Did you ever think some of your pet’s ailments may be related to the food you are feeding them? Pets have food allergies just like people. Pet food is big business, in 2010 we spent 18.7 billion dollars to feed our pets. I didn’t personally spend that entire amount but it did feel like a lot. No matter what you spend, your pets symptoms may be a result of pet food allergies
With that much money involved competition is fierce among the various manufacturers of pet food. So, you can imagine that quality and good nutrition may not be at the top of the list for some companies.
There are regulations for the production of pet food.
“The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled.” Read Regulations
But just like the food we eat, you need to read the labels carefully when you are deciding what you want to get “Miss Kitty” to eat this week. Make sure you know what “meat-and-bone meal” and “by-products” on the outside of the bag actually mean. We stay away from products with artificial colors or flavors, corn (cheap filler), wheat gluten, meal, byproducts and other cheap fillers.
When times are hard we all try to find ways to cut back on expenses, just don’t do it with the pets. A trip to the vet is not any cheaper that a visit to the doctor. Any cheap pet food may result in pet food allergies.
Wishing you the best of health
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