This tool is part of our resource guide, How To Make Healthy Food Choices For Your Dog, a comprehensive document which covers the following topics: (1) How to select the right foods to purchase and avoid the ones that are not healthy; (2) The foods and ingredients to absolutely avoid; (3) How to scrutinize the ingredients in the food you give your dog; (4) How to do an apples to apples comparison between dog food products to see which ones are healthier; (5) How to choose quality protein sources; (6) …and more. This Resource Guide is in PDF format.

See TABLE 4 as a guide for understanding meat percentages in canned foods. Try to limit to products that are labeled with “Beef”.

Watch out for Denaturing Practices

“Denaturing” is a process required in canned meat pet products to prevent consumption by humans. Methods may be toxic, but allowed, to deter humans from eating dangerous pet foods. Process can include:

  • Add a mix composed of Coal Tar, Carbolic Acid, Citronella and food coloring (all known to be carcinogenic);
  • Add Charcoal, which absorbs not just toxins but also nutrients;
  • Use exclusively human food qualit