Seven Secrets To Choosing A Safe, Healthy Pet Food
Do you prefer dry or canned food? Which brand? There are a myriad of brands, in all sizes and shapes of pet food available to pick from, and pet owners receive only a few facts to make your choices based on (other other than advertisements) It can be very complicated! So, buckle your seatbelt depending on your knowledge about the industry of pet food it is likely to be a bumpy ride! You're about to discover seven secrets that are well-kept secrets of pet food. Relax, be prepared and continue reading. Visit:- Beneful claims it's "Premium Dog Food to ensure a healthy, happy dog' and retails at approximately $18.00 for a 31-lb. bag. Science Diet "promises" 'precisely balanced nutrition, based on continuous research and the best quality food that is backed by the Vets endorsement'. It retails for about $21.00 for a mere 20 pounds bag. There are a variety of pet food brands that have the same claims"Premium Dog Food, the highest quality' that are available for $30.00 and more in a 20-lb bag. The same is true for cats owners...Do you pick Whiskas which states that 'Everything we do is to make cats happy and content! or do you select one of the high-end cat food brands that make the exact same claim about being a healthy, happy cat, but costs three times more? With the ongoing pet food recall , pet owners are faced with concerns like 'Has this food been recall?' or is this food the next one to be recall?' ?'... Is my pet safe or is it safe for my pet? This is a bit very confusing! It's also scary! What is an animal owner supposed to do? What about learning some secrets! Armed with information about a few of the tips on pet food It's not as difficult as it seems. Secret #1... All pet food brands use descriptive terms such as choice and premium, but only a few of them actually contain the best or most expensive ingredient in their meals. The secret is that, as per the regulations of the industry of pet food there is no requirement for pet food to claim or make claims on their labels or in advertising regarding the quality or purity of the ingredients. The word "premium" when it comes to pet food does not indicate that the ingredients used in the food are of high quality. In the case of pet food, premium is not a term used to (can not) define the food, nor can it (can it) define what the ingredients are of high quality. It's a term used to market and that's all it is. According to the pet food industry's own rules and rules, "There are no references to ingredient quality or grade" (regulation PF5 3). Therefore, terms like premium, choice, or quality are merely sales or marketing terms. They shouldn't be taken as describing the quality of the food. Why shouldn't the label on a pet food be allowed to inform potential customers the high-quality of the ingredients they use? Do pet owners not deserve to know exactly what they're purchasing? This brings me to the next mystery... Secret#2... If I could compare 'people food' with pet food for one second, we recognize the different characteristics of food for people. There's White Castle (I'm guilty here I love the tiny guys!) There is also Outback Steak House (another favorite). Both restaurants serve meat as well as potatoes. In White Castle for under $3.00 you can purchase two hamburgers and an order of fries. At Outback you can purchase an entrée of a steak and baked potato for about $16.00. Both restaurants serve potatoes and beef and yet you are aware that there are significant nutritional differences between a quick food hamburger and the steak...right? The issue in the industry of pet food is that the majority of pet owners don't see things in the same way in relation to food for their pets. They don't consider of fast food varieties of pet food and there are sit-down restaurants that offer healthier pet food. In reality, a few years ago, a man made this exact experiment on his own diet and ate nothing but quick food and drinks for 30 days. Within a month of eating fast food three times every day, he gained significant weight as well as cholesterol and blood pressure increased dramatically. Imagine your pet eating this kind of food for the rest of his life. Okay, let's go we'll go back to our two meals...if an analysis of the chemical composition of your dinner in White Castle was compared to an analysis of the chemical composition of your dinner at Outback Both would be analyzed with a proportion of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. No matter if you consider a steak from Outback superior in quality of protein than the burger , it will still be analyzed as protein. The analysis does not measure the how much protein is actually being used. Here's the secret...All pet food products come with an Guaranteed Analyse that reveals the percentage of fat, protein as well as fiber and moisture within the food. The REAL key to success lies in the nature of the percentages of fat, protein, and other ingredients. A chemical analysis of the food of a pet - the chicken feet will be analyzed as protein, even though it is not a source of nutrition. Also an animal that was killed (put to rest) due to a condition that rendered it unfit for human consumption would be analyzed as protein, though it could be considered to be dangerous for