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How to read dog nutrition labels

Nutrition labels on traditional dog foods can be challenging to comprehend, especially when compared with the nutrition labels on fresh food for dogs.

The first thing you'll want to look at is the guaranteed analysis at the top of the nutrition label. This tells you the minimum amount of certain nutrients (by weight) within the food. An important thing to be aware of is that these are listed as percentages of the food as a whole, so in fresh diets with more water content, percentages appear smaller (even though actual nutrient content may be higher).

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Secondly, you'll want to look at the ingredient list. The ingredients are listed in order of greatest inclusion, so the first ingredients are the ones that make up the greatest amount of the meal. The ones at the end are typically the added nutrients or, in cases of highly processed dog foods, fillers.