Did you ever wonder what all that gibberish on the back of a bag of pet food actually means?
Many pet owners rely on veterinarians, breeders, Dr. Google, pet stores, etc. to help them interpret all the information. In the next few blogs I hope to enlighten the pet owner population to help them when they choose their next pet food.
I will talk about the information in the guaranteed analysis panel, including the ingredient list. I’ll show how pet food companies can actually manipulate a label’s interpretation to misguide you. I will address feeding guidelines and more.
A huge reference I personally use for our clients here at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center is an organization by the name of WSAVA. It is an unbiased committee by members all over the world with a veterinary background. They have developed their own nutritional assessment guidelines and have aids to help the veterinary team educate clients regarding anything from body condition scoring, muscle condition scoring, and caloric needs. They also have guides to help clients objectively use the internet to find nutrition information and help them select an appropriate pet food.
By Angel Blenker
Angel graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2004 with a Veterinary Technology degree and received her certification same year. She joined us in 2006 and became our lead technician in 2008. Angel goes to numerous continuing education events including the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Her special interests include alternative modalities and nutrition. She is available for nutrition consults. Angel and her husband, Kris share their house with Jerry an 8 year old DSH and Leo who is a 7 year old Dalmatian. Angel loves spending time with her family and animals. When Angel has spare time she enjoys volunteering, traveling or reading a good book.