Canada is home to some of the best dry dog food brands in the entire world. Distinguising between healthy and low-end dry dog food simply requires turning the bag over and reading the main ingredients. A smart rule of thumb is to look at the first ingredient on the bag. Corn or animal by-products should be considered a red flag to the consumer. Following the #1 ingredient, dog owners should consider what 4 ingredients follow. Wheat, bone meal and animal fat provide inadequate nutritional values. We have compiled a list of dog food brands that meet all qualifications per ingredient list of a low-end dry dog food.
5Kibbles ‘N Bits® Original Dry Dog Food
Ingredients: Corn, pork and bone meal, soybean meal, beef tallow (preserved with BHA), poutry digest, chicken ,by-product meal, titanium dioxide, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, caramel, minerals ,(ferrous sulphate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulphate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), ,vitamins (vitamin E, vitamin A, niacin, D-calcium, pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine ,hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12), colour, choline ,chloride.
Corn: Contains the endosperm, germ, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm. Because corn products are lacking in certain amino acids such as methionine, arginine and taurine, they are not as nutritious as high quality meats.
Pork and Bone Meal: The dry rendered (cooked down) product from a combination of clean flesh and skin (with or without accompanying bone), derived from the parts of whole carcasses of pigs or a combination thereof — exclusive of head, feet or entrails.
Soybean Meal: The product obtained by grinding the flakes which remain after removal of most of the oil from soybeans by a solvent or mechanical extraction process.Soybean meal is a poor quality protein filler. The “Crude Protein” analysis on pet food labels is only a measurement of the amount of nitrogen in a food — not the quality of the protein. Because of this, pet food companies can use the cheaper by-products of human food production, such as soybean meal, to boost protein numbers.
Beef Tallow (preserved with BHA): Beef tallow is obtained from the tissue of cattle in the commercial process of rendering.
Poultry Digest: Animal digests are materials which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind or flavor(s), it must correspond thereto. Poultry digest is a cooked-down broth made from unspecified parts of unspecified fowl (turkeys, ducks, geese, buzzards, etc). The animals can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination.
Note: This dog food contains BHA preservative. The World Health Organization along with the State of California have classified this preservative as a suspicious cancer-causing compound.