human consumption. Both of these items - chicken feet as well as an animal that was euthanized are allowed ingredients and frequently utilized for pet foods. The secret to success in the food industry for pets is that the manufacturers have an WIDE OPEN access to the places they get their ingredients. The only rule they have to adhere to is that an adult dog food should be analyzed at least 18% protein, and adult cat food should analyze with 26 percent protein. The sources to obtain those amounts can range from human quality' meat to chicken feet, to animal euthanasia, to grain proteins, and even man chemical protein and a myriad of variants in between. Food labels for pets do not need to disclose - and cannot tell which sources they rely on to get that 18 percent or 26% protein. To make things worse...quality conscious pet food producers who use only human-grade ingredients aren't allowed to inform potential or existing clients that their products contain high-quality, human grade ingredients. How do you tell whether the food your pet eats contains chicken feet , euthanized cows or if it has human-grade ingredients? Secret #3... If the terms premium and choice are not really relevant in regard to quality the food for your pet and if certain food items contain animal euthanasia and chicken feet in their diets, what can pet owners be sure of what they are getting in their pet's food? The secret to this is in the definitions of ingredients. In contrast to 'people's food' which you are able to examine the food to identify the quality the pet food is completely different. Foods that are marketed as 'people' must be in compliance with specific USDA (United United States Department of Agriculture) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) guidelines. This is not the case when it comes to pet foods. Cows with euthanized feet and chicken feet are not allowed in human food due to obvious reasons - they are not nutritionally valuable or could be harmful to eat. This is not the case when it comes to pet foods. The only way to determine whether those chicken feet or cows that have been killed are present included in the food of your pet is to determine what ingredients they could be found in. The most commonly used ingredient in pet food "Meat and Bone Meal" is essentially a mixture of a variety of leftovers from the food industry for humans. The components of'meat and bones meal' could range from cow stomachs, heads, and intestines to (horrifying however true) animal carcasses, including dogs, horses, and cats that came from veterinarian office, shelters for animals, and farm animals. Along with the animal carcasses, the pet food is also a source of pentabarbitol, which was used to kill the animal. "Meat and bone meal" may also contain leftover restaurant grease and diseases-ridden (including cancerous) meat tissues removed from animals killed. This often utilized ingredient is a mixture of extremely inferior and possibly hazardous leftovers from the industrial food and beverage industry for humans. The ingredient in pet food called "Meat By-Product" or "Meat By-Product Meal' is similar to "meat and bone meal". It's a very poor pet food ingredient that contains the most incomprehensible of ingredients. A similar ingredient to the above is the ingredient 'Animal Digest'.. Regarding the chicken feet mentioned earlier, the item is in the ingredients called 'Chicken By-Product or 'Poultry By-Product' or the 'Chicken By-Product Meal', or the 'Poultry By-Product Meal'. All leftovers from the poultry or chicken division , including but not only skin, chicken feet, some feathers, poultry or chicken heads and intestines can be included in these ingredients. It doesn't matter to the condition of the bird. It could be healthy, sick, dying, dying...all is included in these ingredients. Here's what you must do...BEFORE you buy the pet foods, turn the bag over and carefully look over all the ingredients. The ingredients mentioned above would be listed in the first five or 10 ingredients. If you find any of these ingredients, I would suggest not purchase the food item. Keep in mind that chicken feet and animals that have been euthanized do analyze as proteins. This is all that's needed in pet food - only the right analysis. Another trick that some pet food companies employ in this area is the use of chemicals and grains in grains to increase the protein content. This is the exact cause of the recall on pet food which began in March 2007 Chemical proteins. Two chemical additives which have no nutritional value for pets, but can be analyzed as proteins - were added to the grain product (wheat gluten or corn gluten, and rice gluten) in order to supply low-cost protein. Many pets died and many others were ill since no one anticipated the possibility that the combination of these two substances to result in urinary and kidney blockage. Their secret lies in the product must be analyzed for a specific amount of protein . No one is required to offer an adequate meat protein. When you look at the list of ingredients - you must also keep track of the amount of grains (corn wheat, rice, corn) or how many products (corn gluten, whole corn, ground corn whole wheat, ground, wheat gluten, brown rice, brewers ' rice as well as soy and on) are listed in the