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How to Read Dog Food Ingredient Labels

TLC Pet Food shares how you can read dog food ingredient labels in a meaningful way to help you pick quality food for your new puppy.

When picking quality puppy food for your new puppy, it is essential to know how to read the ingredients list in a meaningful way. Read our recommendations for how best to read dog food ingredient labels:

An important part of reading ingredient labels is looking at the order ingredients are listed. The first ingredients are the most important, just like an ingredient label for human food. Ingredients are measured by weight. The first ingredients on a Dog Food label have the highest inclusion rate.

A dog’s ancestry dates back to that of a wolf, which needs meat to survive. At the top of the list, real meat ingredients such as Lamb and Chicken Meal are a good start. This helps to ensure the proper amino acids are going to be delivered through nutrition. Another ingredient that signals high-quality food is whole grains. Multiple whole grains rich in complex carbohydrates will provide both your new puppy or full-grown dog with the energy they require.

Fruits and vegetables are another essential input into quality pet food. Immune system benefits, cardiovascular health, and anti-oxidizing properties are all delivered through Fruits and Vegetables’ vitamins.

Having chelated minerals in a pet food formula provides easily absorbable nutrients and vitamins. These come from important metals such as zinc and iron. Probiotics and Prebiotics in pet food also help maintain the health of your dog’s digestive tract.

The Guaranteed Analysis and Ingredient listing provides the ingredients in the food and a percentage breakdown of protein, fat, moisture, etc. Make sure the food you are feeding your pet meets the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Check for the AAFCO statement on the packaging.

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