Chicken vs Chicken Meal In Dog Food………Which Is Best?

 Chicken is a very popular protein source in dog food these days and rightly so. Protein is a building block that a dog's whole body depends on for a healthy heart, lungs, skin, fur you name it. If you pay close attention to the ingredient list, you'll see chicken meal in dog food and then just chicken in others.


So what's the difference? Is one better than the other? Well, actually yes, but it's probably not the one you think it is:-)


Dr. Jane Bicks, veterinarian and product formulator for Life's Abundance dog food, does a great job of explaining about chicken:


"Chicken, first of all, is deboned chicken. It comes off the carcass of the animal. Thanksgiving dinner is a great example. After the dinner all that is left of the turkey is the strings of viscera, some tendons and ligaments and some meat in pockets of the bone. That is the meat that is used in dry dog food. Also that meat, doesn’t have a good nutritional profile (poor protein for sure) and has 40 – 60% water."


In contrast, chicken meal is the meat of the chicken with only 10% water which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater “protein content” in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat.

NOTE** "Chicken by product meal" is not the same as chicken meal and should be avoided.


To a pet parent, chicken sounds like the better protein source, doesn't it? 


Chicken meal vs chicken? Bottom line, a high-quality chicken meal is always a better choice when it comes to protein in dog food.


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