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Ana W
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There are several ingredients that are commonly flagged as controversial or potentially harmful in dog food. Some of these include:

By-products: This can include animal parts such as feet, beaks, and organs that are not typically consumed by humans.

Meat and bone meal: This is a rendered product that can contain animal parts from any species, including roadkill and euthanized animals.

Artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors: These can be harmful to dogs and may be linked to health problems such as cancer.

Propylene glycol: A chemical used to keep semi-moist foods moist, which is banned in cat food by the FDA but is allowed in dog food.

Grains such as corn, wheat, and soy: These can be difficult for dogs to digest and can cause allergic reactions in some dogs.

Carrageenan: A thickener and emulsifier derived from red seaweed, it can cause gastrointestinal inflammation and other health issues.

BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin: These are synthetic antioxidants used to preserve the fat in pet foods, they have been linked to cancer and other health issues.

It’s also important to note that some ingredients may be used in small amounts and not be harmful, but when used in high amounts, they can cause health issues.

It’s always a good idea to read the ingredient list carefully and to look for a product that uses high-quality, whole ingredients. It’s also a good idea to check for certifications such as AAFCO, USDA or FDA certifications, which indicate that the product meets certain standards for nutrition.

I hope this information is helpful for you in making informed decisions about the food and treats you provide for your dog.