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Post by MooMouse on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 12:29 pm

Hello, I'm looking into an organic/natural dog food that I could give my mice as treats once in a while. However, potatoes and tomato pomace appear pretty high up on the ingredient list. I was wondering if anyone knows if these ingredients are safe? I know that tomatoes should be avoided but would it be a big issue if it was in a dog food?

Here are the ingredient lists:

Food #1:
Lamb meal, brown rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, fish oil, potassium chloride, yucca plant extract, choline chloride, calcium propionate, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin B12, d-pantothenic acid, folic acid, d-biotin, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, iodine, cobalt, selenium, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, taurine, glucosamine

Food #2:
Potato, wild herring meal and/or wild anchovy meal and/or wild sardine meal, tomato pomace, chicken fat, (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fish oil, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, calcium propionate, yucca plant extract, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, iodine, cobalt, selenium), vitamins (vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, d–pantothenic acid, thiamine, vitamin A, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin D3), glucosamine.

Food #3:
Potato, chicken meal, chicken fat, (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole blueberries, potassium chloride, methionine, choline chloride, calcium propionate, minerals, (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate,, iodine, cobalt, selenium) vitamins (vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, d–pantothenic acid, thiamine, vitamin A, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, yeast extract (a source of prebiotics), glucosamine

Food #4:
Chicken meal, pearled barley, oat meal, brown rice, potato flour, chicken fat(preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, wild herring meal and/or wild anchovy meal and/or wild sardine meal, fish oil, potassium chloride, methionine, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, kelp, choline chloride, calcium propionate, sage extract, rosemary extract, garlic oil, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, iodine, cobalt, selenium), vitamins (vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, d-pantothenic acid, thiamine, vitamin A, pyridoxine), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, glucosamine.

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 2:18 pm

Cooked potatoes are perfectly safe. Tomatoes are on the avoid list for supposedly being too acidic. I personally don't believe they're a problem in moderation. I would think even less of a concern when cooked into a dog kibble.

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Post by scaredymouse on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 7:13 pm

I agree with Callalily. Potatoes are fine but tomatoes should be avoided. However, a little bit wouldn't hurt them. And the tomato 'pomace' in dog food should be of little consequence. Pomace is basically the tomato leftovers after being processed for everything else like juice/ketchup, sauce. Basically whatever is left is skin, which is rich in fiber, lycopene, and B vitamins. I don't think there is much acidity left at this point. And to top it all off, I'm sure once the dog food is made it is pH balanced in the end anyway. So, I think tomatoes in products are fine. Phew, that was long winded!

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Post by MooMouse on Thu 12 Jan 2017, 8:15 pm

Okay, thank you for all of your help! I'm not sure if I'm going to go with that brand of dog food, but as I continue my search I'll definitely keep your advice in mind. Thanks again!

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