Is Citric acid bad for dogs?

Awhile ago I read that some dogsters didn't use NV Instinct because of the chicken fat being preserved with citric acid, and the fact that it is in the first 3 ingredients. So I was wondering is Citric acid bad for dogs to be eating in their food everyday? What side affects, if any, can it have on their teeth, and is it healthy for them? Thank you in advance!!

Asked by Member 157052 on Dec 4th 2007 Tagged naturevarietyinstinctfoodcitricacid in Food & Nutrition
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Josie - CGC

Citric acid in dog food is said to contribute to bloat when the food is soaked in water. So if you feed Nature's Variety, do not soak it! It is a very good food, and feel free to feed it in good conscious.

The "statistic" is "if fat is in the first four ingredients".

HOWEVER, the "study" performed on bloat is just some website that posted some statistics online. If you want to SEE their evidence you have to PAY for it! RED FLAG. This is NOT the practice of an honest study. This "study" can be complete garbage, can be a lie, can be posted anonymously by a company pushing their agenda.

Results only carry weight after they have been duplicated. Since no one has, this bloat "study" is not worth the electricity it takes to load it.

So forget about it. The truth is, no one really knows about bloat. Rely on the conventional wisdoms: rest after eating; feed multiple times a day; provide ample water; slow down gulpers.

Josie - CGC answered on Dec 4th.

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Foods that contain citric acid and fat in the first few ingredients have been found to be contributors and put your dog at risk for bloat.

Member 525960 answered on 12/4/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Citric acid is used as a preservative in the same way that many food products use Vitamin E (mixed tophopherols). Rosemary is another natural preservative, but is not suitable for use in dogs with epilepsy. Citric acid, vitamin E, and Rosemary are way better than preservatives used such as BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, TBHQ which are immediate red flag ingredients.

Samson answered on 12/4/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer