How to Read Dog Food Labels

Learning how to read dog food labels can help add to your pet’s happiness and health.

  • Henrietta Morrison offers a variety of treats and meals for dogs of all ages in “Dinner for Dogs.”
    Cover courtesy The Experiment
  • Buying the best dog food you can afford is worth it in the long run, but knowing how to read dog food labels plays an integral part in making that decision.
    Photo by Fotolia/chalabala

Author Henrietta Morrison knows a thing or two about fussy pets from her own dog, Lily, who was plagued by earaches and skin problems until Morrison started cooking for her and the symptoms disappeared. Dinner for Dogs (The Experiment, 2012) is her answer to these problems, and more. Morrison offers 50 simple, nutritious recipes for a happier, healthier dog—at any age. The following excerpt discusses the importance of knowing how to read dog food labels.

Purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Dinner for Dogs.

How to Read Dog Food Labels

It’s handy to know what to look out for when you are looking for a ready-made food for your dog. Price is generally a good indicator: If a food is cheap, it’s because it’s made with cheap ingredients. Buying the best you can afford for your dog will be worth it in the long term—their health and happiness depend on it!

• Make your own dog food with this recipe: Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

Dry Dog Foods

Dry foods were invented as a way of getting rid of waste material that food factories produced. Dry dog foods usually have a very pungent smell because they have had so many flavorings and fats added to encourage your dog to eat them.

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