How to Select Pet Food
What to Look For:
Meat (50% or more for dogs, 75% or more for cats). The best source of protein is muscle meat. One or more of these should be at the top of the list of ingredients. Look for ...
Vegetables. Look for ...
Whole Grains. (Small quantities, not necessary for cats.) Alfalfa
Flax seed or sunflower oil
Supplements. Look for a good variety of vitamins, minerals, and EFA supplements.
Plus look for ... Taurine (for cats)
Garlic (helps to control fleas)
Preservatives. Look for natural preservatives, like Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols).
What to Avoid
Avoid by-products of any kind. In addition to being unfit for human
consumption, by-products are required by the U.S.D.A. to be tainted.
This is poultry that has been found to be unfit for human consumption.
It may include tumors, pus, or whatever caused it to be considered
unfit. U.S.D.A. regulations require that this meat be tainted with a
poison before it leaves the human food production line. The poisoned
meat is then used to make pet food.
This is probably the worst ingredient that can be used in pet food. It
may include road kill or euthanized pets, including flea collars, body
bags, and the fatal dose.
Requirements for what can be in meal are very loose. It may be good or
bad. If you don't know the source of the meal, avoid it.
More to avoid:
BHA and BHT. These are poisons that are added to the food to retard spoilage. They have been suspect in causing cancer.
Ethoxyquin. This is a poison that is added to meat that is not fit for
human consumption. This prevents the meat from being used as human
Be a Pet Food Detective.
Read the list of ingredients on the label. Notice the order of
ingredients. The order of the ingredients in the list is important. The
first ingredient in the list is the one that is present in the food in
the largest quantity. That ingredient should be meat.
for Split Ingredients. Notice the same ingredient listed several times
in slightly different forms. For example, corn, corn meal, and corn
gluten. If the first ingredient is a meat, but the second, third and
fourth are corn, for example, then you will know that there is really
more corn content than anything else. Remember, the primary ingredient
should be meat.
Advertising vs. Nutrition.
Big advertising budgets are expensive and do not guarantee the quality
of ingredients in the food. Beware of the big-name products that
economize on ingredients in order to pay the big price tag of
Be an informed consumer.
READ THE LABEL !!!
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will learn how holistic care can help to keep your pet healthy. Check
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