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What Brand of Pet Food Should You Buy?

Sunday, June 16, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG AND CAT EATINGIf you just adopted a new pet, don’t go to the store and select the cheapest brand of pet food. Give your pet high quality food. Being a new pet owner, you are probably confused as to which foods are best suited for your pet. As you sort through the various brands,  look for a nutritional statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

The AAFCO determines the appropriate levels of fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in growth and maintenance cat and dog foods. They help set the standards for the pet food industry according to  Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACCN, who works at AAHA-accredited Foster Hospital for Small Animals in Massachusetts.

Manufacturers frequently use the terms “natural,” “organic,” “premium,” or “gourmet” to appeal to pet owners but “complete and balanced” are the terms that pet owners should be concerned with.

Before a food can be marketed as “complete and balanced,” it must undergo a strict feeding trial under AAFCO guidelines or meet AAFCO nutrition levels.

Remember, your pets count!

 

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