Pet Food Facts: By-Products Are Not All Bad

Pet Food Facts: By-Products Are Not All Bad

Our team at Cypress View Veterinary Clinic in Medicine Hat are continually educating ourselves to provide you with the most up to date, and accurate¬† information. We wanted to touch on a few things as part of our ongoing dog food and cat food education. This month, let’s discuss the meaning of “by-products” in pet food.

A common misconception is that by-products are an inferior source of nutrition. However, they are common ingredients in both human and pet foods. The definition of a by-product is something that is produced in the making or processing of something else. Seldom will a diet NOT have a by-product in it.

Some examples of by-products are:

Processed soybeans produce Vitamin E = by-product

Processed seeds and fruits (eg. flax seeds, olives) Рflax seed oil,  olive oil = by-product

Beet pulp is the vegetable matter that is left after sugar has been extracted from sugar beets = by-product.

By- product meal includes internal organs such as pork, chicken and beef liver and are an excellent source of copper, vitamin B2 and selenium. They are highly palatable and provide a high quality source of protein.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists beef liver as a significant source of vitamins B6 and D as well as folate, an essential nutrient for cellular health. It is an excellent source of copper, vitamin B2 and selenium. A serving provides about half the protein you need in a day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists beef liver as a significant source of vitamins B6 and D as well as folate, an essential nutrient for cellular health.”

 Gelatin is a by-product found in the human diet.  A.K.A: JELLO!
There are several by-products that are, in fact, beneficial and are quite healthy for us and our pets. It is important to talk with our qualified veterinarians regarding your pet’s nutrition.¬† If you have any questions regarding ingredients in your pets diet, please feel free to come in or call us, and we would be happy to talk with you!
Our Challenge: Look at the ingredients on your pet food label, and research to find which one is a by-product.
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