Choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are given very little information on which to base your decisions (other than advertising) – it can get confusing! Well, fasten your seat belt depending on how much you know about the pet food industry, it could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well-kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, get ready and read on.
Beneful says it’s ‘Premium Dog Food for a Happy, Healthy Dog’ and sells for around $ 18.00 for a 31-pound bag, Science Diet “promises” “precisely balanced nutrition through continuous research and food of very high quality backed by your vet’s approval “and sells for around $ 21.00 just for a 20-pound bag. Then there are numerous pet foods that make the same claims – “Premium dog food, top quality” – that sell for $ 30.00 or more for a 20-pound bag. And the same goes for cat owners … Choose Whiskas which states “Everything we do is to make cats happy!” or choose one of those high-end cat foods that make the same claim as a happy, healthy cat but cost 3 times as much?
Now, with the pet food recall underway, pet owners have questions like “Has this food been recalled?” or “Is this food next to be recalled?” … “Is my pet safe?” Wow, this is confusing! And scary too! What exactly does a pet owner need to do? How about learning some secrets! Equipped with the knowledge of some pet food secrets, he is not so confused.
Secret n. 1 …
All pet foods use descriptive words such as choice and premium, although few of them actually use premium or first choice ingredients in their food. The “secret” is that, under the rules of the pet food industry, no pet food can make any claims or references on its label or advertisements as to the quality or grade of the ingredients. You see, the word “premium” when related to pet food does NOT mean that the ingredients of the food are premium. With pet foods, premium cannot (can) describe the food nor (can) describe the quality of the food. It’s a marketing term and that’s it. According to their own pet food industry rules and regulations, “There are no references to the quality or grade of ingredients” (regulation PF5 d 3). So, words like premium, or choice, or quality are just marketing or sales terms. They should not be construed as terms describing the quality of the food.
Now, why shouldn’t a pet food label be allowed to tell a potential customer the quality of her ingredients? Doesn’t a pet owner deserve to know what he is buying? This brings me to the next secret …
Secret n. 2 …
If I can compare food “for people” to pet food for just a second, we all know there are different qualities of food for people. There’s White Castle (I’m guilty here, I love kids!) And there’s Outback Steak House (another favorite). Both restaurants serve meat and potatoes. At White Castle for under $ 3.00 you can get a couple of burgers and an order of fries. While in Outback you can get a steak and baked potato for around $ 16.00. Both serve beef and potatoes, but you already realize that there are huge nutritional differences between a fast food burger and a steak … right? ทำเงินง่ายกับการพนัน
The problem in the pet food industry is that most pet owners don’t think in the same terms when it comes to pet food. They don’t think in terms that there are fast food types of pet food and there are more nutritious types of pet food in restaurants. In fact, several years ago a young man tried just this experiment with his own diet: eating nothing but fast food for 30 days. In just one month of fast food three meals a day, he gained a great deal of weight, blood pressure, and skyrocketing cholesterol levels. Now, imagine that your pet eats this type of food for its entire life.
OK, back to our two meals … if a chemical analysis of your meal at White Castle were compared to a chemical analysis of your meal at Outback, both would analyze with a percentage of protein, carbohydrates