Ask The Expert: What ingredients should I look for when purchasing dog food?
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The most important thing to look for is animal protein. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, so the first five will give you a good idea of what you’re getting. All dog food has a protein source and a carbohydrate source; what you don’t want to see is a bag of food with five variations of carbs and minimal proteins. Chicken, lamb, fish, venison, bison, and duck are all great sources of protein and with the addition of legumes, such as chickpeas, as both a carbohydrate and an additional protein source, you have the start to great food. Be cautious with products high in potato products, as they can act as an inflammatory due to their high sugar content.
Jeff Lee, Owner // Lees' Feed and Western Store // 4110 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, 530-677-4891 // 2205 Francisco Drive, El Dorado Hills, 530-363-1008, leesfeed.net