Natural Pet Food

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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What is Natural Pet Food?

According to the Pet Committee of the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), natural can appear on a pet food label only when all of the ingredients meet the definition of "natural." The only exception allowed is the use of synthetic vitamin and mineral additives. This means that no products that contain any chemical additives, such as preservatives or dyes, can be in the food.

One of the best places to find such natural pet foods is on the Internet. Here you will be able to search through dozens of websites in less time than it takes to make one trip to a local pet food store. You will also find many sites that offer pet food comparisons. Check them out. You might be surprised to find that many of even the most expensive store brand or major brand pet foods cannot meet the natural food standard and, in fact, can include numerous harmful ingredients.

Manufactured Pet Food: "Fast Food?"

Prior to World War II, most people fed their pets table scraps which included meat and bones. Many dog breeds commonly lived well over 20 years. The development of K-rations for use by the army resulted in a whole new food industry in the United States. That industry quickly got into the dog food business. Interestingly enough, in the six decades since packaged and canned dog food has been available, the average lifespan of many breeds has virtually been cut in half. In addition, household pets are now more and more frequently subjected to diseases that were seldom seen in them only a few decades ago.

If you want to make a difference in your pet's quality of life and, possibly, even lengthen the amount of time you will be able to enjoy your pet, you will feel great about buying natural pet food online. Many websites selling natural foods for pets also offer chat rooms and online answers to your questions. You should see an improvement in your pet's demeanor within a couple of months. If you have an older pet or one that is ill, check with your vet before changing foods. You and your pet will feel better!

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