What are animal by-products?

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Animal By-products in Dog Food

By-products used in pet foods are ingredients produced or left over from human food production. By-products are an excellent source of protein and other nutrients. Purina uses only high-quality by-products that meet or exceed guidelines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). 

Healthy and appropriately-sourced animal by-products play an important role in complete and balanced dog foods as well as in human foods by allowing us to use, rather than waste, nutritious components of a whole food ingredient. By-products are an important component in feeding a growing population of humans and pets alike.

The by-products selected for Purina dog foods must meet our guidelines based upon the standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Our by-products may include meat trimmings, lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys from the non-rendered, clean parts of animals and poultry. Purina pet food products do not use feathers, hide, hair, hooves, and intestinal contents of animals. All Purina dog foods are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Nutrient-rich By-products

A complete and balanced diet for your dog is more than pure protein, since dogs are omnivores, not carnivores. Omnivores like dogs and humans thrive on meats, grains and vegetables. Beneficial carbohydrate and healthy fats are necessary for your dog’s health in addition to protein. Nutrients like calcium and other vitamins and minerals are not fully provided by muscle meat alone. Healthy by-products are rich in many vitamins and minerals that supply your dog’s food with beneficial nutrients. 

We hope you gained some insight into the dietary needs of your dog. Find out more about the Purina® dog foods that will help your dog thrive.

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