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For some time on the net it is increasingly possible to read articles that explain how to interpret the labels of pet food and often their authors focus, rightly, on a particular item that is reported in the chemical analysis of the feed, the ” Crude Ashes “.

When is a kibble of good quality?

We now know what raw ashes are, they are the inorganic residue given by the incineration of the product in its processing stages.

That ash is mainly made up of an inorganic substance in a solid state, of natural origin, with a well-defined chemical composition and a crystalline structure that we humans also need because it is necessary for our psychophysical well-being.

We are talking about mineral salts or macro elements such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc.

In the second half of the 18th century Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, precursor of modern chemistry, pronounced the famous phrase “ Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed ”.

If we take a piece of meat or a piece of wood and burn it to ashes, after removing the water that evaporates with all the volatile elements, what remains are the minerals contained in them.

Are high-percentage crude ash synonymous with low quality?

This is true when meat derivatives such as bones, cartilage, feathers, etc. are used to produce a kibble . which are rich in minerals, but low in proteins; consequently the final level of crude ash deriving from this production process, with good reason, can be considered of poor quality.

However, it is not true if , as a raw material, good quality cuts of fresh meat or even 100% HFC are used: it is also very rich in minerals, but in this case the statement that a high percentage of ash may indicate a low quality of the final product.

Those who manage to obtain very low ash values ​​do not use fresh meat in their recipe, but only hydrolyzed proteins and the quality is certainly not that of fresh meat.

In conclusion

The quality of a pet food is given by the type of raw materials used and the production process that is used to make this feed.

As usual, the best suggestion to give is always to use common sense and rely on the advice of your trusted veterinarian.

The Staff of Nuova Fattoria