I wrote a blog post earlier this year regarding keeping our pets healthy by feeding them quality food. Whether you’re just adopting a new pet or you have lived with your furry friend for many years, proper nutrition is a good way to ensure a healthy pet. Since that post back in January, I’ve been approached by a few pet food reviewing sites with added information; therefore, I’m re-posting part of that article and adding some information they provided.
Obesity in pets, like humans, is on the rise. Activity, or lack thereof, plays a role; so does food. Additionally, pet food and treat recalls are, sadly, very common. The ingredients in pet food has become more and more questionable, especially for products made outside of the United States; however, even pet food and treats made in the USA have problems. Purina, a well-known company based in St. Louis, Missouri, had a large class-action lawsuit brought against it in 2015, and Diamond, which has incorporated many small brands, experienced many recalls, including a large one in 2012. How can we as pet owners ensure our beloved animals are receiving quality nutrition? By reading research.
The website HerePup recently posted a review of dog food brands. The article includes other important, relevant information, such as what foods dogs should and should not eat, best types of foods for specific diets and health issues, and dog foods for specific dog breeds. You may find this information very helpful since the post is from earlier this month: https://herepup.com/dog-food/
In March 2017, Reviews.com updated a report from the previous year regarding dog food brands, interviewing pet owners and food researchers. In that report, they listed dog food brands that they believe provide the best nutrition and have the safest ingredients. Although lengthy, the report is filled with important information for dog owners. I discovered that a brand recommended by my veterinarian for my allergy-afflicted dog is NOT on the list; in fact, that brand, Royal Canin, was cut from the “good quality” list because of the ingredients. Other often vet-recommended foods, such as Hills Science Diet, was also on the “naughty list.” Two foods which are sold at one of my local pet supply stores, one at which I worked part-time several years ago, is on the “nice list;” those foods are Fromm and Nature’s Logic. I will likely explore these brands as options for my dog. Read the entire report at this website: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/.
Reviews.com also produced an updated report regarding top-quality cat food. The researchers analyzed the ingredients of 1,700 cat food formulas and examined more than 100 brands. They came up with a list of top 10 cat foods, all from different companies. They eliminated foods with artificial ingredients, preservatives, and dyes. Once again, Royal Canin made the “naughty list” as did many others, including Natural Balance, Purina, Meow Mix, and Iams. Read this important report and learn what brands were given top ratings and why at this website: http://www.reviews.com/cat-food/.
Although many of the top brands of dog and cat food are higher priced than Purina or other grocery store-type foods, if your pet experiences health issues, such as kidney failure, due to ingredients in its food, what savings are you gaining should you incur high veterinary bills? Or worse, your pet dies?
Giving our pets quality nutrition is as important for their health as us eating good food is for our own health. Consider these reports and reviews to help you select the best food for your best furry friend!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.