Glossary > Red Ingredient Glossary

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Used as a flavoring in pet foods. A starting material for many pesticides, dye, and drugs.

Animal Digest   

That portion of an animal chemically broken down. It is a non-specific ingredient that can be from multiple renders animals.

Animal Fat   

A non-spcific animal fat that can come be from a single species or multiple specioes and can change every time the food is made.

Animal Protein By-Prodducts   

Generally made of that portion of an animal other than the meat.


Chemical preservatives known to cause cancer and banned in parts of the world.

Bone Meaal   

Non-specific ground bone from a single animal or multiple animals and can change every time the food is made.

Corn Gluten   

The poorly digested protein portion of corn.

Corn Syrup   

An simple sugar that is unnecessary in a diet, treat. or supplent for a carnivore.

Dicalcium Phosphate   

Unnecessary additive that improves texture.


Sodium Erythrobate is used in human meats to help cure,maintauiin freshness and color. Has the potential to provide excess sodium to the diet of seniors with heart issues.


A chemical preservative know to cause cancer.

Fish Oil and Fish Extract   

Non-specific rendered ingredients that can be from one fish or multiple fish and can change every time the oil is produced.

Food Dyes/Coloring Agents   

Synthetic coloring agents (Yellow 5, Blue 2 are examples).


A simple sugar that is unnecessary in a diet, treat or supplent for a carnivore.


A chemical detergent used in toothpaste as an anti-stain whitener.


Rendered fat from the pig, often treated with bleaching and deodorizing agents. Chemical preservatives are often added.

Meat and Bone Meal   

A non-specific, lower quality protein sourse.


A flavor enhancer used in human foods but uinnecessary in a protein focused carnivore diet.


A human food additive used to improve color and taste. In pet foods, they are used a chemical preserative, however, over time it can accumulate and cause issues.

Non-Specific Ingredients   

Every ingredient shouild be specific to ensure the food, treat or supplement is made the same every time it is made.

Palm Kernal Oil   

Can act as a laxitive and cause digestive issues.


A chemical preservative.

Peanut Hulls   

An insoluable fiber that can cause an irritation to the gut.

Potassiun Sorbate   

A Synthetic, chemical preservative.

Pre- and Polyfluoroalkyl )PFAS)   

Known as “Forever Chemicals” because they are resistent to breaking down. Used a coatings for packaging. Harmful to the enviornment.

Propyl Galate   

A chemical preservative.

Propylene Glycol   

A synthetic petroleum derivitave and close relative to antifreeze.

Rice Hulls   

An insoluble fiber that can be irritating to the gut.


A common allergen used as a low quality protein sourse in some foods.Can cause digetive issues in some pets.

Soybean and Wheat Mill Run By-Products   

Low quality fractions of whole grains that are highly processed,


A refined carbohydrate unnecessary in a carnivore diet.


A lower quality, poorly digested fat usually derived from multiple sources.


An artificial chemical dye also known as FD&C or yellow dye 5

Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (TSPP)   

A chemical emulsifier seen in cat foods to improve palatability.

Wheat Gluten   

Poorly digested protein portion of wheat, a known allergen.

Xylitol and Sorbitol   

Artificial sweeteners not necessary in pet foods. Used in chewing gum and food produvts. Xylitol is extremly toxic to dogs and cats.

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