Healthy Pet Foods

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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How do you make sure that you feed your pet healthy pet foods? Start by knowing your role. You are the hunter, the sole source of food. Once or twice a day, you produce dinner. Whether your pet is a dog or a cat or a bird, their meals come from you. First, remember that water is as important as healthy pet foods. Then, learn how to read and understand the ingredients in the healthy pet foods you buy.

Identifying Healthy Pet Foods

Ingredients in healthy pet foods and others are always listed in order of proportion. By-products are parts of animals deemed not fit for human consumption. They are not required to include meat. Rendered meat can be the meat of mammals (yes, you read that right: any mammal, which includes dogs and cats).

Many (if not most) pet foods have filler ingredients with minimal or no nutritional value. What are these? They include bone, feathers, weeds, cereal by-products, peanut hulls, soy, yeast, flour, and the like.

Chemical additives are used, as they are in our foods, as preservatives. Some are considered possibly dangerous, some are known to be. The most common additives in pet food are BHA and BHT, butylated hydroxyanisole and hydroxtoluene. These are definitively identified with kidney and liver problems. Another additive, ethoxyquin, is associated with cancer. If you're serious about providing your pet with healthy food, you'll stay away from foods with these types of ingredients.

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