We all know how the value of a healthy diet. But maintaining a healthy diet is easier said than done.
That’s especially true when it comes to our pets. There’s no shortage of competition when it comes to the pet food market. In fact, global pet food sales exceeded $75 billion in 2016.
Our pets rely on us to give them quality food. When it comes to your dog or cat, you only want the best.
With so many pet food brands to choose from how do you know which is best? Here are some tips on finding the best options for your pet.
Quality Meat & Protein
One of the most important things to look for in an animal’s food is quality protein from real meat.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials recommends dogs have between 18 and 22 percent protein in their diet. Cats need a similar amount of protein to maintain a healthy diet.
Unfortunately, many pet food brands have become adept at deceiving customers. They indicate that their food contains “meat” without specifying the protein source.
Look for brands that include specific protein labels. Pet food should be high in protein and include multiple types of meat like turkey, lamb, chicken or beef.
Avoid Chemical Preservatives
It’s never too late to change your pet’s diet.
One positive change you can make is to avoid chemical preservatives. Some pet food brands use additives and preservatives that can harm your animal.
Common preservatives you should avoid include Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Propylene Glycol (PG). Consuming these preservatives can cause long-term health damage and even lead to cancer.
Another preservative to avoid is Ethoxyquin. It’s an approved food additive used in animal feed that’s also used in pesticides. Long-term consumption can damage your pet’s liver.
Find brands that use natural preservatives and look out for these chemical preservatives.
What are the best pet food brands?
Pet owners are always on the lookout for the best pet food brand. There are a number of high-quality brands. However, it’s hard to call one brand superior.
There are many factors to consider when purchasing pet food. You need to find a food brand that matches your pet’s age, health, and dietary restrictions.
First evaluate whether you have a growing, mature, or senior animal. You should then decide whether your animal needs dry food, wet food, or freeze-dried food. Keep in mind whether your animal needs special food, such as grain-free dog food.
Once you weigh these factors, you should look for brands that come highly recommended by experts. Your local veterinarian should have a few recommendations of good brands for your pet.
You can also look at FDA’s pet food guidelines. Make sure that your preferred brand is in line with their standards.
You want a brand that is safe, reliable and a good fit for your pet. Weigh all of these factors to find the best brand for your animal.
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