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Dogs and cats need a nutrient-rich food to promote excellent health, strong bones, teeth, and a rich coat. A healthy diet includes premium human-grade organic ingredients such as chicken, wild salmon, beef or buffalo, probiotics, vegetables, amino acids, antioxidants, fatty acids, mico-nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

These factors promote a perfect balance of antibodies, growth factors to protect against diseases and strengthen the immune system with anti-inflammatory action inhibiting the development of arthritis, improved liver function, digestion and cardiovascular health.

A Wish for Animals recommends??Great Life???s??raw food layered on holistic kibble for your dog!

Check out the ingredients listed in these name-brand dog foods:

Eukenuba Adult:??Chicken,??chicken by-product meal,??corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain barley,??chicken fat,??fish meal,??Brewers rice

Iams Adult:??Chicken,??corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum,??chicken by-product meal, ground whole grain barley meal,??fish meal,??chicken fat, dried beet pulp

Kibbles ???N Bits:??Corn, soybean meal, ground wheat,??beef & bone meal,??animal fat(BHA6 and citric acid used as preservatives),??corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing

Pedigree:??Ground yellow corn,??meat and bone meal,??corn gluten meal,??chicken by-product meal,??animal fat??(preseved with BHA/BHT6), wheat mill run, natural poultry flavor, rice,??salt

Proplan Adult:??Chicken,??Brewers rice, whole grain wheat,??poulty by-product meal,??corn gluten meal,??beef tallow,??whole grain corn,??corn bran

Purina Beneful:??Ground yellow corn,??chicken by-product meal,??corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour,??beef tallow, rice flour, soy flour,??sugar

Purina Dog Chow:??Ground yellow corn,??poultry by-product meal,??corn gluten meal, soybean meal,??beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols,??brewers rice, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate

Science Diet Original:??Chicken,??corn meal, ground grain sorghum, ground wheat,??chicken by-product meal,??brewers rice, soybean meal,??animal fat??(preserved with BHA6, propyl gallate 6 and citric acid)

Pet Food Ingredient Glossary

Check your pet food to see if it contains any of these ingredients:

Meat by-products:??Pet grade meat by-products consist of??organs and parts either not desired, or condemned, for human consumption.??This can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feet, and feathers.

Corn:??Corn products are difficult for dogs to digest.

Food Fragments:??Lower cost by-products of another food manufacturing process. Examples include wheat bran and brewer’s rice (a waste product of the alcohol industry).

Meat and bone meal:??”Meat and bone meal” and “beef and bone meal” are inexpensive sources of animal protein.??The protein in a meal containing a large amount of bone may be poorly digestible and fail to provide adequate nutrition.

Animal Fat:??Animal fat is a??”generic” fat source that is most often made up of rendered animal fat, restaurant grease, or other oils too rancid or deemed inedible for humans.??Look for a named fat source, such as poultry or chicken fat, that is naturally preserved.

Chemical Preservatives:??Chemical preservatives include butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate,??propylene glycol??(also used as a less-toxic version of automotive antifreeze),??and ethoxyquin. BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are potentially cancer-causing agents.??The long term build-up of these chemicals (that may be eaten every day for the life of your pet!) have not been thouroughly studied and may ultimately be harmful.

Sweeteners:??Sweeteners such as corn syrup, sugar, and cane molasses??are usually added to lower quality foods to increase their appeal.??Dietary sugars can aggravate health problems, including diabetes.

Beef Tallow: A low quality fat product.

References:

The Animal Protection Institute, “What’s Really in Pet Food.”, January 29, 2002.

Kerns, Nancy “Choose the Best Dry Food.”, The Whole Dog Journal, February 2000, 13-17.