initial five or six ingredients. If you see more than one ingredient within the initial five ingredient list, it means that this pet food gets some part of the protein it needs from grain. What makes protein derived from grains so important to be aware of? There are a variety of reasons to consider - first, research has proven that dogs and cats alike require and thrive on meat protein. If pet food gets protein from grains, the animal isn't getting the protein it requires to flourish. In addition, if the products contain wheat gluten, corn gluten or rice gluten, there is a risk of chemicals like melamime being added to it to enhance proteins analysis. Melamime is among the chemicals that were found to be the source in the march 2007 recall of pet food. There's a further issue with grains: aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a dangerous mold that's found in wheat, corn and soy. It's responsible for a variety of other recalls of pet food that you've probably not heard of. The food recall was announced in December of 2005. Diamond Pet Food contained the spores of mold that killed more than 100 animals before the food was removed from the market because of aflatoxin. I would recommend that you stay clear of any pet food that has wheat, corn or soy in any variant. The risk is too high. Secret #4... I've got a few more suggestions to search at in ingredient listings...chemical preservatives. One of the most well-kept secrets in the world of pet food is the widespread usage of preservatives made from chemicals. BHA and BHT are extremely popular chemical preservatives that are used in pet food, and research has linked them with cancerous tumors and other malignancies. Another popular preservative is ethoxyquin that has been linked for cancer. Ethoxyquin is only permitted in human food in a few spices due to the small amounts. However , it is permitted in higher amounts in pet food. If you look through the ingredient lists and look through the ingredient lists, you'll be looking for BHA/BHT and Ethoxyquin in any place. Typically, BHA/BHT is used to keep the fats in the food items, which is usually at the top of the list. Also, look for these chemicals at the end of the list of ingredients. Personally, I would not eat any pet food that contains these preservatives made of chemicals. You should choose a pet food which is naturally preserved. the most common natural preservatives are mixed tocopherols', or vitamin E'. Secret #5... The best food you can give your pet is a properly created food made with human grade ingredients. It should be easy enough...How do you determine this? You are aware that pet food producers cannot make any claims about the quality or purity of their ingredients The only way to determine the grade or quality of your pet's food is to contact the company and ask. Let's suppose you contact an ABC pet food company and ask them the inquiry "Is your Premium dog food and Premium cat food made using human grade ingredients?" You might receive the answer that yes, we make use of human grade ingredients however, only a handful of the ingredients are of human grade. This is the way to go about asking...ask whether they're APHIS European accredited. Pet food companies that have been APHIS European certified can assure you that all ingredients used included in their pet food are human-grade. APHIS is Animal Plant Health Inspection Services is a division of the USDA. APHIS European certification gives the pet food company with the possibility of shipping their treats and food items to Europe. If they import pet food in Europe or the US, European countries demand that all ingredients be human-grade and therefore need this certification. The majority of pet food companies that are APHIS European certification don't ship the products they sell to Europe They simply use this to ensure their customers the superior standard of the ingredients they use. You won't see this on the label. It's not permitted. It is necessary to contact the manufacturer and inquire. Sometimes, the person who sells the food for pets won't be aware of what you're asking about APHIS certification. If that's the case, then you should be sure that they aren't APHIS European accredited. APHIS European certification is an added benefit for pet owners. It isn't required or even recommended that pet food manufacturers take the extra steps to get this. This is a unique effort that some pet food brands make to show their customers that they truly care regarding the high-quality of their food. Personally, I wouldn't purchase a pet food that does not contain it. Also If you are unable to reach the manufacturer of pet food or they don't respond to your calls within a brief time you should call them back! If a company doesn't give priority to answering customer questions isn't worthy of your business! Secret #6... Minerals are an essential ingredient in the human diet and also in diets for our pets. The minerals copper, Iron as well as Zinc are commonly that are found in pet food. As they are, iron, copper, and zinc are essentially minerals that are extremely difficult for any pet to consume. Scientists have come up with a variety of ways for introducing minerals to the human body (human and pets) to improve absorption, thus helping the person in a greater