You may have heard that animal by-products are low quality ingredients that shouldn’t be in pet food, but that’s a common misconception. While Just Right® by Purina® doesn't use animal by-products in our blends of food, they're actually a quality source of nutrition for your dog’s diet.
So what exactly are animal by-products? Simply put, a by-product is any ingredient produced or left over from food production for humans. These ingredients provide important nutritional benefits for your dog, like protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Animal by-products are often parts of an animal that dogs would eat in the wild, but aren’t always used for human consumption. These animal by-products include liver, kidneys or other clean organs. Using animal by-products allows food manufacturers to help keep nutritious ingredients from going to waste. Rather than wasting portions of an animal that aren’t used in human food production, their nutritional benefits can be put to use for your dog in a complete and balanced diet. This helps establish a less wasteful food sourcing practice when manufacture a healthy diet for your dog.
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