Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
A new phenomenon on the web is consumers opening up health websites and telling other consumers which products are good with their own rating system. More and more of these pet websites are appearing. Should you trust these sites?
The reality is many sites are run by individuals that have either read information on the web and became an expert from their web readings without any real nutrition training, owned a dog kennel, etc.
One site, Dog Food Advisor, is run by a medical professional that created his own animal food analysis software. A web site dedicated to researching quality pet products is very beneficial, the intricacies of knowing if a pet food is good or not is not to be taken lightly.
Some pet foods will have 3, 4 or 5 grains after the first item-would that be considered a good food? If a product uses chicken or another protein in the kibble, why are they using a flavoring agent? Shouldn’t the protein be pungent enough for a dog’s sensory organs?
Education is paramount, when you consider a dog or cat food, research the ingredients.
For instance, why is a company using pea protein? Are they boosting protein levels with an inexpensive ingredient or are they using the ingredient for higher protein amounts in a grain free product that uses real meat? Have you ever observed a dog eating olives? So why use olive oil? Is a food with limited ingredients better than a food with a multitude of ingredients?
The beautiful dog food bag has better ingredients than a less colorful dog food bag. Read the ingredient profile- you can be amazed. Pet food ingredients are listed in descending order. If some of the fruits and vegetables are right before the vitamins and minerals, a minimal amount is used.
Doesn’t a meal of Rotisserie Chicken Flavor sound tasty? A colorful and fantastic artwork enhanced bag. Look at the ingredients- soybean meal, soy flour, animal fat, brewer’s rice, soy protein concentrate followed by corn gluten meal. A natural food with wholesome chicken uses chicken by-product meal as the second ingredient and corn meal. Is this a quality natural dog food?
Pet food with over 45% protein sounds as if you’re getting a lot of product for the money. That amount of protein is very good for extreme activity dogs such as the Iditarod run- a less active dog could have severe organ reactions trying to digest all that protein.
When going to a dog and cat food ratings website- research the owners of the site and their experience. Research their educational background and if they ever formulated dog or cat foods, see if they have animal nutrition education, if they have gone to a medical or holistic school, etc.
Do your homework and let’s keep our animals healthy!
If you have any questions- please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elliott Harvey MH, Author, “The Healthy Wholistic Dog”
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This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. (Pet Assure customers receive a 15% discount on products at doctorsfinest.com by entering coupon code PA-03.) Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.