When buying food for your dog, it’s easy to get confused about what ingredients really are good for your dog’s health. At the end of the day, you just want to know: “What’s the best food for my dog?” We hear you, and we want to give you the knowledge behind the ingredients we’ve chosen for our Just Right® by Purina® blends. We believe that every ingredient has a purpose, and we want to show you how we use all ingredients to deliver complete, balanced nutrition to your dog.

Read on to learn about a few of our ingredients and get to know what’s in your dog’s bag of Just Right®.

Corn gluten meal in dog food

Often misinterpreted as filler, the truth about corn gluten meal is simple: it’s an excellent source of protein and amino acids for your dog. After removing the starch, germ, and bran from kernels of corn, the remaining corn gluten is ground into a meal that contains highly concentrated amounts of protein. Compared to chicken, which has an average of less than 20% protein per gram, corn gluten meal contains an average of 60 to 70% protein per gram, making it a great ingredient to help make sure your dog is getting enough protein in every bite.

Corn gluten meal also helps give structure to the crunchy kibbles in our formulas. The consistency of gluten helps to hold our ingredients together in kibble form, making sure that each scoop of food gives your dog the nutrition he needs.

Oat meal in dog food

The oat meal we use in your dog’s Just Right® blend is a little different than the breakfast dish you might imagine. The oat meal that we receive from our suppliers arrives as a fine powder that we blend with other ingredients.

Our oat meal serves as a great source of carbohydrate and fiber for your dog. It’s a key ingredient that also contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that helps support the health of your dog’s skin and coat.

Pea starch in dog food

For those that prefer grain free dog food, Just Right® offers blends that use pea starch. Derived from the yellow field pea, we use the starch from these vegetables in our grain free dog food recipes to give your dog carbohydrate for energy. The pea starch comes to us in a powder form, which we then blend into the mix with other ingredients in our formulas.

Far from fillers, corn gluten meal, oat meal, and pea starch pack a lot of purpose into each kibble. In Just Right®’s recipes, they’re key ingredients that help maximize your dog’s nutrition and ensure he’s getting a complete and balanced meal in every bowl.

Get to know more of the ingredients we use in Just Right® blends or start creating a personalized blend of food for your dog to see the ingredients that are right for his unique nutritional needs.

BONUS READS: Learn more about what goes into your dog's nutrition. Should I Choose Grain or Grain-Free Dog Food? and How to Read a Dog Food Label