Just taking a look at the pet food ads on TV and in magazines, you’d get the impression that all commercial pet foods are healthy. All those fresh ingredients could tempt you to try these pet foods yourself! If you’ve ever opened a pet food can that was promoted as healthy, and then found a glob of unrecognizable, grayish something-or-other, then you probably understand what I mean.
Now, if you are aware that not all pet food commercials and advertisements live up to their promises, you need to ask yourself a simple question: how do I tell if a particular pet food is healthy? To do well for your pet, you will need to be able to interpret pet food labels correctly.
First and foremost, healthful pet foods include real food ingredients.
Healthy commercial pet foods are made from natural food ingredients that reflect the needs of the pet for which the foods are intended. Remember that ingredients are listed in the order of the relative quantity in the pet food. Healthful dog and cat foods should contain animal-derived products as their first ingredients. The quality of these ingredients is absolutely essential to the health of your pet. Ultimately, the addition of synthetic substances should be kept to a minimum, as the majority of the available pet food supplements included regularly to pet foods are of low or questionable quality and value.
Second, healthful pet foods are certified organic.
Organic ingredients are safer because their production and processing precludes by regulation the use of toxic production and processing chemicals. These include agricultural pesticides, fertilizers like sewage sludge, hormones and antibiotics used to raise livestock, and poisonous chemicals used during fabrication, including among others, fumigants, pesticides, and corrosive sanitizers. As well, organic ingredients can never include genetically engineered foods (some of which have been implicated in a variety of health problems, such as allergies or reproductive disorders).
However, you should be aware that only USDA certified organic claims are regulated and enforced by Federal law; additional non-certified organic claims cannot be verified by an unbiased third party.
Third, healthy pet foods are made of human-grade quality ingredients.
Even though it doesn’t appear to make much sense, there are both USDA certified organic ingredients for human consumption and USDA certified organic ingredients for animals (examples are eggs, peas, etc). The latter are called ‘feed-grade’ ingredients, and are approved for the use solely in pet foods. Feed-grade ingredients are certainly of lower quality than human-grade ingredients. Therefore, if you’re searching for a healthy pet food, look out for the descriptive term ‘human-grade’ on the pet food bundle! Never assume that pet food manufacturers need to tell the consumer whether they use human-grade or feed-grade ingredients; they are not. But they most certainly will indicate if they use human-grade ingredients since these are of high quality (a major selling point) and much more expensive to produce (a justification for charging more for their product).
Fifth, healthful pet foods can be identified by how they’re processed.
Even certified organic pet foods, including all the appropriate ingredients for a particular species of pet, are not necessarily healthy. Healthy pet foods must offer more than just organic certification and species appropriateness. They have to also be processed in a manner that preserves the integrity and bio-availability of the nutrients in their ingredients. Heat-based processing, such as canning, baking or extruding food into nicely shaped kibble or biscuits, ruins the quality of many nutrients and can render even the best ingredients ‘lifeless’ and all but useless to your pet. Dehydration is a better approach to process foods-but bear in mind that cats in particular don’t do well on dry food alone and that specific problems can even be associated with re-hydrated pet foods that were previously dehydrated. If fresh foods are unavailable, the best choices among commercial pet foods are products that have been fresh-frozen. Of course, freezing is less convenient and more expensive for the manufacturer to ship and store, and those costs get passed down to you, the consumer. Nevertheless, bear in mind that this additional cost will most likely ensure that your pet will remain healthy longer, and will also spare you the pain and financial burden of caring for a sick animal.
Finally, a pet should not live on a single prepared pet food alone, even if it’s healthy and nutritious.
No plant or animal can thrive on only 1 combination of nutrients. Variety is essential for your pet’s health and wellbeing, and you have the responsibility to offer this variety for your best friend. As you and your family wouldn’t live happily ever after on even the best quality ‘astronaut’ meals (freeze-dried ice cream-blecchh!) , your pet needs different foods to stay both healthy and happy! Since your pet has few choices of her own, it’s up to you to provide her with a variety of different safe and healthy USDA certified organic, human-grade, quality foods in which ingredients have been processed in ways that are intended to preserve the endogenous nutrients. Your pet will thank you for your diligence and attention! For more information check out http://animalcontrol-experts.com/
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