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Your Pet's Diet

Here are some tips to help you navigate through the pet food aisle.

There are lots of pet foods on the market these days and reading the labels will be the only way to know if you are feeding a good quality.  Feeding poor quality food can lead to many health issues over time. By feeding a higher quality food, you can possibly avoid costly veterinarian bills later in life.

It’s best to avoid foods that have “by-product” listed anywhere in the ingredients list. Feeding an animal “by-product” is a lot like us eating at McDonalds for every meal - lots of useless filler and little to no nutrition. Generally speaking, the better you eat, the better off you are. And the same holds true for our dogs and cats.

Why is “by-product” so bad? Animal by-products are what’s left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. They include the waste of meat processing not intended for human consumption. Some examples include feet, backs, livers, lungs, heads, brains, spleens, kidneys, stomachs, intestines, and undeveloped eggs.Dead-on-arrival animals or other condemned parts that have been declared inedible and unfit for human consumption can still be used for making pet food. This can include any tags still on the animal. 

Non-animal by-product (wheat, corn, soy etc…) is what is left over after the “good” has been processed out of the food.  This ultra-high use of corn, wheat, and soy, and the fact that the majority of it is actually by-products, means our dogs are getting carbs with very little of the nutrition left in tact for their bodies. There have been studies that show dogs have a difficult time processing some grains. Food manufacturers are now using other kinds of carbs as fillers beside grains including potatoes, green beans, peas, barley, and rice – just to name a few. A grain free diet may also be something to consider.

Diet can play an integral role in your pet's health and well-being. Please take some time to consider a pet food that contains higher quality ingredients and avoid foods containing by-products and fillers.

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