Making Sense of Pet Food Labels

Dogs foodThe act of selecting the perfect food for your special pet can be a daunting task. If you take a visit to your favorite pet supply store, the options are overwhelming. Do you go with grain free? Is your dog a senior? Do you really need to spend that much to be a good pet owner?

Selecting a healthy pet food is much easier when you understand what is in the bag. In order to do that, you must understand how to read pet food labels and decipher what everything means. Having a good foundation understanding of pet food labels can make making your pet’s nutritional choices a much easier task.

Label Basics

There are a few parts of a pet food label that are required to appear on every single bag or can of dog or cat food. Be sure to look for these to know what you are getting.

The first thing to check for is the AAFCO statement. AAFCO, or the Association of American Feed Control Officials, is an organization that sets nutritional standards for pet foods sold in the United States. All pet food should bear a statement that tells you: Continue…

You Are What You Eat: Paying Attention to Pet Food Labels

Bowl of Dog FoodFor most pet owners, the quality of the food they are feeding their pets is a growing concern. From gluten-free and grain-free to organic, the trend in higher quality (and more expensive) pet food has many pet guardians confused about which product to choose.

Is it true that carbs are bad for cats? Should dogs eat more vegetables? And, what about chicken meal vs. chicken?

To clear up some of the confusion, the team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates will walk you through the basics of what to look for in a nutritious diet for your best friend. Continue…