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Decoding One of the Biggest Sources of Confusion on Dog Food Labels: The Guaranteed Analysis

Decoding One of the Biggest Sources of Confusion on Dog Food Labels: The Guaranteed Analysis

Lots of numbers that are hard to put to practical use.

February 2018 - Look at the label on any package of dog food, and the most dizzying part will no doubt be the Guaranteed Analysis, a bunch of numbers given either as percentages or “milligrams per kilogram” with no accompanying key to explain their meaning in a dog’s diet. To make matters more complicated still, each number is listed as a “minimum” or “maximum,” so you don’t know whether you’re getting the least or, conversely, the most allowed. It’s very different from the numbers on the Nutrition Facts label for food eaten by people, which gives more practical information that tells the serving size, the calories in that serving size, and what percentage that serving provides of the total amount advised for various nutrients. It also easily allows people to compare apples to apples, so to speak: one jar of tomato sauce to another, one brand of yogurt to another. Why are the numbers on a dog food label so arcane, by contrast?

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Choosing the Right Doggie Daycare

"Day camp" for a dog who would otherwise be alone or bored all day is often a good idea. But how do you choose one where your dog will be happy and safe?

In the best of all possible worlds, if you have a dog at home, you will be home, too. Or a second dog will be there so the two can keep each other company.

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