Well-Kept Secrets on Choosing the Right Food for your Pet

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What’s the right food for your pet? Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are provided with very little information to base their decisions on (other than advertising) – it can get so confusing! Well, buckle your seatbelt, depending on how much you know about the pet food industry, this could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well-kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, brace yourself, and keep reading.

Now with the on-going pet food recall, pet owners have questions such as ‘Has this food been recalled?’ or ‘Is this food the next one to be recalled?’…’Is my pet safe?’ Wow, this is confusing! And scary too! What exactly is a pet owner to do? How about learning a few secrets? Equipped with the knowledge of a few secrets of pet food, it’s not nearly as confusing.

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Tip #1…

All pet foods use descriptive words like ‘choice’ and ‘premium’, though, few of them actually use premium or choice ingredients in their food. The ‘Secret’ is that per the rules of the pet food industry, no pet food can make any claims or references on their label or advertising as to the quality or grade of ingredients. You see the word ‘premium’ when it’s related to pet food DOES NOT mean that the ingredients in the food are premium.

Tip #2…

If I can compare ‘people’ food to pet food for just a second, we all know there are different qualities of people food. The problem in the pet food industry is that most pet owners don’t think in the same terms when it comes to pet food. They don’t think in terms that there are fast food types of pet foods and there are sit down restaurant more nutritious types of pet foods. In fact, several years ago a young man tried this very experiment with his own diet – eating nothing but fast food for 30 days. In just one month of eating fast food’s three meals a day, he gained a great deal of weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels sky-rocketed! Now, imagine your pet eating this type of food its entire lifetime.

Tip #3…

If the words premium and choice mean basically nothing with regards to the quality of pet food, and if some pet foods use chicken feet and euthanized animals in their food – how can a pet owner know what they are getting in their pets’ food?

This big Secret is found in ingredient definitions. All ‘people’ food must meet particular USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) guidelines. The same is not true for pet food. Chicken feet and euthanized cows are NOT allowed in people food for obvious reasons – they have no nutritional value or they could be dangerous to consume.

Tip #4…

A very well kept secret of the pet food industry is their common use of chemical preservatives. BHA/BHT are very popular chemical preservatives used in pet food and science has linked them to tumors and cancers. Another common preservative is ethoxyquin which has known risks to cancer. Ethoxyquin is ONLY allowed in human food in some spices because of the very tiny proportions. However, it is allowed in much higher proportions in pet food.

Mixed tocopherols’ or ‘vitamin E’.

Tip #5…

The very best food to provide your pet with is a well-made food using human grade ingredients. That should be simple enough…How do you find that? You already know that the pet food manufacturers are NOT allowed to make any statement as to quality or grade of ingredients, the only way you can find out the grade or quality of your pets’ food is to get in touch with the manufacturer and ask them.

Tip #6…

Minerals are a required ingredient in human diets as well as pets’ diets. Copper, Iron, and Zinc are common minerals found in pet foods. Just as they are – copper, iron, and zinc are basically rocks, very difficult for anyone or any pet to utilize. Science has developed several ways to introduce minerals into the body (human and pet) for better absorption thus benefiting the individual far more. This scientific development is called chelating or proteinating and it’s been around for years. Through the chelating or proteinating process, minerals are absorbed about 60% better than just the minerals alone.

Tip #7…

This Secret is called ‘friendly bacteria’. Although ‘friendly bacteria’ sounds a little scary, the reason for it lies in your pets’ intestinal system. A large portion of your pets’ immune system is found within the intestinal system. Keeping the immune system healthy helps to keep the animal itself healthy. This friendly bacteria is similar to what’s found in yogurt, however, in pet food, it is introduced in a fashion so that the cooking process doesn’t destroy it. Looking at the fine print on your pet food label, this time you are looking for lengthy, scientific words like Lactobacillus Acidophilus or Bifidobacterium Thermophilum.

One last thing, as you are already aware, dogs and cats have a far better sense of smell than humans. Their food bowl can be a wealth of smells – both good and bad. Sometimes, a pet will refuse to eat simply because he or she smells a previous food in their bowl. Plastic food and water bowls retain odors the worst. And surprisingly so does a stainless steel bowl. The best type of food and water bowl is a ceramic one. They retain odors the least.

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot.

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