How to Calculate Carbohydrates in a Pet Food

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How to Calculate Carbohydrates in a Pet Food

Carbohydrates don’t need to be listed on the label of pet foods in Australia, but we can use a simple calculation to offer us a rough idea. It’s not perfect, and I’ll explain why, but the following method is how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food:

100 – Protein % – Fat % – Moisture % – Ash %

There’s a little more to it than that, but that will give us a very good ballpark carbohydrate percentage. Other factors to consider are undisclosed moisture and ash percentages and variance from min & max percentages.

Moisture & Ash

Moisture and ash are usually listed, but as these percentages aren’t required to be listed we can use an average 10% moisture and 8% ash for dry food only. Wet foods contain significantly more moisture.

Min & Max

We often find percentages are listed with a guaranteed minimum or maximum. This makes our simple calculation somewhat vague. If a pet food contains Protein (min) 20% then it’s possible the protein, on average, is higher.

How to Calculate Carbohydrates: An example

Let’s say a dry dog food contains 20% protein, 10% fat, 10% moisture, and 8% ash:

100 – 20 – 10 – 10 – 8 = 52

This product would contain approximately 52% carbohydrates.

So that’s it, that’s how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.