Pet Food Information

In recent years pets have become part of the family. If pets are part of the family why do they still eat like second class citizens? There are thousands of different types of food to feed your pet. They range in quality from junk that barely meets minimum requirements to high end foods with ingredients to satisfy the most discriminating person. Unfortunately most pet foods fall in the lower end of this range. With pet foods you generally get what you pay for. So how can you decide which food is the best for your pet? The following are some tips on what to look for when evaluating your pet’s food.

Activity level– active dogs generally need energy dense food while less active dogs need high fiber foods to help them feel full without extra calories

Life Stage– Puppies and kittens need nutrient rich foods to support rapid growth and senior pets need highly digestible foods.

Special Needs– Problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, unhealthy skin/coat, allergies and arthritis can be managed or eliminated when you find the right food for your pet.

What to avoid

  1. No meat by-products. By-products may contain heads, feet, and intestines all of which are low in digestibility and low in nutrients. These by-products are not fit for human consumption so why is it okay to feed them to your pet?

  2. No Corn. Corn is minimally digested by pets and offers minimal nutrients to your pet.

  3. No Wheat. Wheat is a common allergen for pets.

  4. No Soy. Soy is difficult for pets to digest and is a common allergen.

  5. No artificial colors, additives or preservatives. These often cause chronic illness and are potential allergens. Feed foods with natural colors and preservatives.

  6. No Brewers yeast. Brewer’s yeast is a common allergen.

What to look for

  1. Meat. Meat should be the first ingredient. Cats are carnivores (eat meat only) and dogs are omnivores(eat primarily meat with some vegetable matter).

  2. Natural ingredients. You should be able to read, understand, and pronounce the list of ingredients on your pet’s food label. If you can do this, then your pet is eating natural, whole foods.

  3. Human grade. Ingredients should be fit for human consumption. Again, if its not okay for you to eat, then why is it okay for your pet to eat?

**Lyons Vet Clinic sells and recommends Wellness®,  Canidae®, and Earthborn Holistic® brand pet foods**