Category: Dirty Dozen: Dangerous Pet Food Ingredients



The recent consumer uproar concerning dog treats made in China and “pink slime,” has shown not only the power of social media and word-of-mouth, but also the consumers’ desire to know what is in the products they are feeding their pets, and from where it came. Dog food manufacturers utilize a number of misleading terms in their ingredients list, which must be illuminated in order for consumers to make informed decisions.

Wheat – The number one allergen in dogs and a contributing factor to canine obesity.

Corn  Useless filler that is a known cause of allergies and is difficult for dogs to digest. 

Corn gluten meal – Even worse than corn. Patented as a weed killer in 1991.

Soy  Considered a low-quality, incomplete protein well known to create food allergies in pets. 

By-product meal  Bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feet and feathers. 

Animal digest – The most disgusting ingredient of all. A combination of many animal parts: dead, dying, diseased or dying prior to slaughter. 

Ethoxoquin  Used in the production of rubber and banned for use in human foods.

Egg product – Eggshells, eggs that may have gone rancid or spoiled.

Brewer’s rice – The broken shells of rice that lack nutrients and have been discarded by other food manufacturing processes; floor sweepings.

Cellulose – Just another name for sawdust. Very harsh on the digestive system.

Sugar in any form  Useless, unnecessary and adds empty calories. 

Propylene glycol – Added as a sweetener. Used in antifreeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent. 


Check the ingredients list on the dog food you buy.


Doesn’t your dog deserve the best? Doesn’t your dog deserve Healthy Dogma?

Try our homemade dog food: PetMix Original.


Recommended Dog Foods:

Grain Free:

  • PetMix Homemade Dog Food
  • Acana
  • Bravo
  • California Naturals
  • Fromm
  • Holistic Blend
  • Natures Logic
  • Now
  • Orijen
  • Pinnacle
  • Primal
  • Nutreco
  • Grandma Mae’s

Foods with whole grains (recommended for active dogs):

  • California Naturals
  • Nutreco
  • GO!
  • Fromm Gold
  • Fromm Four Stars
  • Grandma Mae’s


What are you feed your dog now? Find out what rating it gets from two independent websites: 

Dog Food Analysis:Your independent site for dog food information and reviews.

Dog Food Advisor: Dog food reviews and dog food ratings updated regularly.



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