KNOW WHAT’S IMPORTANT REGARDING INGREDIENTS
What protein is the most prevalent (it’s always listed first) out of all the different proteins listed in the ingredients? This is information to remember in case your animal gets any type of food allergy in the future. For more information on this topic, check back for my article on Food Allergies – coming soon!
Notice that I haven’t said much of anything regarding ingredients, such as chicken, beef, fish, by-product meals, etc. That’s right… the ingredients are not super important to your pets health and safety. What the ingredients consist of IS important, such as the amount of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals – all of which comprise the overall nutrients of the food. This is why each product needs to be tested to ensure it has the proper makeup and consistency of nutrients.
That is where the correct AAFCO statement is important. Chicken bone meal etc. use up ingredients that are safe to eat but would otherwise be unappetizing to humans such as bone, liver and other organs. Basically, your pet is eating what you and I wouldn’t eat – the haggis type foods of the world. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as delicious and nutritious as they should be; just that they aren’t pretty enough to the human eye to eat!
Now that we ensured your pet’s food is safe, balanced for their stage of life and has the proper ratio of nutrients for your pet’s individual needs, do you know how much you should ACTUALLY feed them?
Don’t just use the back of the bag… Your pet’s food portions are important! Instead of basing their consumption on broad weight categories that assume each pet has the same exact health conditions, activity levels, and other factors, you should use your pet’s body condition score as a more accurate guide. You can learn about how to calculate your pet’s Body Condition Score in my new blog post – coming soon! Make sure you signup for email updates below!