How do you choose your pet’s food? Visually? Color of the bag, yummy looking meat or vegetable pictures on the bags, cute puppies or kittens. Wording? Grain-Free, no corn, no meat by-products.
All just marketing strategies to appeal to humans. I don’t think our pets care if the food is colorful or has a myriad of whole vegetables. But wait, isn’t corn a vegetable? It depends; fresh corn is a vegetable and dried corn is a grain. The bag says grain-free, but that may or may not mean it’s grain-free, depending on how the corn is processed. Corn provides about 21% of human nutrition across the globe. Then why is it bad for our pets?
So get to the point already…
Blue Buffalo has been in the news a lot about the ingredients in it’s food. You spend top-dollar to buy a grain-free or meat-by-product-free food that may actually contain those ingredients. Litigators are filing a multitude of lawsuits claiming just that.
oh, right, my point…
Who cares if your pet’s food has grain or poultry-by-products. What you need to be concerned with is that the food is nutritionally sound. This means corn, grain, or meat-by-products could in fact be A-OK for your pet to eat.
You won’t find pieces of chicken legs or bones in the food. The whole meat products and meat-by-products are processed into a concentrated protein powder.
The nutritional values of diets containing poultry vs. poultry-by-products are nearly identical.
From the Dog Food Advisor; Except for precisely identified organ meats (chicken, turkey, beef etc), follow these 2 rules:
First, never pay top dollar for any dog food that lists animal by-products on its main packaging label. In the ingredient list it is ok.
Second, never buy dog food containing anonymous animal by-products. Usually generic brands. The bag isn’t going to list road-kill in it’s ingredient list.
So, what is my point? Marketing gurus throw words and pictures on pet diets to confuse the masses and create false perceptions. What nutritional scientists ever said corn is bad, or grain is bad? Probably no one, but if it says it something like “Grain-Free” on the bag you’re thinking “oh, grain is bad, this must be a better food for my pet.” Think again and don’t be misled…