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Meat hydrolyzate

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Meat is an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals for dogs. However, not all meat is the same. Some dog foods contain meat hydrolyzate, which is obtained from meat through a chemical reaction with water. What exactly is meat hydrolyzate and what advantages and disadvantages does it have for your dog?

What is meat hydrolyzate?

Meat hydrolyzate is a product obtained by hydrolyzing meat. This means that the meat is treated with water and enzymes to break it down into smaller components. These components are mainly amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Meat hydrolyzate can come from different animal species such as beef, pork, poultry or fish.

Why is meat hydrolyzate used in dog food?

Meat hydrolyzate has several advantages for dog food manufacturers. Firstly, it is a cost-effective and high-yielding source of protein that can be obtained from meat waste. Secondly, it improves the digestibility and acceptance of the food, as the meat is virtually "pre-digested". This means that the dog can absorb and utilize the protein better. Meat hydrolyzate also has an intense taste and smell, which can encourage your dog to eat it.

What are the disadvantages of meat hydrolyzate for my dog?

Meat hydrolyzate is not necessarily bad for your dog, but it does have some disadvantages. For one thing, it is not a natural and species-appropriate diet for your dog, who would normally eat fresh and raw meat. Secondly, meat hydrolyzate can trigger allergies or intolerances if your dog is sensitive to certain types of meat or additives. Meat hydrolysate can also disguise the quality and origin of the meat, as it does not have to be declared exactly.

How can you recognize meat hydrolyzate in dog food?

Meat hydrolyzate can appear under various names in dog food, such as

  • Meat and animal by-products (hydrolyzed)
  • Meat meal (hydrolyzed)
  • Meat protein (hydrolyzed)
  • Hydrolyzed animal protein
  • hydrolyzed meat

If you want to avoid meat hydrolyzate in dog food, you should pay attention to the exact composition and declaration of the food. It's best to choose a food that contains fresh, high-quality meat that is specified by species and proportion. This way you can be sure that your dog is getting what it needs.


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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊

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