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Pet Food and Nutritional Tips

Do you remember why you chose the food you are feeding your beloved pet(s)? Was it the color/design of the bag? Or the breeder you purchased your pet from. Was it the fact you could buy a 50# bag of food for $20?

Customers often come in looking for relief for the dog or cat who is constantly scratching and biting at themselves. I have seen, first hand, the unbelievable difference good food/nutrition can make.

Most fillers such as corn and wheat are known allergens.
Read the ingredients on what you are now feeding. Would you eat it?
One of the things I hear a lot is “My dog is so finicky.” Dogs eat by smell. If it smells good they will eat it!
Don’t look just at the first one or two items ... look at the first 10. Food items are listed in descending weight.

Two good books to read on pet food and nutrition are “Food Pets Die For” by Ann N. Martin and “The Truth About Pet Foods,” by Dr. Wysong.

Chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, & duck are all good for starters. You definitely want to know what kind of meat is in that food you choose. This one is self explanatory - whole, clean flesh meats or single-source meats ... NOT poultry meal, which may contain several types of fowl; or meat-meal, which may contain several types of different meats.

By-Products are really departing from a product of any quality. These are the things other than the meaty muscle tissue, including, but not limited to “lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines. A “Digest” is worst of all. AAFCO, sets the guidelines with regard to the labeling of pet food and says that if it is “unfit for human consumption, it is OK for pet food.” Generally anything less than “(defined meat)-Meal” is not recommended for healthy pets. So ... read your pets food label.

Other interesting ingredients include:
Brewers Dried Yeast: dried residue from the brewing industry.
Brewers Rice: rice sections that have been discarded from the human food manufacturing of wort or beer, which contain pulverized, dried, spent hops. Little, if any nutritional value.
Cellulose: a pulp from fibrous plant. Also has been described as sawdust.
Caramel Color: no nutritional value.
Carrageenin: seaweed
Iron Oxide: mineral. Commonly known as “rust.”
Natural Flavor: no nutritional value. (Natural flavor of what?)
Propylene Glycol: a humectant used in semi-moist pet food. This has been proven to be a major contributor in feline cardiac disease.

Most labels read “Complete and Balanced” or “100 Percent Nutritionally Complete”, but this doesn’t tell the whole story.

Presented by Carole Auer, Owner of FAWS, in Holiday, 727-944-2503.


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