What Does Crude Protein Really Mean in a Dry Dog Food?

What Does Crude Protein Really Mean in a Dry Dog Food? Is the amount of crude protein in kibble a reliable way to judge the best dog food for your own pooch? Maybe not! I think the words “crude protein” should have a blinking caution light on dog food labels. Those two words can be […]

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Crude Protein

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-05-2022) #795C: Tracie’s most-read blog is about crude protein (which is a mystery to her!) so she invited veterinary nutritionist Ryan Yamka to discuss what “crude protein” actually refers to in a pet food and how that value is determined. Spoiler alert: crude protein is NOT referring to the amount […]

About those “Pets Are the Best Medicine” Ads

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-19-2017) #538: Steve Feldman is the Executive Director of HABRI (the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute) and talks about the hilarious mock-ad videos they made with Zoetis called “Pets are the best medicine, which are now in the NY Dog Film Festival;” Dr. Paul Kline from CityVet in Texas (which is […]

All About Crude Protein

Pet Food Advisors (07-10-2017) #7054: Ryan Yamka (PhD, MS, MBA, FACN, PAS, Dipl ACAS) talks about crude protein—what it means, how it’s measured. He is a companion animal nutritionist who studied protein and amino acids in canine nutrition for his graduate degrees and has worked for many top pet food companies. He co-authored the macronutrients […]

The Mystery of “Crude Protein:” What is it, really?

The Mystery of “Crude Protein:” What is it, really? Read the label on your dog’s food, and you’ll see a section called “Guaranteed Analysis.” That’s called the “ingredient dec” (or “declaration”) in pet food manufacturing lingo.  Listed there, along with all the ingredients, you’ll find percentages for moisture, crude fiber, crude fat, and crude protein. […]

What Does Crude Protein Really Mean in Dry Dog Food?

What Does Crude Protein Really Mean in a Dry Dog Food? The most popular blog I’ve ever written was about what “crude protein” really means — and whether the amount of crude protein in kibble is a reliable way to judge the best dog food for your own pooch. So I want to tell people […]

Dog Nutrition: “Crude Protein” In Dry Dog Food

“Crude protein” is one of those measurements that can be especially slippery for us to figure out when choosing a dog food. I feel as though “crude protein” should have a yellow caution flag next to it because this pair of words on dog food labels is so misleading. Protein is the most expensive ingredient […]

Beware: “Crude Protein” Doesn’t Mean What You Think!

It came as a big surprise to me to learn that the words “crude protein” that you see on all bags of pet food — that you are carefully looking for on the label — don’t really have anything directly to do with what we think of as being protein — meat, fish or poultry. […]