Dogs are omnivorous carnivores and require their diet to have a meat protein source. We have broken the meat analysis scoring into two parts – the first awards points for the ingredient based on quality and nutritional benefit to the dog, the second is for the percentage of meat quantity found in the food.
Meat quality in pet food is broken down into 4 different categories which are listed below. The more points awarded the better meat quality.
Fresh Whole Carcass is a good protein source, and is usually well digested, with a great range of proteins and amino acids. However, with whole carcass it is difficult to determine the bone content in ratio to the meat muscle content of this ingredient.
Organs are great sources of different proteins and add extra vitamins and minerals to the food. A very digestible protein source that utilise a good amino acid profile for your pet.
Fresh Carcass is a very good source of protein which is very easy to digest and has a good quantity and range of amino acids.
Fresh deboned meat is the pinnacle of protein sources, being highly digestible, with a great range of proteins and amino acids. Deboned meat increases the digestibility of the food ensuring your pet gets the nutrients it needs without undigestible bone matter.
Dogs require a high meat content in their diet for sustainability, growth and repair. Having a high meat content percentage will mean better digestibility and better nutritional value to the dog. The boxes below show the scores given for varying percentages of content in the food.