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How to Evaluate Your Pet’s Food

Ask yourself the following questions to help evaluate your pet’s food and food company.

  1. Who formulates the diets?
  2. Is there an address and 800 # for the manufacturer on the bag?
  3. Does the company have a board certified veterinary nutritionist on staff?
  4. What specific quality control measures does the company take to assure quality and consistency of the food?
  5. Where are the diets produced or manufactured?
  6. Can the company provide a complete nutrient analysis for all foods, including caloric density?
  7. Is the diet appropriate for your pet’s age, breed and activity level?
  8. Have AAFCO feeding trials substantiated that the food is complete and balanced (Listed on the bag) ?
  9. Is the food guaranteed?
  10. Does your pet like the food and appear healthy?

Be aware of words such as “holistic”, “organic” and “human grade” – They are primarily marketing terms and have no legal definition for pet foods. The word “natural” means the food should not contain any chemically synthesized ingredients.

Be aware there are foods intended for supplemental or intermittent feeding only – they are not complete and balanced.

For more information go to:

American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition 

Veterinary Nutritional Consultants 

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