Whole Paws Dog Food Ingredients

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Whole Paws manufactures roughly 21 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Whole Paws ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Whole Paws uses roughly 128 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Whole Paws, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. vegetable glycerin
  3. water sufficient for processing
  4. pea
  5. garbanzo bean

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Whole Paws is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is vegetable glycerin, followed by water sufficient for processing, pea, and garbanzo bean.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Whole Paws does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 21 Whole Paws dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Whole Paws does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Whole Paws have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Whole Paws.

fish meal
2 Recipes

Fish meal is defined by AAFCO as "the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cutting, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." Since the specific type of fish is not mentioned, we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as tuna meal, salmon meal, catfish meal, etc.

The following recipes contain fish meal:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 3 controversial ingredients inside Whole Paws products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

powdered cellulose
1 Recipes

Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The following recipes contain powdered cellulose:

canola oil
1 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Whole Paws ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Whole Paws Dog Food Ingredient Lists

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Dry Dog Food Grain Free Chicken & Garbanzo Bean Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Dry Dog Food Grain Free Lamb & Lentil Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Dry Dog Food Grain Free Salmon & Pea Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Dry Dog Food Grain Free Salmon & Pea Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Beef & Lentil Feast

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Beef Recipe With Carrots & Sundried Tomatoes In Gravy

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Chicken Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Chicken Recipe With Peas & Sweet Potato In Gravy

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Lamb Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Turkey Feast With Sweet Potato & Cranberries In Gravy

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Premium Dog Food Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Jerky Bites Grain Free Baked Salmon Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Jerky Grain Free Smoked Chicken Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Jerky Strips Grain Free Bacon & Apple Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Jerky Strips Grain Free Roasted Duck Recipe

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Whole Paws (Whole Foods Market) Treats Chicken Flavor Treats For Small Breed Dogs

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