Read the Ingredients before Buying


Dogs can't read, so we have to.

Dogs can’t read, so we have to. Photo: DepositPhoto/Amaviael


A brand recently contacted me about a possible review on Keep the Tail Wagging. Before accepting a review, I always check the ingredients to make sure the product is a good fit for my audience. When I visited this brand’s site, I was appalled by the ingredients.

The site gave the impression that they created natural dog supplements, but the ingredients list wasn’t very natural and definitely not a good fit for my blog or our dogs.

How to Read the Ingredients in Dog Food and Supplements

I’m not an expert in reading the ingredients in pet food, so I focus initially on the first 5 ingredients. It can be daunting but I have found a few quick and easy ways to determine if a product is a good fit for our pack.

Any Allergies – each of our 4 dogs has a chicken sensitivity, so I avoid food and treats with chicken or proteins that are labeled as “meat.” The term meat could mean chicken, beef, or any other protein – I prefer more details so that I can easily determine if the food is okay for our dogs.

Go Natural (or as natural as possible) – I try to look for products that have a simple ingredients list (1 – 3 ingredients when possible). Dehydrated or freeze dried protein treats are great – we can get them in duck, bison, rabbit and turkey.

Google the Rest – if there is anything on the list that I don’t understand, I Google it and look for 2 – 3 explanations to gain a more compete understanding. I will also reach out to our holistic veterinarian for more clarification when needed.

Search for a Product Review – with so many pet bloggers typing diligently every day, someone is bound to have written a product review; I read their thoughts and reach out to them for more details if I need them. I also search for customer reviews.

When the Ingredients are Up to Snuff

Although I wasn’t a fan of ingredients in the product submitted to me for review, I can’t say that the supplement is bad for dogs. It just wasn’t something that I would feed to my 4 dogs.

The benefit of raising a dog today is that many brands are coming out with amazing, natural products for our dogs. For every product review I turn down, I’m happy to say that I’m being introduced to another brand that inspires me to pull out my wallet.

Happy shopping!!!

Author: Kimberly Gauthier

Kimberly Gauthier is a dog nutrition blogger for the site Keep the Tail Wagging. She primarily writes about dog nutrition, raw feeding and raising littermates. Kimberly also moderates the growing Facebook group, Raw Dog Food Chat, where new and experienced raw feeders come together to learn and share without judgment or pressure. Kimberly lives with her partner, their 4 dogs (2 sets of littermates), and 2 cats in the Pacific Northwest.​

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Posted by on Mar 9 2015. Filed under Animal Reality, Dog News, Dog News, Dog News, News and Views. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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