Healthy Dog Food Ingredients | Eukanuba


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In a world of ordinary dog foods, there is an alternative… Eukanuba®: Extraordinary Nutrition

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Chicken By-Product Meal

The chicken-protein sources contained in Eukanuba chicken-based dog foods undergo an extra refining process to further improve the protein quality. Chicken, chicken meal, and chicken by-product meal are excellent and complete sources of protein. These sources naturally contain the amino acids that are essential to dogs.

We utilize chicken by-product meal in our chicken-based formulas. This meal contains internal organs, which are rich sources of protein, fats, and minerals such as iron that are essential to dog health and add to the palatability of the pet food. Including some ground bone provides a good source of minerals such as calcium, and cartilage provides a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. Some dog-food manufacturers formulate their products without ingredients like chicken by-product meal to appeal to owners, even though chicken by-product meal provides excellent nutrition to dogs. At Eukanuba, we take great effort to educate the pet owner and focus wholly on the nutritional needs of the pet.

Why Chicken By-Product Meal?

  • Highly concentrated protein source
  • Rich source of fats and minerals, such as iron
  • Helps maintain muscle mass
  • Enhances metabolic processes
  • Provides the 10 essential amino acids
  • Promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate formulated to help support healthy joints


Beet Pulp

We’ve conducted extensive research on many types of fibers. The results of this research: Beet pulp, a moderately fermentable fiber, promotes a healthy intestine and works with other nutrients to provide optimal nutrition in Eukanuba formulas. P&G Pet Care (Eukanuba and Iams®) holds a patent for moderately fermentable beet pulp.

Beet pulp is the material which remains after sugar is extracted from sugar beets—not red beets. Beet pulp is a source of fiber in dog and cat diets.

Moderately Fermentable Fiber

Fiber can be classified as non-fermentable or fermentable. Non-fermentable fiber remains undigested as it passes through the intestines, thereby providing bulk to move wastes out. Cellulose is a non-fermentable fiber. Fermentable fiber is broken down in the intestines into short-chain fatty acids that provide energy for cells lining the intestine.

A moderately fermentable fiber such as beet pulp does both, providing bulk to move waste and energy for cells lining the intestine.

Why Beet Pulp?

  • Moderately fermentable fiber
  • Promotes the production of short-chain fatty acids
  • Provides energy to cells lining the intestines
  • Aids in nutrient absorption and digestion, which lead to solid fecal consistency


Sorghum, Barley, Brewers Rice, and Corn Meal

Eukanuba research has shown that some products are best formulated using a combination of carbohydrate sources. Such a combination offers carbohydrate digestibility and helps maintain energy levels.

Eukanuba dog foods contain a variety of carbohydrate ingredients.

Sorghum: Grain Sorghum, also called milo, is cracked, finely ground, and cooked before it is added to dry dog foods. This carbohydrate provides essential amino acids and sustained energy.

Barley: Eukanuba uses whole-grain barley that is cooked at high temperatures and finely ground in our dry dog food formulas. Barley provides a slow blood-glucose response for more sustained energy.

Brewers Rice: Small kernels of white rice—separated from the larger kernels of milled rice—are ground and cooked at high temperatures to optimize digestibility. Brewers rice provides an excellent source of quick energy.

Corn Meal: Eukanuba uses high-quality corn meal—corn kernels that have been finely ground to break up the outside covering of each kernel, which then are cooked at high temperatures to increase digestibility. Corn meal provides a sustained level of energy and important amino acids.

Why a Carbohydrate Blend?

  • The slow, even breakdown of the carbohydrate sources results in moderate, stable blood-glucose levels after a meal.
  • Provides energy when needed (instant and sustained)
  • Highly digestible
  • Provides essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals
  • Excellent source of dietary fiber


Corn (Meal or Grits)

Only the highest-quality corn is used in Eukanuba dry dog foods. Corn kernels are not used whole, but are ground into a fine meal, which ensures increased digestibility. Because of this processing, it’s more than appropriate to associate the corn meal used in Eukanuba dry dog foods with that used to make corn bread, rather than with corn on the cob.

Scientific research shows that ground corn is 98% digestible, with less than 2% of the ground corn being fiber. This means more nutrition remains in a dog’s digestive system, providing high-quality carbohydrates for essential energy. In Eukanuba formulas, corn grits and corn meal are both used to promote optimal digestibility.

Corn grits: The hard, coarse portions of ground corn, which contain little or no fiber or protein, are used in Eukanuba formulas to provide an excellent source of energy.

Corn meal: Eukanuba uses high-quality corn meal—corn kernels that have been finely ground to break up the outside covering of each kernel, which then are cooked at high temperatures to increase digestibility. Corn meal provides a sustained level of energy and important amino acids.

Why Corn Meal or Corn Grits?

  • Lower glycemic and insulin response than rice
  • Essential nutrients delivered more efficiently; less waste
  • Minimized swings in blood glucose
  • Sustained supply of energy

Digestive System

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

Maintaining the balance of beneficial and potentially pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract is critical for good health. Studies show that feeding dogs a diet with prebiotics helps promote a good bacterial balance. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and activity of digestive-system bacteria that are beneficial to your dog’s health. Eukanuba includes the natural prebiotic fiber FOS in all of our dog foods.

At Eukanuba, we believe good health for a dog starts from the inside out. The key function of the digestive tract is to absorb nutrients. What a dog eats is processed through the digestive tract; during this process, the digestive tract acts as a guardian for the rest of the dog’s body. By helping strike the right balance between beneficial and potentially pathogenic bacteria, the prebiotic FOS helps to promote a healthy GI system and strong defenses.

Why FOS?

  • Helps a dog’s digestion
  • A natural fiber
  • Produces short-chain fatty acids that provide energy for cells

Oral Health

Sodium Hexametaphosphate (HMP)

All Eukanuba adult dry dog foods provide oral health benefits through the mechanical crunching action of dry kibble. Additionally, Eukanuba adult dry dog foods contain sodium hexametaphosphate (HMP), a source of phosphorus that helps reduce tartar buildup with every meal.

Teeth play an important role in the digestive process. However, as they grind up food, debris accumulates on the tooth surface and attracts bacteria. This accumulation of debris and bacteria is called plaque. Plaque is easily removed from teeth by brushing—that is, when teeth are brushed frequently.

If the plaque isn’t brushed away, mineral deposits cause it to harden on the teeth. This is called tartar. Dark yellow or brown accumulations on the teeth are indicators of tartar, which is difficult to remove. If left untreated, plaque can lead to damage of the gums (gingivitis) or the jawbones and teeth (periodontitis).

Studies show that feeding a Eukanuba diet with HMP can help reduce tartar buildup by as much as 55%.*

* Percent reduction of tartar buildup for Eukanuba Adult Maintenance with Micro-Cleaning Crystal Technology versus Eukanuba Adult Maintenance without Micro-C

Why Sodium Hexametaphosphate?

  • Helps reduce tartar buildup between cleanings
  • Does not affect the nutrient content of the food or the size of the kibble, and also has a cleaning effect on all teeth
  • Works throughout the whole mouth, not just on the chewing surface, during and after meals