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Selecting Dog Food

This is a glossary for items found in many brands of popular dog food, if your food contains any of these, you may want to reconsider their diet.

Animal Digest: This is the by-product of rendered meat. During rendering, all usable animal parts (including fetal tissues and glandular wastes) are heated in vats and the liquid is separated from the meal. This meal is covered with charcoal and labeled "unfit for human consumption" before processing it into pet food. Digest can also include intestines, as well as the contents of those intestines, such as stool, bile, parasites and chemicals. 
Animal Fat and Tallow: Animal fat is a "generic" fat source that is most often made up of rendered animal fat, rancid restaurant grease or other oils that are deemed inedible for humans. Tallow is low quality hard white fat that most animals find hard to digest, not to mention the cardiac risks resulting. 
Chemical Preservatives: Chemical preservatives include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used in automotive antifreeze and is suspected of causing red blood cell damage) and ethoxyquin , are all potentially cancer causing agents that your pets are eating every day. 
Chicken By-products: These are ground parts from poultry carcasses such as feet, heads, feathers, intestines, necks and undeveloped eggs and can include any rendered material. 
Corn Products: Corn products including corn meal, corn gluten and grits are cheap, allergy causing fillers and are very difficult for animals to digest. 
Food Fragments: Lower end by-products of the food manufacturing process, examples include wheat bran and brewers rice which are a waste product of the alcohol industry. 
Ground Whole Grain Sorghum: The feed value of grain sorghum is similar to corn and is grown primarily as a feed grain for livestock. 
Meat and Bone Meal: Meat and bone meal are inexpensive sources of animal protein. Note that companies are not required to clarify the source of meat, nor is it human-grade quality. The protein in meat and bone meal may contain a large amount of processed bone that is not digestible and fails to provide adequate nutrition. 
Meat Based: A label that states "meat based" may also include blood vessels, tendons, organs and other parts of a rendered animal. Note again these companies do not clarify the source of "meat", nor is it human-grade quality products.
Meat By-products: meat by-products consist of organs and parts not desired nor fit for human consumption. This can include organs, bones, blood and fatty tissue. It can also include brains, feet, heads, intestines and any other internal parts. Unbelievably, by-products can also contain cancerous or diseased tissue containing parasites, or from euthanized animals. 


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