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…

Healthy Pet Foods: You Are What You Eat

Elmhurst_BevHills_iStock_000068352321_LargeOpening a new bag of potato chips can sound like a symphony, and the anticipation of crunchy, salty goodness can be too much to bear… Junk food doesn’t just appeal to humans, though. Many pets are acutely aware of the precise moment that a tasty treat is about to be enjoyed – and the sport of begging and pleading for just one little nibble ensues.

It feels good to include your pet in your indulgence, and it seems to make them happy, too; but sharing table scraps or junk food with your animal companion has serious ramifications.

So, instead of sharing one more piece of cheese or one of your last coveted Girl Scout Cookies, the staff at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates has teamed up to offer our ideas of healthy pet foods. We’re sure that these foods will satiate your pet’s appetite, and keep him or her healthy and happy for years to come. Continue…

The 411 on Making Your Own Pet Food

beagle in kitchenWhether it is in search of a healthier option, concerns about food allergies, or looking to save a few dollars, pet owners everywhere are turning to making their pet’s dinner in their own kitchen.

Putting together a nutritious, delicious meal for your dog or cat may seem like an easy task, however it is more of a challenge than many people anticipate. Keep reading to learn more about making your own pet food before taking the leap.

The Positives of Designing a Custom Diet

There are many reasons why pet owners choose to make a diet at home for their pet, and there is no doubt that there are potential upsides to doing so. A nutritious, balanced diet is absolutely crucial to your pet’s overall health and well-being.

Formulating your own diet can:

  • Allow you to know the source and quality of every ingredient your pet is consuming
  • Give you flexibility in adding or avoiding certain ingredients
  • Let you tailor the diet more specifically to your pet’s individual needs