How to Understand Pet Food Labels
Trying to understand the information on pet food labels can be quiteconfusing. As a pet owner you want to feed your dog or cat what is thehealthiest for them. As a consumer you need to keep an eye on yourbudget. Every time we look at the ingredients panel for dog or cat foodwe get thoroughly frustrated and just end up purchasing based onrecommendations and budget.Finally I decided to do some research myself to learn what it allmeans. This paper may be a little in depth
but it’s worth it.
There isinformation in here that most people don’t know.
All pet foods must list the ingredients present in dog food.Ingredients are listed in descending order, according to weight
Becareful of one tactic used by manufacturers to disguise less desirableingredients. Breaking an ingredient into several different smalleringredients and listing them individually is used to lower theseundesirable ingredients farther down the ingredient list. For example, aproduct list could contain chicken, ground corn, corn gluten, groundwheat, corn bran, wheat flour, wheat middling, etc. If we were togroup all of the corn ingredients as one, they would probably far out-weigh the amount of chicken, and wheat. As a consumer, you mustread all of the ingredients carefully.Let’s look at the some of the ingredients on the example panelbelow:
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