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Ingredient Usage Analysis
on January 8, 2018

Rice a common ingredient in dog and cat food

Rice, in one or many forms, is found in nearly half of all dry dog and cat food recipes, at 49 and 47 percent, respectively. It is not as common in wet foods, with some form of rice being found in 30 percent of wet dog food and 23 percent of wet cat food recipes.


rice in pet food
Some form of rice can be found in nearly 50 percent of dry dog and cat food recipes.


21 percent of dry cat food recipes. Different forms of brown rice listed include brown rice, ground brown rice, whole grain brown rice, brown rice flour and other forms of brown rice.

In dry foods, brewers rice is the second most commonly found form of rice, found in 19 percent of dry dog and 20 percent of dry cat foods. Brewers yeast is not common in wet foods, being found in roughly 3 percent of wet dog and cat food recipes.

Ground rice, which includes both ground white and brown rice, is in approximately 9 percent of dry ingredient decks and 4 percent of wet ingredient decks.

Rice bran is unusual in that is appears in nearly 10 percent of dry dog food ingredients, but is almost nonexistent in wet dog food and dry and wet cat food. 


different forms of rice in pet food
Brown rice is the most commonly used rice in dog and cat food recipes.


It appears manufacturers favor a specific description when putting rice in the ingredient deck. The term rice, by itself, appears in only 3.2 percent of dry dog food, 4.6 percent of wet dog food, 3 percent of dry cat food and 6 percent of wet cat food recipes.

White rice is listed in four percent of dry dog and 3 percent of dry cat recipes, but less than 1 percent of wet recipes. 

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