Evaluating Pet Foods

PHOTO: “WHAT? You mean this piece of meat is *in that bowl of dog food over there? DUH, I think not. SO, what’s REALLY in that bowl?”


On-going, comprehensive listing of ingredients found in Commercial foods, as well as used in cooking.

Ingredients found in Commercial Pet Foods


Evaluating Pet Foods and Ingredients

Laboratory Pet Food Testing Information Before you send away food for testing, this would be a very informative article to read. It also lists some places to send the food for testing.


WHAT TO FEED – How To Choose

Common Fallacies of Dog Food Reviews In the articles on Ingredients to avoid and Identifying better products, I have already explained what characteristics to look for. In this article I’d like to expand a little bit on actually analyzing dog foods for comparison. I often see people arguing on various online forums when comparing foods, and of course great points are made, such as type of ingredients used, the extent of variety included, protein and fat percentages and so on.What saddens me is when dog foods are reviewed and assigned some sort of rating based on a purely arbitrary and often not well researched system. It doesn’t help with making decisions based on truly important factors and often causes people to pick one food over another (which may be more suitable for their individual dog) just because it gets a “better” rating. <Snip>   Read Full Article


Why Switch Foods? From Dr. Jean
The spice of life is variety, or so they say. If that’s true for people, what about our dogs and cats?
Pet food company advertising would have you believe that feeding one food (theirs!) for your pet’s entire adult life is the way to go. But that concept is all wrong. When you really think about it, it doesn’t even make sense!  For many of us, our pets are our children. So let’s imagine for a moment that you have a child, let’s say a 2-year old boy named Junior (of course!), and let’s imagine taking him to the pediatrician for a check-up. The doctor bustles in, looks Junior over, then plunks a big bag of Yummi-o’s down on the exam table.

“Good news,” he beams. “All the vitamins, minerals and a perfect balance of nutrients that Junior needs are right here in New Complete Yummi-o’s. Now all you have to do is make sure Junior gets three servings every day.” The doctor wags his finger at you as he continues in a serious voice, “Now, since this food is perfectly complete and balanced, you mustn’t feed Junior anything else—no apples or oatmeal or broccoli or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches—because you might cause a nutrient imbalance!”  Read entire article here It is great reading


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