way. This breakthrough in science is known as proteinating or chelating, and has been in use for a long time. By the chelating or proteinating process, minerals are absorbed around 60% more efficiently than the minerals by themselves. The trick is to spot the minerals in your pet's food to determine if they're proteinated or chelated. Look for the minerals on your pet food's label, which is located lower on the ingredients list. Look for the minerals that say 'copper proteinate or chelated copper'. If you only see the mineral mentioned as chelated copper, your pet will be a bit of like Charlie Brown at Halloween saying "I've got a rock". If you wish for your pet to be surrounded by the most effective, chelated or proteinated minerals are a part of the most nutritious food options! Secret #7... The secret behind this is called "friendly bacteria". While the term "friendly bacteria" sounds somewhat frightening, the real reason behind it is in your pet's digestive system. A significant portion of your pet's immune system is located in the intestinal tract. Maintaining a healthy immune system assists in keeping the animal in good health. The friendly bacteria are like the ones found in yogurt, but in pet food, it's placed in a manner so that cooking doesn't cause harm to it. When you look at the small print on your pet food label This time, you're searching for long scientific terms such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, or Bifidobacterium Thermophilum. If you don't see these terms or something similar ones, your pet food does not address the health of your pet's immune system. If you would like your pet to be the most effective food, you need "friendly bacteria" within their diet. Here are seven tips to find the most nutritious and healthy diet for you furry friend. Armed with these secrets, you are now able to provide your pet with the most nutritious food you can! A pet food that will prolong their lives and help prevent premature aging and diseases. If you don't want do the work involved I suggest you join my monthly publication, Petsumer Report(TM). Through the Petsumer Report(TM) I've completed all the work for you. Each month I evaluate and review more than 40 different pet food items and treats, toys, and other pet products. This is the only publication of its kind offering pet owners the necessary information they require to be aware of their pet's product purchases. I'd like to share two more things... It is recommended to feed a mature pet or adult cat 2 meals per day. The nutrients they get from two meals is more effective rather than eating just one meal per day. If you currently feed your pet a single meal per day, divide that portion into two meals and feed them in the AM and evening. It is important to know that the majority of canned or moist pet food items contain between 70%-85 percent moisture. That means that 70 to 85percent of the can or bag of pet food contains ineffective nutrition, it's water. While our pets do require water, but cats are more likely to not consume enough fluids. However, since the majority of canned or moist food items contain water and do not offer enough nutrition to feed only a moist or canned diet. Utilize a moist or canned product to enhance your pet's diet , but not the sole food source. The most nutritious pet food is kept in nature (secret #4) However, there is one issue when it comes to naturally preserved pet foods...freshness. Be aware of the expiration date printed on the label of your pet's food - usually with dried pet food that is naturally preserved (not as significant as soft food items due to the canning process - there is no need for preservatives) The expiration time ranges from one year or 18 months after the date the food was made. Let's say that the pet food you're planning to buy 1st July 2007 comes with the 'Best If Used By 1 January the 1st of January, 2008. This means that the bag of food for pets is now 6 months old. Although it's still considered to be 'good but a more fresh food bag - one that is just 2 or 3 months old is superior. Naturally preserved pet food loses the nutritional value with time. Always look for an extremely fresh bag. If you're thinking of changing the food you feed your pet Always consult your veterinarian first. Always keep your vet informed of any changes you implement for your pet. Do not risk it. If you decide to switch pet food, do the switch slow. I recommend to pet owners to switch from 1/4 new food in place of 3/4 food they have previously eaten for between 4 and 7 days, then 1/2 up to half for 4-7 days, and the cycle continues. The rapid switching of food can lead to intestinal disorders! It's a short-term issue however, we do not want intestinal disorders! ! Another thing to note that you should be aware, cats and dogs have a much better sense of smell than human beings. The food bowls of their pets can contain filled with smells, both positive and negative. Sometimes, pets will not eat because they smell a past food item in their bowl. Food and water bowls made of plastic contain the most odors. Surprisingly, the same is true for the stainless steel dishes. The most suitable type of water and food bowl is one made of ceramic. They are the most odor-free.

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