What’s in a Pet Food Name?

by Susan Thixton

From looking at as many labels as I do, I’ve been reminded about an interesting but disheartening issue about some . Many pet produce dozens of different types of and . Besides the typical adult or formulas – there are foods that are marketed to specific needs of – such as senior pets, indoor cats, dental formulas, and so on. The problem can be that with these niche marketing pet foods – often times there is no difference (or there is very little difference) in between the higher priced niche products and a maintenance pet food.

A few examples…

The first five ingredients of a cat food selling as a ‘hairball management’ pet food…Chicken, Chicken Meal, Cracked Pearled , Egg Product, Ground Rice,

Same company – now below is the first five ingredients to a cat food sold as a ‘finicky eater’ dietChicken, Chicken Meal, Egg Product, Cracked Pearled Barley, Ground Rice,

As you can see, the first five ingredients are exactly the same. The only difference in the two foods is the third and fourth ingredients and switched in the two foods.

It is not that all are not good or appropriate for the named use, I am only suggesting that you look closely at the ingredients. Many times a pet food that is designed for a niche purpose also carries a hefty price tag as well. Pet owners could be paying for something that has no proven benefit for their dog or cat and that is basically no different than a lesser priced maintenance .

Please read the ingredients in your pet’s food and treats. Also, call the pet food manufacturer and ask if the are human grade meats and if any ingredients are imported.

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