePlus, in humans, symptoms from swallowing more than a tablespoon of this acid can include burning pain in the mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and severe low blood pressure.


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


    Sodium Caseinate: Another hidden form of MSG.


    Sodium Chloride/Salt: 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. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)


    Sodium Diacetate: A free flowing, acidic sodium salt widely used as food flavoring, preservative, and pH buffer.


    Sodium Hexametaphosphate: Cheap source of phosphorus can become deadly to dogs- emulsifier, texturizer.


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


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


    Sodium Selenite: According to PAN, a database for pesticide chemicals, both sodium selenite and sodium selenate are classified as "Highly Toxic," based on oral administration trials using rabbits and rats. And according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the highest allowable level of selenium in public drinking water is 50 parts per billion, which is equivalent to 50 micrograms, dry weight. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)


    Sodium silico aluminate : Sodium, sensitive individuals should limit intake. Additionally, the association of aluminum and Alzheimer's disease remains inconclusive.


    Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Used as rancid meat preservative.


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


    Taurine: Synthetic protein sourced from China.


    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.


    Thiamine Mononitrate: Can reduce function in liver and kidneys and cause organ failure.


    Thiamine Mononitrate: Is a synthetic form of vitamin B1. Not to be given to a pet with kidney or liver disease. It has the potential to illicit mild to severe allergic reactions. (B1-Made in China)


    Trace Minerals (potassium chloride): Source of potassium to balance pH, small intestinal ulcers may occur, indicates lack of well-rounded supplementation.


    Vegetable Oil: Non-descriptive source of fat, contains unsaturated fat which is hard on the body, causes premature aging. Excessive consumption of vegetable oil can also contribute to: Asthma, Blindness, Heart disease, Cancer.


    Vitamin A Acetate: One or more animal studies show tumor formation at very low doses. Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Use is restricted in Canadian cosmetics.


    Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide produced by fermentation of carbohydrates by the gram-negative bacteria Xanthomonas campestris. It is used as a thickening and suspending agent in processed foods. Xanthan gum is made using carbohydrates from corn, wheat, dairy, or soy. It’s possible pet food companies that add xanthan gum to their products might try to advertise its high fiber content, low glycemic value, or the fact that it’s “gluten-free.” Remember not to fall for marketing spin! When all is said and done, xanthan gum is just another non-nutritive, carb-based additive in processed pet food.


    Yucca Schidigera Extract: Yucca schidigera is a medicinal plant native to Mexico.
    Yucca contains saponins. Preliminary study shows these saponins may benefit arthritis and its extract may help fight cancer. Probably, short-term intake of small quantities is safe. However, yucca may cause hemolysis (burst of red blood cells), and overdose of yucca may cause loose stool and bleeding. heir use for more than three months in a row is not recommended as they may interfere with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. (Uses processing aids of mineral oil; calcium carbonate, and rice hulls as carrier)


    Zinc Oxide: Zinc is essential but should not be taken in high doses or even moderately elevated doses over a long period of time.




    COLORING


    Titanium Dioxide: Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment and dough conditioner and it has been shown to cause autoimmune disorders.


    CARAMEL COLORING: Caramel coloring is a mix of sugars, ammonia, and, in some cases, sulfite. When heated at high temperatures, this combination turns into 2-methylimidazole (2-MEI) and 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) – proven cancer inducers.


    Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue): In 2003, the U.S. FDA issued a public health advisory to warn health care providers of the potential toxicity of this synthetic dye in enteral feeding solutions. Other names used for Brilliant blue FCF are FD&C Blue No.1, Acid Blue 9, D&C Blue No. 4, Alzen Food Blue No. 1, Atracid Blue FG, Erioglaucine, Eriosky blue, Patent Blue AR, Xylene Blue VSG. Irritation, itching, gastrointestinal upset, possible mutagenic and tumor igenic effects, nausea . Toxicity, including death, has been reported only in association with FD&C Blue No. 1 tinting of enteral feedings, intended as a means of visually detecting pulmonary aspiration, although causality has not been established.


    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.


    Citrus Red #2
    It's toxic to rodents at modest levels and caused tumors of the urinary bladder and possibly other organs.


    Red #3 (Erythrosine)(artificial color)
    Recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs.


    Red 40 (Allura Red)(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 (Tartrazine)(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 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children.


    Yellow 6 (Sunset Yellow)(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.


    Green #3 (Fast Green)
    Caused significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats.




    Sweeteners


    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
    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.


    High Fructose Corn Syrup
    HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from “natural” or a naturally occurring substance. It is extracted from corn stalks. The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.
    HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA.
    An FDA researcher asked corn producers to ship a barrel of high fructose corn syrup in order to test for contaminants. Her repeated requests were refused until she claimed she represented a newly created soft drink company. She was then promptly shipped a big vat of HFCS that was used as part of the study that showed that HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury because of chlor-alkali products used in its manufacturing. Poisoned sugar is certainly not “natural”.


    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
    Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hyperglycemia, 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.


    Unfiltered Water: Unfiltered water contain chemicals, pesticides, fluorides, metals and many other contaminants including bacteria. All water should be filtered and provided fresh daily. The water going into pet foods is of unknown source.
    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a study of 10 brands of manufactured dog foods analyzed for fluoride content. Eight had levels that could put dogs at risk from developing bone cancer, thyroid disease and other health problems.
    Even small amounts of fluoride consumed from tap water can damage your bones, teeth, brain, disrupt your thyroid function, lower IQ and/or cause cancer. Fluoride exposure disrupts the synthesis of collagen and leads to the breakdown of collagen in bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, lungs, kidney and trachea. Fluoride confuses the immune system and causes it to attack the body’s own tissues, and increases the tumor growth rate in cancer prone individuals. Fluoride depresses thyroid activity.


    FEATHERS/FEATHER MEAL: Feathers are broken down to amino acids through a process called hydrolyzing. Hydrolyzing means to break down a protein source enzymatically. If enough enzymes are present, any type of protein can be hydrolyzed, allowing its amino acids to be absorbed through the walls of an animal’s digestive tract and into the bloodstream. This means the protein is digestible, but not necessarily bioavailable. The bioavailability or biological value (BV) of a nutrient is the measure of its usefulness to the cells of the body.
    For example, eggs have a biological value of 100 percent, meaning all the amino acids in an egg are useful to the body. Soy has a BV of around 55 percent, which means 45 percent of the protein in soy winds up as waste product in the blood that the kidneys must filter out.
    Feathers have 0 percent bioavailability, so while they can be made digestible through the hydrolyzing process, they cannot be used by your pet’s body at the cellular level.
    In addition, many amino acids are damaged by heat, and as we know, commercially available pet food – especially kibble – is processed at extremely high temperatures. Since amino acids act synergistically (interdependently) in the body, damage to some amino acids can render other, undamaged amino acids useless.
    Read more about it here.....








    Some Interesting information concerning glycerin and oils used in foods.
    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForIndu.../UCM310867.pdf




    **This information has been gathered and combined from multiple sources and research. If an ingredient isn't listed here, please do your own research to find the answer to it's possible side effects.




    A must read as well.
    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bc...-dog-nutrition
    http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutritio...cats-and-dogs/
    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/ol_roy.html


    Video By David Duncan
    to: top best dry dog foods
    to: top worst canned dog food


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    Its impossible to use euthanized animals in pet food. The drug used to euthanize is controlled by federal law and all animals have to be cremated or interred by very strict standards.
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