Animal nutrition principles for feeding pets continue to develop. An example of how far we have actually come issues what we veterinarians, 30 years earlier, used to call “All Meat Dogs.” These pathetically sick and dying canines were being available in clinics all over the United States, thin, weak, with loss of hair and metabolic imbalances as a direct outcome of eating a nationally marketed “All Meat” canned pet dog food.
Almost everyone at that time thought that because dogs were carnivores (they’re technically omnivores) that “all meat” diet plans should be the best thing for them! If fed 100% meat for prolonged periods, we understand now that pet dogs can not endure.
Considering that then, family pet food makers’ knowledge has actually altered and they now make some correctly developed foods. For the family pet food buyer, and worse for the pet dog, there are available all throughout the United States various brand names of foods that, regardless of what the label might claim, are NOT an excellent source of nutrition for your pet.
Throughout my thirty years of veterinary practice, I have actually often been distressed by the poor condition I see a few of my canine clients in due to inferior quality diet plans that the owner truthfully thinks to be adequate. In good faith, the dog owner assumes that considering that the pet dog food label declares “well balanced and total”, “premium”, “high protein”, and so on, that their pet dog will instantly do simply great if that’s all it is fed.
Because of misleading or unclear labeling of the pet food, the owner unwittingly will feed an insufficient diet. And it might be years before the FDA needs more stringent standards for canine food makers to follow so that deceptive, unclear, and in some cases, bogus labeling practices no longer confuse or trick the purchaser.
I could put together a “high protein” canine food where the protein is made up of an indigestible compound such as plumes, conceal, or hoofs. Sure, the protein level by analysis might be high (and even the professionals don’t agree regarding just what quantity qualifies as “high” protein level in a food) however if the canine’s gastrointestinal system is unable to break the protein molecules down into amino acids and then soak up and make use of those amino acids, the diet plan is worthless as a food source for the pet dog!
“high protein” on the label suggests absolutely nothing; you’ve got to read the ingredients label to see if the source of protein is digestible.
It’s a good concept to check out the pet food label to see if the declaration of its viability is documented either by analysis or through feeding trials as specified by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). You should have much greater self-confidence in the diet’s dietary worth if feeding trials on live dogs have actually been done instead of the diet plan having been designed on paper only and, for that reason, formulated by analysis.
Did you understand that even if the pet food label states that the active ingredients are X, Y, Z that there may not be any X or Y or Z in the food at all? The practice of replacement of one or more components is a higher possibility if you buy that food from a small regional mill or if the food is of a generic range.
On the other hand, some animal food producers will substitute ingredients and not alter the label to truly reflect what you’re purchasing. Rate and accessibility of raw components alter from day to day, the less ethical manufacturer will then replace one ingredient for another in order to keep production expenses to a minimum. They wish to make that food as inexpensively as possible! And changing the label to reflect the component change is not needed to be done immediately.