How can anyone look into the face of Smugdes, here, or the faces of their own beloved companions and not want to give them the very best in care starting with nutrition? Although pets and people have different nutritional requirements, there is one rule that applies to all…clean food leads to a better quality of life.
Unlike us, pets are not all that discriminating when it comes to what they put into their mouths. (i.e. slippers, dirt, the cable bill). But, like us, it is important what ends up in their bodies. Additives, colorings, artificial flavorings, pesticides and processed foods take their toll over time leading to discomfort, disease and a shorter life span. While we are not always quick enough to salvage the cable bill before it is digested or paid, we can be discriminating about our choice of pet food and the ingredients that foster good health.
There is plenty of information on the web, both proven and unsubstantiated, about what goes into pet food and it isn’t pretty. But rather than being consumed by the distasteful aspects, time might be better spent investigating what is good for your pet and finding food labels that match.
As with all labels, ingredients are listed in decreasing order of amounts. According to Dog Food Scoop, you should look for identified meats (or meal) and fat to be at the top followed by quality grains, fruits and vegetables, which are not essential, but can add flavor and substance. Also be sure to look for a brand that uses natural preservatives.
Find out all you need to know about pet nutrition and get your questions answered at the Doylestown Food Market’s upcoming FED talk, Thursday, March 9, 7pm to 9pm at Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N Broad Street in Doylestown. We will welcome Dr. Laura Weis, owner of Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care. Visit doylestown.coop for details and registration.