Understanding the ingredients of your dog’s food items is a must for the dog lovers or dog owners.  Whenever you feed the dog with different kinds of food items, you should always read the label and understand the contents about the dog feed types that are being used in such commercial preparations. You should understand the ingredients while buying food for your dog and also know what to look for.

Feed items include dry and fresh food.  The fresh dog food that is prepared in homes generally consists of ingredients like freshly cut chicken pieces in addition to the cranberry juices, blue-green algae, etc.

If you come across any different kinds of preservatives and if the dog develops all of a sudden signs pertaining to the food allergy, suspect the unwanted ingredient in the feed items given. Similarly, understand about the moisture status. If the food item is having more moisture, then the dog may prefer this as well.

More on that though…

Beet pulp, pasta, Soybean oil, wheat middlings, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, copper sulfate, iron sulfate, zinc oxide, choline chloride, etc. are often the ingredients in case of vegetarian based diet items offered to the pet animals like dogs.

Raw egg, chicken, beef, mutton, fish, quail etc. are often the preferred ingredients in case of dog diets that are prepared on the basis of the non-vegetarian items. Taurine is one of the essential ingredients for the dog’s nutrition.  Likewise, in the case of dogs feed with frozen fish items, the vitamin called thiamine needs to be supplemented as an ingredient.

Many premium types of dog food preparations contain essential fatty acids, carbohydrates with adequate fiber contents, vitamins like A, D, E and B complex vitamins.

Let’s go further into this

Furthermore, minerals like zinc is an essential ingredient for skin health status and calcium, which is an essential ingredient for bone growth, tonicity of muscles.  They should be enriched in these food items. However, the cost of those food preparations is comparatively more expensive than the food preparations with general ingredients.  Though it may be better for your dog’s health.

My dogs really love Rachel Ray’s Dog food.  It’s a very healthy option as well.

Below are some specifics on it:

  • U.S. Farm-Raised Beef is the #1 Ingredient
  • Natural Prebiotics Help Support Healthy Digestion
  • No Artificial Flavors or Artificial Preservatives
  • No poultry by-product meal, filler, wheat, or wheat gluten ingredients
  • Natural dog food with added vitamins & minerals

We have tried them all but the ones they seem to like the best is Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Dog Food, Real Beef & Brown Rice Recipe.

***UPDATE***  as of 12/28/2018

3 of my dog’s ended up getting sick multiple times eating the Rachael Ray dog food.  Now I have moved on to something even better by Nutro Ultra.  It’s called Nutro Ultra Adult Dry Dog Food.

Below are the specifications on it but honestly my dogs are loving it!

NUTRO ULTRA™ Adult Dry Dog Food

NUTRO ULTRA™ Adult Dry Dog Food is specially formulated to meet the needs of adult dogs. The Superfood Plate features a trio of proteins from chicken, lamb, and salmon and is crafted with a medley of 15 superfoods, including chia seeds, kale, coconut, blueberries, and more.


  • Partnered with trusted farmers and suppliers to source high-quality ingredients
  • The high-quality protein source is always the #1 ingredient
  • There is No chicken by-product meal
  • It has No artificial flavors or colors
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No corn, wheat, or soy protein
  • Made with non-GMO ingredients (trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing)
  • Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance

Item Specifications:

15 lb.
30 lb.

Chicken, Lamb, and Salmon

Chicken Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Chicken, Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Flaxseed, Oatmeal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Egg Product, Tomato Pomace, Dried Pomegranate,

But there are more ingredients…

Dried Blueberry, Dried Avocado, Dried Cranberry, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Spinach, Dried Carrot, Salt, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Carnitine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Sodium Selenite, Beta Carotene, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Sounds good so far right?

Guaranteed Analysis:
1 – Crude Protein (min.): 26.00%
2 – Crude Fat (min.): 12.00%
Crude Fiber (max.): 4.00%
Moisture (max.): 10.00%
Arginine (min.): 1.00%
Lysine (min.): 0.80%
Linoleic Acid (min.): 4.00%
Zinc (min.): 250mg/kg
Iodine (min): 5mg/kg
Selenium (min.): 0.30mg
Vitamin E (min.): 150 IU/kg
Taurine (min.)*: 0.12%
Ascorbic Acid (min.)*: 35mg/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min.)*: 0.10%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) (min.)*: 0.60%
L-Carnitine (min.)*: 75mg/kg
Beta Carotene (min.)*: 0.50mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (min.)*: 150mg/kg
Glucosamine (min.)*: 200mg/kg
Calorie Content (calculated): ME 3513 kcal/kg, 341 kcal/cup
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Feeding Guide:
These are the recommended feeding ranges for adult dogs of various weights. For dogs with low activity levels, feed an amount toward the low end of the range. For dogs with moderate activity levels, feed an amount toward the high end of the range. As needed, adjust the amount fed to obtain or maintain your dog’s optimum weight. If feeding NUTRO® ULTRA™ food for dogs for the first time, the manufacturer suggests blending increasing amounts with old food for six days. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times. See your veterinarian regularly. Serve dry or lightly moistened.
5 lb.: 1/2 – 2/3 cups
10 lb.: 3/4 – 1 cups
20 lb.: 1 1/3 – 1 2/3 cups
40 lb.: 2 1/4 – 2 3/4 cups
60 lb.: 3 – 3 3/4 cups
80lb.: 3 3/4 – 4 2/3 cups
100+ lb.: 4 1/2 – 5 1/2+ cups

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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    2 replies to "Food Ingredients For Your Dog’s Food"

    • Diane Silverman

      I will check out the dog food from Rachael Ray. I’ve heard good things about it and I want to test it and see if my dogs like it. I want to help them live a longer and healthier life and I know that their food plays a very important part in this.

    • Veronica

      My little dog has recently developed a negative reaction to poultry and I have to start looking for healthier options for her. And now that I’m doing a better research I can see how bad some of the dog foods out there really are.

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