All dog foods are required to feature a guaranteed analysis. It must include the minimum percent of crude protein and fat and the maximum percent of crude fiber and moisture. Some companies list additional nutrients but often more for marketing than education purposes. These percentages don’t really help a person understand the actual amounts of nutrients that the product contains.
A better way to compare pet foods, says Parker, is based on the amount of nutrients per 100 calories of food. This allows for informative comparisons between dry and canned foods and foods of different caloric density.
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