Dog Food Labels


On The Road to Understanding Dog Food Labels


To Understand a Dog Food Label, is to Realize What you are Actually Feeding your Dog.  

Dissecting a Dog Food Label can be very complex, in regards to Ingredients and Crude Analysis. But, the most important part of the label to read is the List of Ingredients, as they dictate the basic nutritional value of the dog food. The ‘Top Three Ingredients’ are usually all you need to READ in order to determine the Nutrional Value of a Dog Food Brand, as they are highest in relevance.

Many Brand Names of Dog Foods are widely accepted by consumers as Completely Nutrional and Well- Balanced. However, I have found that most consumers believe in many Dog Food Manufacturers simply by the direction of their Marketing of a particular Brand of Dog Food.  

I will outline the Basics of a Dog Food Label by using ONLY TWO BRANDS of Dog Food. These two brands were chosen randomly, and  there are many more Brands of Dog Food that resemble these same ingredients. I hope this will give you enough information to begin you on Your Road to Reading Dog Food Labels.


Pedigree Dog & Puppy Food

Pedigree Dry Dog Food Ingredients:

ground whole corn, chicken by-product meal, brewer's rice, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), meat and bone meal, ground whole wheat, natural flavor, potassium chloride, salt, vegetable oil (source of linoleic acid), 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, monocalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, potassium iodide and added FD&C colors (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2)

Ground Whole Corn is basically a Flour-Type substance.
Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain and has very little nutritional value.
Chicken-By-Product Meal is grinded-up parts of poultry carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste” and is “Unfit for Human Consumption”.
Brewer’s Rice is a Cereal Grain-by-Product which is left-over fragments after milling whole rice.
It has Very Little Nutritional Value.

Canned Food Ingredients:

Sufficient Water for Processing, Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Chicken, Beef, Liver, Dried Egg Product, Dried Tomato Pomace, Vegetable Oil (source of Linoleic Acid), Dried Chicory Pulp (source of Soluble Fiber), Caramel Coloring, Trace Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Dried Yam, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Taurine, Guar Gum, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (source of Vitamin E), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A & D Supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Biotin], Marigold Meal (source of Lutein), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention).

Water adds nothing but moisture to the food.
Chicken-By-Product Meal is grinded-up parts of poultry carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste” and is “Unfit for Human Consumption”.
Chicken is the FOURTH ingredient.
It is naturally rich in 10 essential amino acids, but there is not enough of it.
Meat-By-Product Meal is grinded-up parts of cow carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste”.
Anonymous Meat Sources can come from diseased or


Beneful Dog Food

Healthy Growth Puppy 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), chicken, rice flour, soy flour, milk, water, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, animal digest, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, dried peas, dried carrots, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, DL-Methionine, Yellow 5, ferrous sulfate, Red 40, manganese sulfate, niacin, Blue 2, Vitamin A supplement, Yellow 6, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

Ground Whole Corn is basically a Flour-Type substance.
Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain and has very little nutritional value.
Chicken-By-Product Meal is grinded-up parts of poultry carcasses and is basically “Slaughterhouse Waste” and is “Unfit for Human Consumption”.
Corn Gluten Meal is the Rubbery Residue that remains after Corn had has it’s starchy carbohydrate washed out.
An Inferior and Inexpensive plant-based used to boost
Wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain.  
Very Little Nutritional Value.
Animal Fat is a generic-by-product of rendering.
Anonymous Meat Source is from spoiled meat, and          dead or dying cattle.