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Bad ingredients in pet food

  • BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin or propyl gallate are known as chemical antioxidants. Although these ingredients are slowly being removed from the EU market.
  • Carbohydrate such as brewers rice, corn, grain fermentation products, maize and soy flour. The ingredients panel on your pet food should not display cereal as its first ingredient as meat is the most important for your pet’s nutrition.
  • Corn gluten and wheat gluten are used to raise the protein content and bind pet food. These are biologically inappropriate and can cause food intolerances.
  • Try and avoid dry food especially for cats as it is void of any enzymes and moisture and is more difficult to digest.
  • Although on the surface you may think this is a good thing, avoid EC/EU permitted additives and preservatives unless they are natural,for example ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
  • Fats such as vegetable oil, animal fat and mineral oil.
  • Fillers or Fibre such as beets, cellulose, corn bran, oat and peanut hulls.
  • Meat meal, bone meal, offal meal, or digest, meat by-products, fish by-products and meat derivatives. These really aren’t meat at all.
  • Vegetable protein origin, soy protein or wheat protein. Your pet’s protein should come mostly from meat.
  • If the price is cheap or the food smells bad, this usually means the ingredients are poor.

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