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Chicken meal is a rich source of key nutrients in your dog’s food that help support lean muscle mass and help maintain strong teeth and bones. But what exactly is chicken meal in dog food?

Chicken meal in dog food is the dry, rendered form of real ground chicken, including clean flesh and skin, with or without accompanying bone. It does not contain feathers, heads, feet, or intestines. Chicken meal is made in a multi-step process called rendering, in which the contents are ground up and eventually partially dried.

Because it’s a rich source of many of the specific nutrients your dog’s body needs, chicken meal in dog food can contribute to your dog’s well-being in important ways.  As part of a complete and balanced diet, chicken meal helps support your dog’s overall well-being by helping him maintain a healthy immune system, healthy skin and coat, and lean body mass. For example:

Chicken meal provides protein…

Protein supports your dog’s body to help it function properly. The essential amino acids your dog gets from protein contribute to healthy fur and skin, muscle maintenance and more. Protein is also essential for critical bodily functions including maintaining and replenishing cells and other tissues; and making hormones, antibodies, and enzymes. Protein from chicken meal can help your dog’s body stay healthy in many ways, from supporting strong muscles to immune system function.

Chicken meal provides minerals…

Chicken meal is high in minerals including calcium and phosphorus. These two minerals are important to help support strong bones, which your dog needs to maintain an active lifestyle.

You can find nutrient-rich chicken meal in many dog foods, including formulas from brands such as Purina® Pro Plan®. Some quality options are:

As long as the food you choose contains quality ingredients, and provides complete and balanced nutrition for your dog’s specific life stage, you can be confident that the ingredients used, including chicken meal, serve a specific purpose in your dog’s diet.