CeleB dog foods and fillers

It would seem some of our animal loving celebs are jumping  on the pet food bandwagon.

Having read what they are putting their names to I have to ask if they REALLY have any clue what they are talking about.

Lets just clarify what fillers are in animal feed.

Fillers and grains used in lower-quality dog foods consist of corn, brewers rice, beet pulp, feathers, and cotton hulls often have little nutritional value for your pet and some are only used to hold the dry kibble together or to
help your dog feel fuller, thus less hungry (think ‘diet’ foods). The following is a partial list of the grains and filler definitions used in the pet food industry today according to the American Association of Feed Control Officials.


Corn: Unspecified corn product.
Corn Gluten Meal: The dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or
by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.
Brewer’s Rice: The dried extracted residue of rice resulting from the manufacture of wort (liquid portion of malted grain) or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.
Beet Pulp: The dried residue from sugar beets.

Chicken Meal  has  been rendered twice (cooked), losing almost all valuable nutritional value. Meal may also contain a majority of bone, and may not have any meat content at all.

So onward to 2 foods that have recently caught my attention….

The first is Halopets dry food:  http://shop.halopets.com/Dry-Dog

Advertised as :

  • Highest quality protein: Whole meat, vegetables and whole grains
  • No by-products, no rendered meats, and no meals that can irritate digestive tracts
  • Helps keep teeth clean and strong, helps maintain body tone and lean muscle mass
  • 95% digestibility: higher nutritional absorption
  • Naturally rich source of key amino acids to help preserve heart and eye health
  • High protein, low carb formula meets the needs of senior dogs

A pretty accurate description all in all.

Ingredients: Chicken, Whole Dried Eggs, Pea Protein, Oats, Vegetable Broth, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Pea Flour, Chicken Liver, Wild Salmon, Flaxseed, Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Pea Fiber, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Green Beans, Carrots, Cranberries, Zucchini, Alfalfa, Inulin, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Folic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Enterococcous Faecium, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Sodium Selenite.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein – 28.0% Min
Crude Fat – 16.0% Min
Crude Fiber – 6.5% Max
Moisture – 10.0% Max
Omega 6 Fatty Acids – 3.0% Min*
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – .48% Min*
Taurine – 0.1% Min*
Lactobacillus Acidophilus – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
Bifidobacterium Longum – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
Lactobacillus Plantarum – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
Enterococcous Faecium – 120,000,000 CFU/lb Min*
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles


All in all an expensive, but not a bad food at all IMHO. The only grains being oats and barley.

Would I buy this for my dogs? errr maybe…at  a push… but it is  pricey.

The second food I want to address is NUTRISH Dry Dog food.


Advertised as :

  • Simple, natural ingredients including real beef or chicken, wholesome grains & veggies — real meat is the #1 ingredient.
  • Formulated for overall health and wellness.
  • No chicken by-product meal or fillers.
  •  No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives.
  • 100% complete & balanced nutrition for dogs
  • http://www.rachaelray.com/pets/nutrish.php

    Upon reading  the ingredients I see CHICKEN MEAL, BREWERS RICE, Corn Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Corn Gluten Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp.  According to AAFCO ALL of these are FILLERS.

    The ingredients are :

    Beef, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Corn Gluten Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dehydrated Alfalfa, Dried Peas, Dried Tomatoes, Dried Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Olive Oil, Iron Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Dried Parsley, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Mixed Tocopherols, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Folic Acid

    SO my  question is… AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE ? or is NUTRISH the same food as any other cheap Supermarket brand, with just a little less filler?

    I contacted the makers of NUTRISH and asked about the fillers/ no fillers dilema, by both email and phone, I did not get a satisfactory answer from the CS rep, and  was told they would answer my email when they got round to it as they are busy.

    Would I by this food for  my pets…. NO

    I home cook for my two elderly dogs, and am convinced,beyond a doubt that home cooking  has very possibly extended their lives. Roth suffers from LP, Bear has cushings disease, since going over to home cooked food a couple of years ago, (just before Bear was first diagnosed, but was already showing signs of cushings) I  have seen Roths LP attacks decrease, and with medication BEAR has improved and lived beyond the 2 year limit between diagnosis and death.
     Home cooking  is the way to go.


    3 thoughts on “CeleB dog foods and fillers

    1. Recognized experts in pet nutrition still debate regularly and often about what exactly constitutes a “by-product” in pet food. The simple truth of the matter is that by-products are not so simple to define and all by-products are NOT created equal.

      Ingredients like corn gluten meal and soybean meal are not by-products but are co-products of accepted manufacturing processes. This means in the manufacturing of the ingredient (for example soy beans), a brand new ingredient results (of no less quality – just a new ingredient!). In the case of soy bean meal, the removal of soy bean oil from the soy beans results in a highly concentrated plant protein – and as we’ve discussed in the past, companion animals and dogs in particular need proteins from both animal and plant sources to deliver 100% complete and balanced nutrition as required by AAFCO guidelines.

      Our product contains an ingredient called chicken meal. Chicken meal is made from real chicken with most of the water and fat removed. Chicken meal does NOT contain heads, feet, or intestines.

      These commonly used parts of a chicken are a great source of protein. Think about making chicken soup at home from scratch – many people boil the necks and backs of whole chickens to make chicken stock for soup and other recipes. And we all know human beings love to eat wings! Chicken meal contains these parts of the chicken.

      Chicken meal is different from Chicken By-Product Meal (that, by the way, is not found in Rachael Ray ™ Nutrish but can be found in many other commercially available super premium dog food brands). Many consumers find this particular ingredient less than desirable because chicken by-product meal contains the necks, backs, wings, undeveloped eggs and entrails of the chicken. Again, we do not use chicken by-product meal in Rachael Ray Nutrish ™.

      Other commonly used by-product that we DO NOT use in Rachael Ray Nutrish ™ is meat and bone meal.

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