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Meat meal is a term that is often found on dog food labels. But what does it actually mean and what's behind it? In this article, you will find out what meat meal is, how it is produced and what advantages and disadvantages it has for your dog's diet.

What is meat meal?

Meat meal is an animal by-product obtained from slaughterhouse waste such as bones, tendons, cartilage, skin, feathers or fur. These are chopped up, cooked, degreased and dried until they are processed into a powdery concentrate. Meat meal contains a lot of protein and minerals, but also fat and ash.

How is meat meal used in dog food?

Meat meal is often used as a source of protein in dog food because it is cheaper than fresh or dried meat. It can be found in both dry and wet food. The quality of meat meal depends on the origin and processing of the raw materials. There are different types of meat meal, named after the animal species, for example beef meal, poultry meal or fish meal. Some manufacturers also use the term "animal protein" or "animal by-product" to disguise the exact composition.

What are the benefits of meat meal for your dog?

Meat meal can have some benefits for your dog's diet if it is of good quality and fed in appropriate quantities. For one thing, it provides a lot of protein, which is important for muscle building, cell regeneration and your dog's immune system. Secondly, it contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron, which are essential for your dog's bone, dental and blood health.

What are the disadvantages of meat meal for your dog?

Meat meal can also have some disadvantages for your dog's health if it is of poor quality or fed in excessive quantities. On the one hand, it can trigger allergies or intolerances if your dog is sensitive to certain animal species or ingredients. On the other hand, it can lead to an oversupply of protein or minerals, which can contribute to kidney, liver or joint problems in your dog.

How do you recognize good meat meal in dog food?

To recognize good meat meal in dog food, you should always look at the ingredients list. Make sure that the animal species is clearly stated and that no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives have been added. You should also pay attention to the ratio of protein to ash. Ash is the proportion of mineral residues in the meat meal. The higher the ash content, the lower the quality of the meat meal. A good meat meal should have a protein content of at least 50% and a maximum ash content of 10%.

How much meat meal should your dog get?

The optimum amount of meat meal for your dog depends on various factors, such as his age, size, activity level and state of health. In general, however, the more meat meal your dog's food contains, the less food your dog needs per day.

Meat meal is an animal by-product obtained from slaughterhouse waste such as bones, tendons, cartilage, skin, feathers or fur. It is ground, cooked, defatted and dried until it becomes a powdery concentrate. Meat meal is often used as a source of protein in dog food, but it also contains fat and ash. The quality of meat meal can vary and there are different types depending on the species it comes from.

Advantages of meat meal for dogs are the high protein intake and important minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron. Disadvantages can occur if low-quality meat meal is used or if it leads to allergies or oversupply.

Selecting high quality meat meal in dog food requires checking the ingredients list, the animal species and the protein to ash ratio. The amount of meat meal that should be fed to your dog depends on several factors, including age, size, activity level and health status.


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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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