Pet food is commercially manufactured pet food meant for consumption by pets primarily for their nutritional needs. Usually available in supermarkets and pet shops, it’s generally specific to the kind of animal, like cat food or dog food. Most commercial pet food is made from byproducts of the food industry and isn’t considered to be “real” food. As such many people (like you and me) consider pet food to be cruel and eatable and wish to avoid buying it. But what can you do if you can’t avoid buying it?
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pet food. This means that all pet food products must be nutritionally balanced and comply with the guidelines and requirements outlined in the 2021 Code of Federal Regulations for Identity Tags and Labels. These federal regulations state that the identification tag or label must display the manufacturer’s name and the address of the manufacturer, as well as a telephone number. The product also must be labeled with an expiration date and a food safety symbol. And the product must contain an “allergy-free” and “preservative-free” label.
Although most commercial pet foods are nutritionally balanced, not all are. Some are deficient in important nutrients, and even though some are fortified with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, many are left inadequately fed. It’s sad to think that hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are fed commercially manufactured pet food with sub-par nutrition. The common denominator for all of these inferior products is that the bulk ingredients used to create them are from animal sources that come from across the globe. Yes, the United States is a rich country, and we have abundant supplies of meat, milk, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruits, and grains. But our availability of meat sources (so many cattle, chickens, pigs, turkeys, chickens, etc) comes from animals raised in other countries, not from our domestic pets.
Pet food makers are aware of this problem, and that’s why they’ve developed a new product that solves the problem of nutritionally inadequate pet food: dry kibble. Dry kibble is made from all-natural, renewable food sources and is free of antibiotics, hormones, additives, preservatives, artificial colorings, or other chemicals. Best of all, it’s healthier than any commercial dog food can ever be. So, why are so many people still feeding commercial pet food to their four-legged friends? It’s because they have been conditioned by conventional thinking to believe that pet food has to taste good. And although a dry kibble dog treat will never have a taste like a traditional dry dog treat – because it’s made out of natural, wholesome ingredients, there’s no taste associated with it.
There are two kinds of fats in pet foods: bad fats and good fats. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten used to just hearing the bad fats, such as trans-fats, methane gases, hydrogenated oils, etc. And we don’t even recognize the good fats, such as Omega 3s, which are essential to human health. Experts claim that we need at least 8 teaspoons a day of fats for optimal health.
Another nutrient that’s often overlooked in commercial dog food (and even in home-cooked dog food) is protein. The best quality commercially available dog food contains the protein you find in steak, chicken, mutton, and fish. Also, there’s enough protein in many of the dog foods to fulfill the daily requirement of most pets (not all dogs are on a vegetarian diet, but most of them should have at least some red meat as part of their diet). Commercial dog food companies would like you to believe that they’ve included all the necessary nutrients in their pet foods, but the truth is that they rely on their manufacturers to provide the information and they use “spinning” techniques to make their pet food appear healthy.