Glossary > Yellow Ingredient Glossary

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Brewer’s Rice   

The small milled fragments of rice kernals that have been separated from the larger kernals of milled rice. A by-product of rice milling.

Caramel Colour   

Caramel colour may consist of an assortment of different ingredients some may be synthetic and created in a lab.


A fiber source that can be made from wood and may cause digestive irritation.


A non-nutritional emulsifier in some canned foods that may cause issues inflammation in the body.


A whole grain used in some pet foods. An ideal source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. A low-quality source of protein when used in excess.

Fish Oil and Fish Extract   

A non-specific ingredient or a permanent mixture of fish oils.

Fish Meal   

A concentrated form of non-specific fish meat.

Glyceryl Monostearate   

A colorless, odorless, and sweet-tasting additive that is commonly used as a food additive to thicken and preserve foods.


An artificial sweetener used as a carrier in some supplements. Primarily derived from corn or wheat. Can cause digestive issues and even allergic reactions in excessive amounts.

Magnesium Sterate   

The magnesium salt of steriaric acid, a naturally occuring fatty acid. Excessive amounts may irritate the digestive tract.

Mineral Oil   

A highly refined oil. Mineral oil alone should be given with a great deal of caution as it can pass into the respiratory system and may cause aspiration pneumonia. It can be used safely as a carrier in supplements.

Natural Flavors   

Natural flavors may contain artificial and chemical ingredients.


Molasses is a natural simple sugar.

Oat Hulls   

Oat Hulls need to be ground finely to avoid irritation and inflamation in the digestive system.

Oat Bran   

Oat Bran is outer hull of the oat seed. A source of fiber that needs to be ground finely to avoid irritation in the digestive system.


Small amounts in foods and treats it is generally safe. Larger amounts may be toxic.

Salt/Sodium Chloride-Yellow   

The level of salt in a food, treat, or supplement is important. Too much salt may be detrimental for older animals and encourage increased water consumption.

Sodium Chloride   

Table salt can provide excess sodium and increase water consumption and may cause heart issues in senior pets

Sodium Tripolyphposphate   

An additive that is mainly used in pet food for the purpose of binding water.

Sodium Starch Glycolate-Yellow   

An additive often used as a gelling agent in pet food.

Sodium Starch Glycolate   

A modified potato starch. Only very small amounts are acceptable.

Sodium Phosphate   

An additive that is mainly used in pet food for the purpose of binding water.


Sugars may be addictive to pets and a palatability enhancer. Not appropriate in a pet’s diet.

Stearic Acid   

A saturated long chain fatty acid. Stearic Acid derived from certain sources may pose a danger due to pesticide residue.

Titanium Dioxide-Yellow   

Is used to enhance the brilliance of colors and provides whitening. It is appoved for use in the US but it has recently been banned by the European Union (EU).

Wheat Flour   

A processed portion of ground wheat that contains gluten.

Water (as a first ingredient)   

Water listed as a first ingredient is not ideal.

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