Chicken? Chicken Meal? What is in my pet food?




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We get many questions from our customers about different brands of pet foods and why one is better than another. While we try to refrain from recommending specific products to our customers, what we always ask is that our customers review the ingredients of the foods they are feeding their pets, as that is the best way of determining if a product is one that is beneficial or hurtful to your pets. In previous emails, we recommended that customers ensure that a protein, such as chicken, lamb, salmon, beef etc is listed as the first ingredient in any foods that you feed your pets. We received questions from our customers asking what protein “meals” are, as many top quality brands list “chicken meal” or “lamb meal” as the first ingredient. If you’re curious about this, here is the answer:

“Contrary to what many people believe, meat sources in “meal” form (as long as they are from a specified type of animal, such as chicken meal, lamb meal, salmon meal etc.) are not inferior to whole, fresh meats. Meals consist of meat and skin, with or without the bones, but exclusive of feathers/hair, heads, feet, horns, entrails etc. and have the proper calcium/phosphorus ratio required for a balanced diet. They have had most of the moisture removed, but meats in their original, “wet” form still contain up to 75% water. Once the food reaches its final moisture content of about 9-12%, the meat will have shrunk to sometimes as little as 1/4 of the original amount, while the already dehydrated meal form remains the same and you get more concentrated protein per pound of finished product. This means that in the worst case you are left with only 4 ounces of actual meat content per pound of fresh meat included in a dry kibble, many of which contain less than one pound of meat per 2-3 pounds of grain to begin with. Preferably a food contains quality meat meal as well as some fresh meat.”.

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Many grocery store brands contain by-products or by-product meals as the first ingredient, and we recommend that you try to stay away from these products. Take a look at what chicken by-products contain:

“Unless otherwise stated on the label, chicken by-products are the chicken heads, feet and intestines ground up. Not a whole lot of actual meat (protein), and some animals may have difficulty digesting the by-products.”

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