Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Healthy Pet Food Tips

You love your pet and care for him as well but many pet owners are generally unaware about the kind of food they are offering to their beloved pets. Like us human beings pets life span also depends upon th quality of food that goes into system.If food is not up to the standard it may harm your pet and even endanger his life as well, so always pay attention to what you are giving to your pet. In 2007 FDA pulled down more then 100 pet food products off the shelf. The culprit of the contaminated food was wheat gluten poisoned with melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers.The tainted food caused kidney failure and other illnesses, and may have killed thousands of pets.
Consider getting your pet on a natural holistic food diet. Natural food contains only natural ingredients. When you give your pet natural food, you can have peace of mind; you won’t be like other pet owners who are sick with worry and wondering if the food they just gave to their pet is tainted with harmful ingredients and lethal toxins. Here are some healthy pet food tips for your dogs and cats:

  1. Give your Pet Natural Diet: Natural food can enhance your dogs lifespan. This type of food has no preservatives or chemicals; you’re basically keeping your dog from developing diseases that are commonly caused by chemicals and preservatives in food. Studies have shown that chemicals in pet foods can cause cancer. By feeding your dog fresh holistic pet food, you lower your dog’s chances of developing cancer-related diseases. Apart from that your pet looks beautiful in a in a smooth and silky coat!
  2. Easy on your budget: Contrary to what most of the pet owners believe natural or human grade fresh food generally costs much lesser than packaged pet food. Firstly because we are feeding pets what we bring for ourselves from grocery shop for ex. porridge, red meat, chapati etc. Secondly cost of preservatives is not included in home made natural food. Always keep one thing in mind the more organic food you give to your pet more healthy he will be.
  3. Be Careful: Learn to decipher labels on commercial pet foods. The most important parts of the label are the nutritional adequacy statement and ingredients list. The former tells you whether a food is suitable as the sole nourishment for a healthy pet, as judged by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. The label will specify that the product "provides complete and balanced nutrition." Look for labels that state that the food has been tested using AAFCO procedures. A well-formulated cat or dog food will list chicken, beef, lamb, poultry, or fish meal first (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Cats are carnivores and dogs are omnivores, so both need their meat. Bonemeal and other meat by-products are poorer sources of protein. Soy, rice, oats, yeast, wheat, corn, and other fillers provide protein but aren't as digestible, so look for foods that list these lower in the ingredients. Manufacturers sometimes try to mask the amount of fillers in pet foods by breaking them into components. For example, corn may be listed as cornmeal, corn gluten, and ground corn. If all three were grouped together, corn would appear much higher in the ingredients. At the end of the list, you'll find preservatives. Ethoxyquin is one of the most controversial, because it may affect a dog's liver. Look for foods preserved with Vitamin C (also referred to as ascorbic acid) or Vitamin E (frequently listed as tocopherol) instead.
  4. Buy organic pet food: The "USDA Organic" logo guarantees that what's in the can or bag is certified 95 percent organic, and that the majority of the ingredients meet the same guidelines as organic food produced for humans (see Produce). The food won't contain pesticides or antibiotics, and it's preserved with natural substances like Vitamins C and E. As with any food, the organic option will be more expensive, but it's healthier for your pet, and the way it is produced is definitely better for the environment.


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