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   You might want to avoid YEAST when shopping for dry dog food

December 8, 2016 -

There is a lot of buzz today about buying your dog the absolute best quality food. Many people are avoiding the grain based ones, and switching to ones that claim to be healthier and primarily consisting of meat which is a natural food for canines. One of the best selling new brands is BLUE Buffalo®.

This company is brilliant in marketing, just look at thier new Christmas themed canned dog food called BLUE Santa Stew® Holiday Feast.

Wet pet foods like Blue Santa Stew® do not usually contain YEAST because they are not needed to "make the dough rise".

In dry dog foods they are often used to do to the kibble like what happens with bread, create a fuller airy end product and also to add some nutrients.

There are SO MANY DOG FOODS to choose from though that all claim to be healthier for your dog than typical grocery store brands.

In all the sales hype though, there's one thing that's been mostly overlooked though, YEAST.

YEAST can have detrimental effects for animals especially when sugar is added.

Yeast infections can infect a dog, cat, mouse, bird, or human.

In humans it's called candidiasis or candida albicans.

In birds it rarely would be likely to appear as birds are fed natural seeds.

Not so in pet food though. Pets get processed foods where meat is ground up and processed into a recipe that includes many ingredients.

Yeast is found in so many commercial dog foods, and surprisingly it's also found in the more expensive ones that are touted as being so much better for your dog or cat.

Feeding your dog like a wolf

Some of the sales pitches claim or infer that since your dog comes from the wolf family that you should feed it like one.

This is not necessarily a good analogy though as domesticated dogs have evolved over thousands of years to forrage for food within human populations, wolves don't do that.

This means they will eat a lot of the things that humans do and it's likely that their digestive systems can handle it about as well as humans (issue could be made about fat, salt, and sugar but that's another subject).

Although many of those SOUND WONDERFUL dog foods are double the cost of some other dog foods, there are those that really stretch-------the------wallet.

One of those is called Timberwolf Wild & Natural® LEGENDS.

Many dry dog foods that you find in supermarkets like Gravy Train cost way less than a dollar a pound, they can even be less than $.49 per pound on sale.

This one, Timberwolf Wild & Natural® LEGENDS costs a whopping $6.97/pound when bought in a one pound package!

Of course it's less when buying in bigger sizes.

Based on their website when I placed a 30 pound bag in my cart it would cost $209.21 which comes out to $6.97/pound.

Oh, I guess there isn't a difference for that one.

That might be the most expensive dry dog food anywhere in the universe!

Does it contain YEAST?

Now to the main issue, let's notice one ingredient that seems NOT to be there, YEAST.

Read the ingredients carefully as seen on the company's website in this snapshot from

Did you see YEAST anywhere? No, of course not, that means there is no yeast in the product right?

Actually, there IS YEAST in the product.

Look at the 12th item in the list, it's called Dried Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. That is yeast.

Note: snapshot of the website cut off some of the ingredients, here is full list:


Wild & Natural: Chicken, Herring, Spray Dried Chicken Liver, Green Peas, Garbanzo Beans, Chicken Fat, Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Flaxseed, Spray Dried Chicken, Dried Organic Kelp, Dried Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Sardine Oil, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Dried Celery, Dried Beets, Dried Parsley, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Casein, Dried Whole Milk, Lecithin, Choline Chloride, Minerals: [Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Calcium Pantothenate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite], Vitamins: [Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin (A Source Of Vitamin B3), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin (A Source Of Vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (A Source Of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Hydrochloride (A Source Of Vitamin B1), Biotin (A Source Of Vitamin B7), Citric Acid (A Source Of Vitamin C), Mixed Tocopherols (A Source Of Vitamin E and A natural preservative)], Prebiotics: [Chicory Root (Inulin)], Probiotics: [Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtillus Fermentation Product], Papain, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Beta-Carotene, Fructooligosaccharides, Taurine, L-Carnitine DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract (a natural preservative)

Timberwolf Pet Food official website

How to shop for the best dog food

There is a comprehensive list of available dog foods on but they seemed to miss highlighting in RED this FUNGUS called YEAST that is in Timberwolf Wild & Natural® LEGENDS dog food.

They have yeast highlighted in RED on the ingredient lists when it appears but this is a serious error to not include it's various names in such highlighting.

I also would take issue with their rating system. For this product they rate it highest at 5 stars.

Since yeast overgrowth can be a problem for many dogs and humans, it's questionable whether it would deserve such a high rating. I would give it a 3 star rating MAYBE.

Looking at Gravy Train's ingredients there is no yeast yet it gets only one star.

This is mostly because CORN is considered an evil ingredient now by popular misconceptions, but is corn really so bad?

Chickens eat corn, dogs eat corn fed chickens, protein is protein, it can be broken down by animals, an carbohydrate is quick energy, all animals use both protein and carbohydrates. review of Timberwolf Pet Food 

In conclusion, it might be wise to consider that dogs have lived pretty well for centuries eating a variety of things as have humans.

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