Deciphering Food Labels for Fido: Any Suggestions?

Deciphering Food Labels for Fido: Any Suggestions?

Amber Byfield
Jun 30, 2010

Our food choices have a huge impact on an eco-friendly lifestyle. It stands to reason, then, that caring about what our pets eat is just as important—our dog, who weighs about 50 pounds, eats four cups of food a day, and that's no small piece of our green living pie. If you're looking for a decoder for your dog's kibble, take a look at this article.

We've mentioned that it's hard to come across a bag of kibble for our dog Fin that meets our self-imposed SOLE foods for humans guidelines (sustainable, organic, local, and ethical), so when we recently ran across this article at EcoSalon, we figured that deciphering the labels would be the next best thing.

We've heard everything from raw foods diet (not practical for our everyday lifestyle) to a vegetarian diet for the dog (which we don't think is practical for her). But we know that what's most widely available for most everyone out there is dry dog food, which is why we think this article is a good read. It lists a few ingredients to steer clear from, as well as explains what different protein sources are.

We feed our dog a brand of dry food that has a mostly understandable ingredients list, but this article gave us pause—and we're always striving to do better for our pup and the world around her.

Have any suggestions?

(Image: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest)

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