Pet Food Quality

With so many lawsuits, recalls and sick or dead dogs from pet food over the last few years, I think it is important to talk a little about pet food quality. Just like selecting quality products for yourself and using the appropriate gas to fuel your car so that you don’t have issues later on, choosing quality pet food is very important for the health and lifespan of your pet.

I won’t suggest specific brands, but will give you some tips about finding the right one to fit the needs of your pet and hopefully your budget. The main thing to be selective about, are the top ingredients in any pet food. Those first ingredients listed will always be what the food mainly consists of. The ingredients listed at the end are very minimal and aren’t going to benefit your pet all that much, except with regards to vitamins and minerals.

The first thing to look for is a high-quality protein in the first few listed ingredients.  According to The Dog Food Project, consumers should consider ‘all the initial ingredients up to and including the first added fat be considered “the main ingredients”.’ If an easily digestible protein isn’t a main ingredient and corn or soy fillers or byproduct meals are, then you don’t want that product.

After you find a few brands that look like they provide quality food, do some research on the manufacturers.  Check out their websites, any marketing materials and studies of their food. Be sure to get some outside opinions as well with studies from other sources. Check for a guaranteed analysis of their product and relevant ingredient information – all of which shouldn’t be difficult to find.

Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a food you really like, buy a bag and give it a trial run with your pet. See if they consistently like it, if it makes them sick or not and be sure to give it 2-4 weeks as issues can take some time to come up.

For more important information about finding the right quality dog food for your pet and for pet food recalls, visit The Dog Food Project. Click here.