No Big Difference Between Cheap And Expensive Pet Food

September 1, 2017

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Americans spend upwards of $69 billion on out pets, with the majority of that on food.  But with a staple that has its own aisle in the grocery store, which food is best?  According to the Association of American Feed Control (AAFCO), the organization charged with making sure laws on livestock feed are enforced, there is no big difference between any of them.  Cheap or expensive, the nutritional value of each food is roughly the same.  All those pictures of juicy steaks, tender chicken and tasty fish are used to entice pet owners to buy it.  For the most part, the protein source is from animal by-products humans won't eat. The branding can be confusing as well, considering there is no rules or standards for certain words in describing animal food.  Words like natural, holistic and organic are generally meaningless. But there are strict standards to advertise the amount of meat in pet food. "100% meat, chicken and/or fish" means the food must be made entirely of the meat advertised. "Chicken" dog or cat food means it is made up of at least 95% chicken in dry food or 70% in wet food.  "Chicken Recipe" means the food is made up of at least 25% of the protein advertised. "Made with real chicken" means there must be at least 3% chicken. Finally "Chicken flavor" means the meat flavor has to be somewhere in the ingredients. As for the rest of the ingredients, grains make up the most.  In short, the cheaper varieties use more grains, which result in more poop to clean up.  Also, like people, some pets have digestive concerns so avoid foods with higher amounts of barley and soy as these tend to give your pet more gas.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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