Feeding Human-Grade Food Is Healthy For Your Dogs - Myth or Fact?

by Manya Vaish

Everyone knows that eating fresh food is important for the overall health of humans, but what about our dogs? 

Human diets are consistently improving over time as we learn more about nutrition and the dangers of processed food. However, realizing that the same code goes for our dogs is equally important. Most of the commercial dog food brands are devoid of the nutritional value they require.

Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz around human-grade dog food. The human-grade ingredients which are good for us are even healthy for our dogs. We’ll prove to you that it’s not just a marketing strategy. Human-grade dog food is equally healthy, nutritious, and reliable as the food you eat.

What is Human-Grade Dog Food?

When it comes to feeding your dogs, you might often get confused with what nutrient choices are best for them. From the available varieties of food, you will always roll back to two options - feed-grade ingredients and human-grade ingredients.

The term “human-grade dog food” describes food that is edible for people as well as dogs. In order to produce human-grade food, proper standards must be followed by food producers. These include:

  • Every ingredient should be fit for human consumption.
  • Every ingredient and finished food prepared for dogs should be stored, handled, processed, and transported in a manner consistent and compliant with current good manufacturing processes for human edible foods.
  • The manufacturing facility should be licensed to produce human food by the appropriate authority.
  • Pet food with human-grade claims must be labeled for its intended use (e.g. dog food).

All kibbled pet food brands have been labeled as feed-grade since no dry food matches the standard for their facility to meet human-grade status.

What Is Pet-Grade Dog Food?

Pet-grade dog food is made up of material that has been determined to consist of any indigestible wastes, condemned parts, or other by-products deemed unfit for human consumption which is then used for pet food, where the quality and safety of ingredients are unregulated.

Besides this, feed-grade ingredients require heavy processing to kill bacteria, whereas human-grade ingredients are packed with fresh, natural nutrients.

Benefits of human-grade ingredients for dogs

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Analyzing The Low-Quality Feed-Grade Ingredients







Rendered and ground carcasses and body parts including heads, brains, bones, feet, and intestines, etc.

Used as a cheap source of poor-quality protein. 

These can also include road-killed animals, euthanized pets or zoo animals, or restaurant waste.


Animal digest

Is a cooked-down substance made from animal parts that do not include hair, teeth, horns, or hooves.

Used as palatability and smell enhancer in low-quality foods.

These can also include road-killed animals, euthanized pets or zoo animals, or restaurant waste.


Artificial colors

Dyes used to color food for better presentation.

Used to replicate the color of fresh meat and other ingredients for marketing purposes.

Dyes have been linked with mild to severe health conditions like cancer.


Chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin)

Are the chemical substances that are used to preserve fats and oils in dry pet food.

Used to preserve and stabilize dry pet foods as a less expensive alternative to natural preservatives.

BHA and BHT are banned in several countries. All are known or suspected carcinogens.


Corn and wheat

Is found in many forms as a primary ingredient in poor-quality pet foods. It is acceptable in small amounts.

Used as an inexpensive source of incomplete proteins to act as a “filler” in low-end foods.

These cause common allergies in dogs as they are poorly digested and the protein is unavailable.


Corn gluten meal

Is the dried protein by-product of making corn starch or syrup.

Used as an inexpensive and low source of protein in food.

These provide incomplete proteins and might disturb your dog’s immune system.



An inexpensive source of protein present in low-grade food products.

Used as a meat substitute to boost protein percentages.

An inaccessible source of protein for your canine companions.



It comes in many forms such as - corn syrup and beet pulp sugar.

Used to increase palatability and act as a humectant to preserve food.

It can lead to diabetes and weight gain and contribute to behavioral problems like hyperactivity.

Benefits of Human-Grade Dog Food

Your dogs can survive on traditional dry dog food, just like you can technically “survive” on eating junk food every day. However, we all know that only surviving isn’t enough. Consuming junk food daily can have poor effects on your health and can even reduce your lifespan. The same goes for your fur buddies.

While dogs can survive on traditional dry or canned dog food, they experience vast health benefits when they eat fresh, human-grade food. If you want to maximize your dog’s lifespan, improve their health, and help them live a happier life, consider switching to fresh food made from human-grade ingredients.

Fresh dog food made of human-grade ingredients

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Here are a handful of benefits you can expect when you add fresh food to your dog’s diet:

  • Know what’s going in your dog’s bowl!
  • Say goodbye to the mysterious bowl of kibble. Fresh food means real ingredients and you can actually see them in your dog’s bowl. The protein sources in dry food are of much lower quality than fresh, unaltered, lean, human-grade meats.

    Most commercial dog foods are highly processed and loaded with hidden ingredients, preservatives, and additives that can cause several health issues.

  • Increased Lifespan
  • Switching your pup to a fresh diet helps maintain healthy body weight and an improved digestive system, which has been linked to a 20% longer lifespan.

    Commercial dog foods contain artificial nutrients and preservatives that can affect your dog’s health over time, whereas a fresh and human-grade diet boosts energy and provides long-term health.

  • Healthier Digestion
  • Dry dog food contains a bulk of artificial ingredients that your dogs can have difficulty digesting. Fresh meals made from human-grade ingredients are highly digestible and result in better stool.

  • Better Skin and Coat
  • Many skin problems in your dog’s such as - itching, rashes, dry coats, etc. which you count as allergies can be a result of a large number of fillers going in your dog’s bowl.

    Fresh food diets consisting of balanced amounts of nutrients and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9) improve your pooch’s skin and hydrate their coats.

  • Stronger Immunity
  • Human-grade dog food made with high-quality, fresh ingredients helps build a stronger immunity and also increases vitality. The proteins and natural antioxidants present in the human-grade diet help your dog fight illness, ailments, and bacterial infections.

    Say No To Feed-Grade Ingredients!

    Your dogs deserve a healthier and happier life. The first step to help them is by switching to fresh human-grade meals that have enormous benefits on their health.

    Always read the labels and know of the ingredients before bringing them to your dog’s bowl. You can look for whole proteins like - fish, chicken, beef, liver, egg, etc., and whole foods like - broccoli, carrot, celery, kale, and blueberries.

    Nowadays, you can choose from an array of fresh food made of human-grade ingredients available in the market. No need to rely on commercial food brands/feed-grade ingredients.

    The Poonch Difference With Human-Grade Dog Meals..

    When Poonch says fresh, human-grade dog food, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Our 100% veterinarian-approved recipes are made from high-quality, ethically sourced, fresh ingredients that are edible for humans.

    We guarantee that each meal is prepared in FSSAI standard kitchens with the ultimate safety of your pups.

    Your pupper’s deserve a healthier life and we assure you that they get the best!