Tips for Buying Organic Pet Foods
Pet foods are animal feed meant for pets to consume. Typically available at pet shops and pet groceries, it’s usually specific to the kind of animal, like cat food or dog food. Many meat used in animal feed is a by-product from the human food industry, which isn’t considered “human grade” but is more nutrient dense than what comes from plants. There are two different ways to feed pets, using dry or wet food, but most people feed their pets wet food, since the dry type would be detrimental to most pets’ health.
Pet foods must meet certain nutritional and preservative requirements, both required by law and recommended by manufacturers. The label must indicate whether or not a food is naturally balanced or not, especially in terms of protein and phosphorus. Furthermore, the nutrient content must be stated on the label, and it must be specified on the order of nutrient concentration (weight percent) in grams per serving. When buying commercially manufactured pet foods, check the nutritional content to make sure that it meets the minimums recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s always safer to err on the side of caution, rather than assume that something is healthy for your pet just because it’s labeled healthy on the package.
As far as preservatives are concerned, most pet foods use sodium benzoate as a preservative. However, you should read the label carefully to find out if sodium benzoate is an ingredient included in the dry kibble, or if it’s an added ingredient like a coloring agent. Sodium benzoate can cause kidney failure, liver failure, and respiratory failure in animals under prolonged intake. It’s best to buy only kibble that has no artificial ingredients like preservatives.
In addition to these two major causes for food poisoning in pets, there are many minor causes. Some pet foods have inadequate moisture content, which makes them spoil faster. Similarly, some manufacturers add excessive dyes and flavoring, which can also make them spoil faster. It’s best to avoid adding any of these things to your dog’s food, unless you’re sure that the manufacturer lists all of them on the label of the dry dog food, or that the product comes from a trusted brand.
Dry dog and cat foods were created for long-term consumption in order to help keep pets healthy and resistant to common diseases. Unfortunately, this means that some manufacturers have been careless enough to add more chemicals and preservatives to their products, so that they last longer on the shelves. For this reason, it’s a good idea to buy only the freshest and most organic dry dog and cat foods available. This will ensure that your pets always have access to a high-quality diet, and that they stay healthy and happy.
Pet food has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Today’s manufacturers take more care than ever before with the creation of pet foods. They’re taking the time to ensure that the ingredients are healthy and nutritious, and that buyers know what they’re purchasing. A careful look at the ingredient list is the best way to tell if a food item is worthy of your trust. When you purchase food that has a well-made label, a catchy name, and an effective label design, you can be confident in your purchase.