Apr 22, 2017 by Carmen // 0 Comments

Pet Food Labels - 5 terms you should know!

If you're like me, you check the labels on the food you purchase for yourself, why not for your pet! There are 5 popular terms that the Manufacturers' use on your pets food.

Pet Food Labels – 5 terms Manufacturers use most.

Before learning about the 5 most used labels on pet food, let’s talk about Ingredients and nutrients.

We all look at labels on our own food; Ingredients, nutrients etc. What’s the difference? Well, here’s some information that both that may help you. “Ingredients” are the vehicles that provide the “nutrients”, while “nutrients” are food components that support life and are metabolically useful. For example, Lamb is an ingredient that provides nutrients such as protein, fatty acids & vitamins.

On to the 5 Pet Food Label Terms!

1. “Natural”. When a pet food is marked “natural” this means that according to FDA guidelines food ingredients have not had any chemical alterations.

2. “Organic”. If a label/container says “Organic” then at least 95% of ingredient must be organic. The word “Organic” refers to a food or ingredient lacking genetically modified organisms or “GMO”.

3. & 4. “All Life Stages” or “Adult Maintenance”. These are formulated to meet requirements for a growing puppy or kitten. This is usually means that its higher in calories, calcium and phosphorus. Watch for phrases such as “Senior Medley”, that brand marketing is often used, which can be confusing to consumers. Always read the pet food packaging carefully; Some “Flowery” language usually amounts to nothing; The food’s nutrient profile is still “All Life Stages” which may not be appropriate for an adult or mature pet. A mature pet is recommended to stock with “Adult Maintenance” which can be designed for their appropriate nutritional needs.

5. “Supplemental” Foods. The word “Supplement” carries several shifty definitions depending on your source. Most Veterinarians state this signifies a pet product intended to augment not replace a regular diet. Be careful to not confuse a pet food for supplemental use with one meant for daily consumption.

As always, check with your Veterinarian on whether any of these 5 “Labels” would be helpful for your particular pet.

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