Health & Nutrition

What Are Animal By-Products in Dog Food?

bowl of chicken by-product meal

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. In fact, they're a quality source of nutrition for your dog’s diet and provide important nutritional benefits for your dog by delivering essential 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 dog food. This helps establish a less wasteful food sourcing practice when manufacturing a healthy diet for your dog.

“By-products are a great source of nutrition. Just because liver isn’t flying off the shelves at the grocery store doesn’t mean it is less nutrition than the thigh, it actually contains more nutrition!” Dr. Francis, Just Right Veterinarian

Visit our Ingredients page to learn more about the high quality dog food ingredients used in each unique Just Right blend.

When you build a blend with Just Right, we make it easy to know exactly what is in your dog’s food. Share your dog’s details, select your preferred ingredients, and our team of experts will build a balanced, wholesome, and unique blend for your dog.