Feeding your pets high-quality pet food can have a positive effect on their behavior, health and overall well-being. But with hundreds of products to choose from, how do you know what is right for your pets?
For proper nutrition animals need a combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, oils and fiber. When evaluating a pet food, check the ingredient list carefully. Terms like “meat meal,” and “meat by-products” are very low-quality protein sources. They also may include body parts such as bones and intestines, slaughterhouse wastes and meat from diseased animals.
Ingredients to Look For
- Meat and meat "meals" by species, e.g. "chicken meal"
- Potatoes or sweet potatoes, good sources of carbohydrates
- Oatmeal and barley
- Oils from a specific source, e.g., flaxseed oil
- Rice, a good source of carbs and fiber
- Animal by-product
- Animal digest, derived from unspecified parts of unspecified animals
- Bone meal, a very low-quality protein source
- Corn gluten meal, a binding agent with no nutritional value
- Fat not identified by species
- Meat not identified by species, e.g. "meat meal"
- Sugar, corn syrup, fructose or other sweeteners