Finding the right food for your dog is one of the most important things you can do as a pet parent. A balanced diet will keep your dog in good physical health and extend their lifespan. Before finding the right food for your dog, you’ll want to know which ingredients to stay away from. Here’s a list of 7 ingredients to avoid in dog food:

1. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)

BHA is a chemical additive used as a preservative in fats and oils and has been proven to cause cancer in rats. It’s found in some dogs foods so make sure to check the label before buying.

2. Meat Meal

Meat meal is produced from the animal byproducts of human-grade meat and is what most cheap dog foods are made with. Meat meal is not considered to be a healthy way for your dog to their daily value of protein.

3. Artificial Colors

Artificial coloring has been proven to be unhealthy, and only serves an aesthetic value for humans buying dog food. Your dog doesn’t care what their food looks like, so avoid buying them food with artificial coloring in it.

4. Gluten

Gluten has been known to cause allergies in dogs, such as skin problems and ear infections. It is difficult for dogs to digest as well, which can cause gastrointestinal issues.

5. Sugar

Like with humans, sugar isn’t good for dogs either. It can cause tooth decay, obesity, and more.

6. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

MSG is used to enhance the flavor of human food, and is found in some dog food as well. Dog’s bodies can’t tolerate MSG the way human bodies do, resulting in dehydration. Some dogs are allergic to MSG and can go into seizure if exposed, so it’s best to steer clear of MSG altogether when buying dog food.

7. Salt

Dogs need some salt in their diet, but too much can be fatal. Your dog may suffer from dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death if too much salt is consumed.

In conclusion, always check the label of the food you’re buying for your dog. If your dog’s food contains a bunch of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, then there’s a good chance that it’s not good for them.


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Written by Vincent M.