Have you ever gone to the pet store and stood in the food isle asking yourself, “Which one do I choose? Is one better than another? How do I know what my pet needs? Are the ingredients really that different?”
So many questions. So many options. Nobody needs that level of stress!
I did a little digging and learned some interesting information about pet food. The food we feed our animals should strengthen their immune and digestive systems, promote a sleek, shiny, and healthy coat, and provide sustained energy. Their food should also be appropriate for their age and breed.
I’d like to start with some ingredients to avoid. The following are NOT recommended for our pets; wheat gluten and corn, grain meals and by-products, food dyes such as Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 5 and 6, rendered fat, and other ingredients. I cannot pronounce. These are all no-no’s in my house!
The consensus is that whole food-based diets are the BEST. Foods that contain nutrients equal to that which we as humans consume, are equally beneficial to our pets. Our animals want high quality food ingredients approved in the USA!
On pet food labels, the most plentiful ingredients are listed first, down to the least. Some good options for meats include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, venison, pork, and fish. Whole grains like brown rice and oats are an excellent source of energy. Fruits and vegetables are also a valuable source of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. All good things!
So, which food do you choose? Here are some choices I found with a pretty good rating. These are only suggestions. You should always consult with your vet before changing your pet’s diet, especially if he or she has special needs. You also want to make sure you slowly adjust the ratio of old food to new so your fur babies don’t get runny poop and throw up. Yuck.
Mama T’s Favs: Acana, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Merrick, Orijen, Primal Pet Foods,Taste of the Wild, Wellness Complete, and Whole Earth Farms.
Until Next Time,
Mama T…It’s all about the love