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Ingredients in Dog food?


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Amazing isnt it? I feed Kramer, my Cairn Innova evo. Natural food and no grans. This last dog/cat food recall makes you want to home cook.

Rhonda,Kramer & Angel Missy "Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog". "It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are" Missy Rainbow Bridge Memorial

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I understood that the "meal" is not a bad ingredient in dog food. It just should state the origin of the meal....chicken or lamb or beef and not just poultry.

Here are a couple sites that have some good info but I guess after this last recall, we can't be sure of anything anymore.




I alternate between Canidae and Solid Gold and have had excellent results with both foods.

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We have been using Canidae since Scout was a puppy and they both love it. I have started giving both of them the min. amount of food suggested on the bag and supplementing their diet with canned pumpkin, diced fresh veggies, and occasional bite of egg, diced apples, bananas, and sometimes canned sardines. They love it, and I hope to go to a raw diet as soon as I find out what is involved. I'm just worried that I won't meet their needs, which is why I'm still feeding them Canidae.

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There's nothing wrong with "chicken meal" at all. It's the same as "chicken" on a label, the only difference is chicken meal is already ground and cooked when it is mixed up with the rest of the ingredients to make dry dog food. Fresh chicken gets ground up and cooked the same way at the manufacturing plant and ends up in exactly the same state by the time you buy a bag of dry dog food.

Edited to add that if a label says the ingredients include 20% chicken meal you are actually getting more chicken than if the label says "20% fresh chicken". Reason is that about 75% of fresh meat is liquid which is removed in the cooking process. Dry food (or dry meal) is only no more than 10% liquid content.

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